Thursday, April 5, 2007

Martha Louise Windes, 88, of Independence, formerly of Cassville, passed away Friday, March 30, 2007, in Hospice House of Kansas City.

She was born Sept. 16, 1918, in Harrison, Ark., the daughter of Thomas Jefferson and Lucy Rachel (Holland) Johnson. On March 8, 1942, she was united in marriage to Grailie Black Windes, who preceded her in death July 20, 1961. She was also preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Sally Sue in 1944; two brothers, Floyd and William Johnson and one sister, Jane Johnson Shahan.

Survivors include: one son, Billy Windes and his wife, Joyce, of Independence; one daughter, Patsy Windes, of Independence; two sisters-in-law, Joanne Johnson, of Springfield, and Irene Johnson, of Nevada; two grandsons; and one great grandson.

She professed her faith and was baptized in November, 1927, at the age of 9. She began teaching primary girls in Sunday school while a high school student. She was a graduate of Bolivar High School and Southwest Teachers College (now Southwest Missouri State University), Springfield, and did her graduate work at the University of Missouri in library science. She taught English in high schools and was librarian at Wheaton and Cassville High Schools prior to her retirement in 1982. After retirement she served as a short term volunteer with the Southern Baptist Home Mission Board in Yuma, Arizona.

Graveside services were held Tuesday in Washburn Prairie Cemetery, Washburn, with memorial services following at Cassville First Baptist Church, under direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville.

Contributions may be made to the Cassville First Baptist Church for Missions in her memory.

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