Betty Martin

Betty Rose Martin

Wednesday, January 26th, 1927 - Friday, July 10th, 2020
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Betty Rose Martin, 93, passed away peacefully on July 10, 2020. Betty was born on January 26, 1927 in Columbia Missouri, to James and Dora Barnes. She graduated from Hickman High School in the class of 1944, then went on to marry Oran Martin on December 3, 1945 in San Francisco, California. Four children were born to this union: Theresa, Nancy, Patricia, and Thomas.

Betty was a key punch operator for a number of years, as well as a real estate agent. She was also a loving wife and homemaker, who had a passion for sewing and making clothing and quilts, and was talented at making beautiful ceramics. Betty came from a long line of family who were musically gifted, and she loved to play the organ for 30 years. Betty was such an ornery, bubbly, multi-talented woman, who left no task undone and constantly stayed busy. She was an avid game player and lover of games, Bingo, puzzles, Ping Pong, Scrabble and cornhole tossing, just to name a few. She was also a member of Calvary Baptist church in Independence. Whenever someone needed lifting up or a good laugh, she always had the best story and she will be dearly missed.

Betty is survived by her daughters Theresa (Arlynn) Simon; Nancy (Ron) Townsend and Patricia (John) McBratney; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Oran Martin; son Thomas Martin; and grandson Lance Simon. Visitation will be held Wednesday, July 15, 9:00-10:00 a.m. with funeral service at 10:00 a.m. at Carson-Speaks Funeral Home, 1501 W. Lexington Ave. Independence, MO. She will be laid to rest at Mount Washington Cemetery in Independence, MO.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at (Arrangements: Carson-Speaks 816-252-7900)
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, July 15th, 2020 | 9:00am - 10:00am
    Wednesday, July 15th, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
    Carson-Speaks Chapel
    1501 W. Lexington Ave
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Wednesday, July 15th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Wednesday, July 15th, 2020 10:00am
    Carson-Speaks Chapel
    1501 W. Lexington
    Independence, MO 64052
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Kent Eaton
  • Interment

    Mount Washington Cemetery

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Sandra Walls

Posted at 01:45pm
I am one of the childhood friends of Bettys daughter's and I wanted to offer my Condolences to Nancy & Theresa and their families. I happened to run across an obituary for a Betty Martin and saw that it is the same Betty that I knew many years ago. Although I have not been in touch with the family for many years I have thought of them often. I know Betty will be missed by all, she was a wonderful person, I am happy to have known her and to have had her children's friendship. Sandy Walls

Fred Barnes

Posted at 11:45am
So sorry to hear about Betty’s passing. She was one of my favorite aunts. She was a great story teller and kept us laughing all the way to Columbia when my brother George and I drove her down to see her sister Goldie several years ago. Betty was a real sweetheart and we will all miss her. My condolences to her family.
Love Fred and Jeanne Barnes.

Katie Barnes

Posted at 08:56pm
Hello there. My name is Katie Barnes, and I'm the daughter of Fred Barnes whose parents were Art and Dora Barnes. Betty was my dad's aunt. I don't think I ever met Betty, but I was struck while reading her obituary. My brother and I (and my dad) have so many things in common with Betty! My brother is a musician, I'm a ceramicist, and my dad is the busiest project oriented person I know. I would have loved to have met Betty, she sounds like an amazing woman. My condolences to her family and those close to her. Love, Katie Barnes (

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