Thursday, February 15, 2007

Martha Mary Reece, 99, died Feb. 6, 2007, at her residence in Modesto, Calif., following a lengthy illness.

She was born on May 1, 1907, in the Pioneer community, daughter of John David and Elbera Bell (Wheeler) Bettis, and grew up in the Pioneer/Fairview area. In the fall of 1933, she was baptized into the fellowship of the Old German Baptist Brethren Church, near Sawyer, Kan. In March of 1944, the family moved to Modesto, Calif., where Martha resided until her death.

She married Elmer Reece on Aug. 21, 1926. He preceded her in death on March 8, 1977.

Survivors include: her daughter, Ada May Reece, of Modesto, Calif.; her son-in-law, Harold Wolf; four grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and 17 great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Katherine Wolf in June of 2005; one great-granddaughter, three sisters, Bertha Harrison, Lona Ann Bettis, and Ada Russell; and two brothers, Emery and an unnamed infant.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. today (Wednesday) at the White Funeral Home in Cassville. Burial was at Dice Cemetery, Fairview.

Local arrangements are under the direction of the White Funeral Home, Cassville.