2004 Martin Family News

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 Posted 12/19/2004--

from Phyllis Gish- -

I am now the business manager for Kansas Health Care Association, the largest not-for-profit member association representing profit and not-for-profit health care facilities providing long-term, subacute, rehabilitative and assitsed living services to Kansans. KHCA is the leader in providing services to and advocating for the State's providers of these services. We provide our members with business services including legal, financial, legislative, regulatory, public and community relations and continuing education in the form of seminars in areas of health care. We are the Kansas affiliate of the American Health Care Association (AHCA)
I work with 5 others in this fast paced business. Two of our staff focus on legislative issues, another coordinates the educational events and another spends a lot of time with work comp. I will be keeping all organized and manage our data. Some of the facilities I have been working with the last 8 years are members, so it's nice to already know some of our members.

Posted 12/7/2004--

Edwin and Brenda Martin, Wamego, announce their oldest son, Josh Martin, graduated Saturday, Dec. 11, from Kansas State University with a double major: Business Finance and Mechanical Engineering. Good luck, Josh!

Zora Martin passed away on Friday, December 3, 2004, after a brief illness. Her obituary appeared in the next day's Topeka Capital-Journal.

Posted 9/6//2004--

from Peggy Long- -

Zora, at her 90th birthday celebrationZora at family reunions 1999-2004
   Zora C. Martin, Holton, formerly of Meriden, was guest of honor at a celebration of  her 90th birthday to be hosted by her 4 children and their spouses; Don and Joan Martin, Burlingame; Ray and Sue Hallauer, Holton; Don and Peggy Long, Topeka; and Mike and Debbie Martin, Meriden; her 8 grandchildren and 5 great- grandchildren.
    The celebration was held Sunday, September 12, at the Trinity Lutheran Church, Holton, KS.
    Zora C. Garner Martin was born September 6, 1914 in Winchester, Ks.  She was a homemaker and raised her four children with her husband, Harry A. Martin, in the Meriden community.  She has lived the last several years in the Holton community.
Visit Zora's Ninetieth Birthday Celebration

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from Carol Yoho--

Dad was featured in his Martin Creek Neighborhood Newsletter for September, 2004. There have been only three Resident-of-the-Month features in the newsletter so far, and the person they pick must be nominated by two or more residents-—so it is an honor to be chosen:

Martin Creek Resident of the Month, Sept. 2004
Cleve Martin
By Phyllis Mason

Cleve {Jack} Martin    Cleve was born near Meriden, Kansas. He was one of nine children—six brothers and two sisters. One brother and one sister are still living.
    Cleve graduated from Meriden High School. He served in the U.S. Navy as an Engineer on an aircraft carrier for 45 months during WWII. After the Navy, Cleve returned to Kansas. He served his apprenticeship as a barber in Alma, Kansas. He worked as a barber in Topeka most of his career.
    Cleve met his wife, Hazel “Gerry” Miller, at Rock Creek, near Meriden. She was a high school teacher. They were married 44 years; she passed away in 1991. He has one daughter, Carol, who teaches computer classes at Washburn University, three stepsons, five grandchildren, and two great-grandsons.
    Cleve moved to Martin Creek in early 2002. He has made many friends, and currently enjoys playing pool, golf, the card game pitch, and bowls. He also used to play baseball, Ping-Pong, and tennis.
Cleve is now very active in the community. He has volunteered for Red Cross since 1978, driving a car picking up people for medical appointments; he serves meals for clubs and special events at Washburn University to earn money for his church, and helps with Bingo at the VFW once or twice each week.
He is looking forward to many more years at Martin Creek, as his Mom lived to the age of 103.
Thank you, Cleve, for joining us at Martin Creek. Keep active and happy and look forward to the many years ahead.

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from phone call of Ed Martin and web link to Channel 5 News, Nashville--

Andrea meets President Bush in Nashville, 8/31/2004     When President Bush arrived in Nashville Tuesday, Andrea Martin, 21, greeted him.
     Martin was selected to meet the President after two phone interviews with representatives from USA Freedom Corps, the organization Mr. Bush formed after September 11 to encourage Americans to volunteer.
     President Bush usually meets one person who embodies the spirit of citizenship and service in every city he visits.
     Martin delayed college for a year to volunteer full-time with Mercy Ministries, a nonprofit, faith-based ministry for young women ages 13 to 28 who are dealing with eating disorders, abuse, chemical dependency or unplanned pregnancies.
     Now that she's a pre-med major at MTSU, she volunteers one day a week and on weekends.
     "This may sound silly to some people," Martin said, "But I want to ask him how I can pray for our country and the things he's doing for our country."
Andrea sent this photo of her meeting with the President
Accompanying this news item were TWO digital movies. One features Andrea Martin and the second shows her meeting President Bush.

—hehe look what I got. don't be deceived, even though it look like i'm calm and collected i'm really shaking! :) Andrea

◄ select photo to see the larger version

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Posted 8/23/2004, updated 8/29/2004 --

from Allison Martin --

News from the Kelly Martin family--  Our son Taylor, playing baseball on the American Legion Team this summer, helped win the state championship the second year in a row. Taylor was named Most Valuable Player of the legion team and also won the Louie Henrich Scholarship. Taylor is returning to Neosho County Community College (Chanute) on a baseball scholarship and daughters Kahla and Aftan are both returning to KU to pursue their degrees.

Kelly and Allison Martin also sent a photo of their newest family member: Andrea Bolz. They call her Andie. Andie was adopted from a Russian orphanage when she was 2 years old by Allison's sister, who passed away in May 2003.

Andie, Christmas 2003Taylor, running bases after a home run, Bartlesville, OKnTaylor covers first base, Bartlesville, OKTaylor at first base, Bartlesville, OK

Posted 6/10/2004 --

Connie Lay at Aunt Zora's birthday reception, 9-12-2004
from Darlene Morgans

Dear Family:  Connie was diagnosed with breast cancer in January and has been undergoing chemotherapy and will also have radiation.  She is doing very well with the treatments to date.  Some of you may know she retired on Dec. 31 and her husband Bill Lay retired on March 30.  They were planning to move to the Lake of the Ozarks, but have decided now to wait until her treatments are complete (sometime in Oct.).  I'm sure she would appreciate your prayers. 

NOTE: Connie attended Zora Martin's birthday reception in Sept. 2004 and
reports that she is doing well.

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from Roger Martin, Charottesville, VA --

We are feeling more and more settled.  It's hard to remember it's been only a year since we moved here.  Cole finishes Kindergarten this week, and he loved the whole experience.  Cabot will be in a preschool next year and is looking forward to FINALLY getting to do some "big kid stuff."  Lisa is looking forward to having a little time on her hands, but that is pretty well swamped by the realization that her baby boys are moving on.  She's going to be more active than ever with the boys' schools, though, so she'll just fill her time with new types of activities.

Dennis & Katie with new son, Carter Allen

Posted 6/9/2004 -- from Darlene Morgans --

Thought I'd let everyone know about our newest family member.  Dennis & Katie gave us our 11th grandchild,  Carter Allen Reaser, born May 7.  He has a brother, Trevor (8), and two sisters, Masie (almost 5) and Emma (2).  As you can see, he is just as cute as the other 10. 
We are so blessed.

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Posted 6/2/2004 -- from Donnie Martin --

Well I offically retired yesterday from the Postal Service (June 1, 2004) I had worked for the Postal Service for 34 years and 4 months. I started on Feb. 7, 1970. And with my military time I have a little over 36 years Gov. service.

Posted 5/24/2004 -- from Brian Hallauer --

Mom (Sue Hallauer) had two "mini" strokes on April 16.  The first while at work and the other in the ambulance on the way to Stormont Vail. She is doing great now with no noticeable lasting effects. She says she does feel a little weaker since the strokes but is getting around fine. The doctor's put her on blood thinner and she must go in for monthly checkups.

Posted 5/23/2004 --

Bob Martin shot a golf hole-in-one on Monday, May 17, on the 16th hole at Village Green Golf Course near Ozawkie. His brother Jack was a witness. This is the same hole where Jack shot a hole-in-one on November 2002, with Bob as witness. Monday's shot was the second hole-in-one for Bob. He shot a hole-in-one in October 1999 at Sports Center of Topeka, hole #5—again with Jack as witness.

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GRADUATING Spring 2004:

Phillip Martin, son of Ed and Brenda Martin, graduated Sat., May 22, 2004 from Kansas State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering specializing in nuclear engineering. 5/23/2004

from Katherine and David Ragland --

Leah Bengfort will be graduating from Avila College in Kansas City on May 15th. Her degree is in Social Work.  Leah, Tim and Lucas are planning on moving into their new home in Gardner Ks. later this month. 3/14/2004

from Connie Lay --

I have a granddaughter, Daysha Jennings, who will be graduating from high school this spring.  She is Diane and Gregg's oldest. 3/7/2004

Posted 3/14/2004 -- from Brian and Dana Hallauer --

Gracelyn Ann is doing fine at four months. Here are photos (note: Gracelyn's beautiful red hair, just like Mom's):

in charge of the TV remoteGrecelyn AnnValentine babyGracelyn SURE looks like Grandma Hallauer!Two redheads: Gracelyn and Mom Dana

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Posted 3/6/2004 -- from Linda Wilson

Lori Wilson, recent college graduate! I wanted to update you on Lori's activities. She actually graduated in Dec. from K-State, not in May. She recently accepted a job with Herff-Jones and we moved her to Madison, Wisconsin, in mid-Feb.  She'll be a Yearbook Sales Rep. and will have about 16 schools that she'll have accounts with. She just got back from a long weekend in Florida attending a Herff-Jones National Convention. She's very excited about the job since she has done yearbook stuff in high school and college.

Posted 3/6/2004 -- from Ann Roberts: a holiday 2003 family photo

Tom  and Ann Sooter and family, Dec. 2003 Left to right: Christopher, Tom, Kelliei, Ann, and Brian Roberts

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Posted 1/10/2004 -- from Carol and Max Yoho:

We are proud to announce the birth of our great-grandson: Joel Elliot Yoho, born yesterday, 1-9-2004, at St. Francis Hospital in Topeka. Joel was 7.7 pounds and 20.5 inches. Mother and son are doing fine. Joel came by cesarean section, so Joel's mother, Emily, thinks she will be in the hospital at least one more day. The grandparents are son, Stuart, and his wife, Anna. Welcome Joel!

Eddie, Emily and Joel Emily & Joel Grandparents Stuart & AnnaGreat-grandparents Carol & Max

Posted 1/8/2004 -- Happy New Year 2004! Christmas greetings from family brought lots of news. We've learned:

David and Vivian Sooter's daughters, Laura, Julie and Alisa, are all sports persons, playing soccer and basketball in Fall 2003. Roger, Lisa, Cole and Cabot in VirginiaWilson family, holidays 2003Julie, Alisa and Laura Sooter, Dec. 2003

Katherine and David Ragland have an empty nest. Jeremy finished high school course work and lives and works in Hutchinson. Leah, husband Tim and baby Lucas Bengfort live in the Kansas City area, where Tim is a structural engineer and schooling work and parenting keep Leah busy. Katherine took a trip to Branson with her mom, Leota Martin in June and continues to work for an allergist at the Hutchinson Clinic. Dave continues his ministry as pastor of Pretty Prairie & Murdock United Methodist Churches.

In the Wilson clan, Lori graduated from Kansas State University in December after spending fall semester in Paris, France. She is now looking for work! Jason is an assistant manager at a Wal-Mart in Overland Park. Wife Angie works full time and goes to school. They recently bought a house in K.C., KS. Daughter Hannah is growing fast! Kevin and his business partner opened a Karate school in late summer. Lida is going to school full time to become a nurse anesthetist. Linda and Ken enjoyed trips to Colorado in July and Paris in November.

The Roger Martins are now in Charlottesville, Virginia, where Roger teaches at the University of Virginia.Lisa is settling her family into a new state, a new house, and a new routine. Cole (5) started Kindergarten in Fall, 2003 and Cabot (3) really missed having his brother at home during the day.

Remember to look back at the new babies and many activities of 2003 and send YOUR Martin Family news and photos of 2004.

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