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May 14, 2014

Martha Ellison

Martha Ellison, 72, of Moravia, passed away Saturday May 10, 2014 at her home.

She was born Aug. 5, 1941 in Purdin, Mo., the daughter of Ervin and Audree (Warren) Barrows. Martha was raised on the family farm in Purdin. She graduated from Liberty High School in Browning, Mo. in 1959. Martha later earned her bachelor’s degree from Northeast Missouri State University in Kirksville, Mo.

Following the completion of her schooling, Martha entered the field of teaching. Her career in teaching lasted 38 years, all in the Moravia School District in Moravia.

Martha’s passion in her free time was the betterment of the Moravia community. She spent countless hours volunteering her time towards the progressive growth of Moravia. Martha was involved in numerous community activities, including the American Legion Auxiliary, the Moravia Historical Society, Citizens Advisory Committee, the Moravia Public Library, blood donation, as well as many other groups.

She shined like an angel and was always so selfless, so giving and a wonderful person. Martha loved her family, friends, people and her community. She enjoyed nature, flowers, hummingbirds, (as well as other birds) sunlight, counting eagles and vultures at Rathbun Lake, trees when they would bud, and in the fall, the change of colors. Furthermore, Martha loved attending basketball games, the color purple, silver “bling,” teaching, helping others around her, the Moravia Library, Red Hat lunches, the Moravian stars, decorating at Christmas time, Christmas in July with her friends, shoes, long conversations, making Harvey Walbanger cakes, lemon bars, pumpkin bread, bumpy cookies, chocolate toffee pieces, chocolate, coffee, quilting, sewing red pajamas, being ornery and many, many, many other things.

Her son David has expressed his gratitude for everything she has done for him, as well as for her grandchildren, Jesse and David. Martha always had time for everyone and everything, and if she didn’t, she would make time. Her son David has stated that he didn’t think he ever once heard her complain about anything and he is truly grateful for the times he shared with her.

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