[Nfbmo] The Loss of A Dear Friend

Mary Donahue braille at satx.rr.com
Sat Sep 18 05:31:21 UTC 2010

Hello Shelia and everyone,

    I remember Martha Young very well. She was one of the first people I met 
when I joined what was the Music Division. I remember collaborating with her 
to write a song based on the theme "Walking Alone and Marching Together."" 
Between Martha, Pete, and myself, we worked up an arrangement with her 
lyrics to the tune of "Waltzing Matilda." The song was never in the NFB song 
book, but Dr. Maurer got a copy during the 1993 national convention. Martha 
always served as the stage manager during the annual showcase of talent, 
too. I missed her in later years during the conventions, but obviously, God 
had other plans for her.

    I know she will be missed. Thank you for sharing her obituary with the 

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Shelia Wright" <sbwright95 at att.net>
To: "'NFB of Missouri Mailing List'" <nfbmo at nfbnet.org>
Sent: Friday, September 17, 2010 10:52 PM
Subject: [Nfbmo] The Loss of A Dear Friend

> Dear Federation Family,
> I and the Kansas City Chapter feel a great loss of a dear friend and
> Federation colleague. Though she has not been able to participate in many 
> of
> our most recent activities, so many of our federation memories between 
> 1990
> and the present includes our dear friend Martha Young.
> We learned tonight that Martha passed away on Wednesday, September 15th. I
> know that many of you across the state will miss her too.
> Please keep Martha's sister, children and grand children in your prayers.
> Below is the obituary that ran in today's Kansas City Star.
> Martha, I know you tried to keep up with all of those you called "the 
> young
> people". So I will end this with the lingo of today's youth. RIP!
> Shelia Wright
> Photo
> Martha Frances Young was born on January 31, 1924, in Stanley, KS to John
> Zebedee Linder and Blanche Merle Linder. She passed away quietly on
> September 15, 2010, at Garden Valley Manor & Rehabilitation Center at the
> age of 86. She leaves behind her sister, Edna Clark, her son, Michael 
> Young
> and his wife, Ruth and her daughter, Janice Valenti and her three 
> grandsons,
> Paul, Jeffrey and wife, Jenifer, Kevin and wife, Melissa and six
> great-grandchildren, Jordon, Jackson, Nicolas, Joseph, Anna and Matthew 
> and
> many-in-laws, nephews, and nieces. As a young woman, Martha was very 
> active
> in her church. She was one of the earliest members of the Park Hill
> Christian Church and was the first Chi Rho leader in that church's 
> history.
> She was also very active in their vacation bible school program and loved
> working with children and young people. In later life she became a Weight
> Watcher lecturer and traveled around to various small towns in Missouri
> bringing her message of "program" foods and how to lose weight the healthy
> way. She was also a member of various organizations and because she 
> suffered
> from macular degeneration, the one dearest to her heart was the National
> Federation of the Blind, where she spent a lot of her time and energy
> helping those who could not see as well as she could. Donations in her
> memory can be made to Park Hill Christian Church, 6601 NW 72nd St., Kansas
> City, MO 64151. A memorial service will be held at Garden Village, 8550
> North Granby, Kansas City, MO 64154 in the third floor chapel on Saturday,
> September 18, 2010, at 3pm.


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