2007 Martin Family News
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from Katherine Ragland
Leota Fay (Becker) Martin turned 80 years old on December 21. The family celebrated with an Open House for all friends and relatives on Saturday, December 29, 2007, at the Meriden United Methodist Church, Main Street, Meriden, Kansas.
Leota Fay was born and raised in Topeka , the daughter of the late Ruth & Warren Becker. She graduated from Topeka High School and then was employed in the state offices as a secretary. She married William D. Martin 09-12-1948. Bill passed away 08-11-1978. They farmed north of Meriden and raised 4 children.
Leota Fay continues to be a homemaker and is a full time care giver for her granddaughter. Over the years Leota has been a church volunteer and leader and is a member of the Valley Falls United Methodist Church. Leota is a 50 year member of The Order of Eastern Star and long time member of Valley Falls PEO. She has coordinated retail food demonstrations and ushered for the Topeka Municipal Auditorium for many years. She is an accomplished wedding cake creator/decorator, seamstress and has created extensive art and craft projects. She enjoys traveling extensively with family and friends.
Leota's family and friends have always been an important part of her life. The open house was hosted by her four children and spouses: Katherine & David Ragland, Phyllis & David Gish, Brenda & Edwin Martin, and Ruth & Roger Wood. 12/31/2007
from Carol Yoho
Family was pleased to visit with Bob Hope, back in Kansas for Holidays 2007 from his home in Texas. It was good to see and talk with Bob and Aunt Leota's birthday party!
Also, Lori Wilson was home with family for the holidays and attended Leota Fay's party. Family enjoyed our visit with Lori, also! 12/31/2007
from Carol Yoho
I finally got my first pair of bib overalls, which I've been wearing often during the break between semesters at Washburn Univerisity. I include a photo of Dad and me in our overalls. Boy, they're comfy!
I'd also like to report that the Yoho family had a lovely Christmas celebration, our first with our triplets, Sam, Julia, and Sophia, attending. They celebrated their first birthday in October. Visit Yoho Christmas 2007. 12/27/2007
from Carol Yoho
Andrea & Ryan Ward have been celebrating their November wedding for nearly a month. First, they were married by a justice of the peace. On November 10 they held a wedding ceremony at a Christian camp in rural Mexico. A party of six from the states attended, including the bride and groom, the reverand and his wife, and Andrea's sister, Heather. Later, there was a wedding reception in Tennessee and, on December 1, a wedding reception at the Ed Martin farm near Wamego, KS. The Wards showed a video of the religious services held in Mexico. 12/1/2007
Read Joyce Sooter WWII Army journal
Read Cleve Martin WWII Navy remembrance
from Carol Yoho
Roberta Sooter celebrated her 90th birthday in her home with family on Sunday, October 21, 2007.
See photos of this celebration . 10/28/2007
from Katherine & David Ragland
Here are a few pictures of our trip to the
Mediterranean. We had a great time. We saw the Vatican, the
Coliseum. We also went to Mt. Etna, Catania, Izmir, Patmos, and Santorini and saw lots of great scenery and places. We flew to Rome, Italy. We were there for 2 days and then got an Italian cruise ship for for rest of the trip. It was great. —Love, Katherine & Dave [Select a thumbnail to see the larger version.] 10/24/2007
from Carol Yoho
- Uncle Jack celebrated his 87 birthday on Friday, Oct. 12.
- Max's book The Moon Butter Route received the 2007 J. Donald Coffin Memorial Book Award of the Kansas Authors Club. It is his second book to win "Best book published by a KAC member." The Revival won in 2002. He received the honor at the awards banquet at the KAC Convention in Wichita, Saturday, October 6. The Moon Butter Route was also designated a 2006 Kansas Notable Book and voted among top Favorite Kansas Books earlier in 2007. Also, Max was among authors invited to the first annual River City Reading Festival, Lawrence, KS, on Sunday, October 14.
- Our great-grandbaby triplets--Samuel, Julia, and Sophia--were one year old on Oct. 18. The family celebrated the birthday on Saturday, Oct. 20, at the home of the Gliser family--Laney and Shane-- in North Kansas City, MO. Grandparents are Alex and Sherry Yoho. Great-great grandpa is Uncle Jack. 10/24/2007
from Vivian Sooter
We're taking the opportunity to up date you on our activities. I just wasn't busy enough so have gone back to work full time. Included in the back to school activities was a dance, football, pancake breakfast for the XC team at the lake, homework and soccer. Oh, I have to tell you that Alisa finished very well in her first race and that was with only one shoe on. She lost one with about a half mile to go. Laura is in the Health Academy class and has already seen a delivery in the New Life Center. Julie at present is our most care free teen, she will soon be hitting the streets with her new driver's license. I'm sure you're having a busy fall season and would love to hear about it. [Contact Carol for the new new e-mail address] 9/26/2007
from Ed & Brenda Martin
We're proud to announce the engagement of our daughter Andrea to Ryan Ward. The wedding will be in November in
Murfreesboro, TN, with a visit planned to Wamego, KS, in December. Read “Our Story” online. Congratulations, Andrea and Ryan! 9/17/2007
from Sue & Ray Hallauer
Troy arrived home: leaving Kuwait, to Germany, flying to Maine, then back at Fort Hood, Texas. They arrived in Topeka on Friday morning, Sept. 14, excorted to the Expo Centre by the patriot guard for a welcomeing ceremony, then let go to their families. Governor Sebelius and military brass (and a military brass band) were on hand for the welcome. 9/17/2007
Above: Troy scales a railing to hug his mom, Sue.
Left: The Welcome Home Committee.
Note: The 108th CAB has 2500 soldiers in it from 44 states.
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from Linda Wilson
We found out from our son Jason and his wife, Angie, that they're gonna have a baby around the first part of May. They have a daughter, Hannah, who will be 9 in December. Needless to say, we are all very excited. Two grandbabies within 2 or 3 of months of each other. Wooooo-Hooooo!!!!! My Blessings to all of you! 9/11/2007
from Carol Yoho
Bob & Donna Martin celebrated their 50th anniversary quietly with immediate family. Their anniversary was August 9, 2007. [Photo, right, was faked from 2006 reunion shot.>>>] 8/25/2007
Richard Martin will celebrate a significant birthday (divisable by 10) on August 30, 2007.
Dick reports: I'm having a serious Birthday. Actually I celebrated it early...had a "gathering" of old and new friends last Saturday evening. The best part was I was taken out Saurday for a brunch at 11 am, seated at a table...then the waiter asked us to move to a different table...and there sitting at the table were Stacie and Kate (had just gotten in to KC about a hour before...Stacie from NY and Kate from Birmingham). That was the BEST birthday gift ever!! I was really surprised and obviously elated. 8/25/2007
Jack Martin is harvesting tomatoes from FIFTY tomato plants in his Martin Creek garden, Summer, 2007.
from Carol Yoho
Max and his writing were featured as lead story in the July, 2007, Kaw Valley Senior Monthly. He also had his poem “Vacant Lot--Colony, KS” featured among works by Kansas poets published in The Midwest Quarterly, Pittsburg State University, Summer, 2007.
We've recently returned from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, where Max conferred with clinic doctors about his illness. They concluded that he has neuropathy (nerve damage) in his legs and arthritis in the cervical bones of his neck. Treatment will include some changes in his medication, but no surgery. He is planning to do some bike pedaling exercise to build his stamina. 7/14/2007
from family of Harvey Morgans
Harvey L. Morgans, age 67, of Olathe, previously from Topeka, passed away Sunday morning, July 8, 2007, at an Olathe care home. He was born in 1939 the son of Ord H. Morgans and Elizabeth E. Abbott Morgans. He graduated from Wichita High School. He worked for Munns Medical Supply and retired from Quaker Oats of Topeka in 1995 after 24 years. He served in the U.S. Navy. He married Helen K. Lewis, they were divorced and then married Darlene Martin Reaser in 1978 in Topeka. He was a former member of the Northland Christian Church and attended Fairlawn Heights Wesleyan Church. He is survived by his wife, Darlene Morgans of Olathe; a son, Kenneth E. Morgans of Mt. Solon, VA; two step-sons, Douglas W. and Dennis A. Reaser, both of Olathe; a daughter, Kathryn E. Andrews of Topeka; a step-daughter, Julie A. Goodman of Shawnee; 15 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Thursday, July 12, 2007, at the Davidson Funeral Home in Topeka. Interment was at the Rochester Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association and sent in care of the Davidson Funeral Home, 1035 N. Kansas Av., Topeka, KS 66608. 7/14/2007
from Linda Wilson
Just wanted to let all of you know that Ken and I are going be grandparents again. Yea!!!!! Our oldest son, Kevin and his wife, Lida are expecting their first child next February. Needless to say....we are all very excited. Our granddaughter, Hannah (Jason and Angie's daughter) is eight years old and is looking forward to having a cousin!!!! 6/24/2007
All is good here in Virginia. The boys are finishing school this week and have been enjoying being on the same baseball team this spring. They are looking forward to lots of time at the pool this summer! We are going to be in Kansas in August for Mom and Dad's 50th wedding anniversary. I think all of us—Mom and Dad, Debbie's family, Randy's family, Russell and us—will gather to just get a chance to lounge around together. We'll plan to spend a few extra days in Topeka at that time. 5/29/2007
Memorial weekend photos of Steward Cemetery and Martin Hill fields. 5/29/2007
from Layne Martin
||Layne Elizabeth Martin, daughter of Randall and Susan Martin of Manhattan, KS, graduates from Manhattan High School on May 20th.
Layne is daughter of Randall and Susan Martin and granddaughter of Bob and Donna Martin . 5/12/2007
from Kathryn Sooter:
||Kathryn Ann Sooter , daughter of Mark and Karen Sooter of Girard, KS, graduates from Girard High School on May 13th.
Telakye is son of Ruth and Roger Wood and grandson of Leota Fay Martin. 2006.05.16
from Carol Yoho:
Troy Hallauer spent two weeks home from Iraq on leave. His parents, Sue and Ray Hallauer, honored him at a church dinner at Trinity Lutheran Church, Holton, KS, on Sunday, April 15, 2007. Troy's work for the Army includes managing supplies and munitions. He is also expected to spend hours in the air each month, traveling in a Blackhawk helicopter. He'll be back serving in Iraq until early fall 2007. Also attending the church dinner were Troy's brother, Brian, Brian's wife, Dana, and children, Gracelyn and Benett. Guests included Don and Susan Long, Mike and Debbie Martin and daughters, Jessica and Olivia, Don Martin, and Uncle Jack and Carol Yoho.
—Our thoughts are with Troy and his family during the remainer of his Army service. 4/16/2007
Below, Top row: table set up, dessert, Brian and Gracelyn, Benett and Uncle Jack. Bbottom row: photos and flag from Iraq, Hallauer family, Troy, Troy and Uncle Jack.
from Carol Yoho
Max's middle son, Stuart, and his wife, Anna, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary at the Carousel in Gage Park, Topeka, on Sat., Apr. 21. Their anniversary was April 3. 3/30/2007
from Troy Hallauer / Iraq
Thanks for all your prayers and thoughts. I get to stay very busy over here with the multiple tasks we encounter everyday. It's good though; it helps the time fly by. Its been alomost 6 months since we first got here, time has really flown. Speaking of flying, I have gotten over 60 hours of flight time over Iraq. Its been pretty exciting. I have gotten to see alot of the country. I don't fly as much as alot of other people because of other responsabilit's I have, but thats OK. I would just as soon stay on the ground. I don't get much of a chance to get on the internet and check my e-mails so I apologize for any slow response time. Again, thanks for all your thoughts and prayers. —SPC Troy Hallauer 3/25/2007
from Richard Martin
Both Stacie and Kate are doing fine. Stacie is working a LOT of hours at the NY law firm ( most of the phone calls I get is when she is on her way home after work, usually 10 or 11 at night ). Kate is doing very well in high school (Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham ) and was up to KC for a few days a couple of weeks ago. She will be in KC for the summer...really looking forward to that. Don't recall if I told you Kate and I spent Christmas week in NY with Stacie. Quite an experience (and quite expensive I might add)...had a great time. I have been traveling, as usual. I think I mentioned I went to Japan on business last Nov. Since then all my travel has been domestic, which suites me just fine for a while. 1/16/2007
from Carol Yoho:
||On January 7, 2007 Max and other 2006 Kansas Notable Book authors took part in “Kansas Main Street Family Festival ” at Ramada Downtown, as part of Governor Kathleen Sebelius's second inaugration festivities. Also in January, the Kansas Center for the Book announced a list of “Favorite Kansas Books.” This list included Frank L. Baum's The Wizard of Oz to Truman Capote's In Cold Blood. Two of Max's books, The Moon Butter Route and The Revival, were included in the top twelve. Max was the only author listed with TWO book titles included! 1/12/2007
from Laney Gliser:
All three triplets were home from the hospital in time for the Christmas holiday. Left is Grandpa Alex, Shane holding Sophie, Laney holding Sam, Uncle Josh holding Julia, and Grandma Sherry. 1/12/2007
Ann Roberts' House:
Roberts family at Disney World,
photo accompanied Christmas and New Year's greeting.
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