Martha Lorraine Jarvis
Martha Lorraine Lindenmayer Jarvis entered this world Sept. 19, 1924, in San Diego, Calif., the fourth of six children born to Louie Ludwig and Everlyn Cain Lindenmayer. She entertained her children with stories of early childhood adventures in China, the Philippines and a tempest-tossed journey across the South Pacific on a Navy ship in the late 1930s.
At Scotts Memorial Baptist Church in San Diego, Martha met Harold Jarvis, who had moved from East Texas to work for his cousins' grocery stores; they married March 3, 1944, and were totally devoted to one another until Harold's death in 2008. After World War II, they moved to Overton, then Tyler. Devotion to California never waned, but “Muffin” developed a true Texas accent and a love for Tyler. While rearing two small children, Martha trekked back and forth to Nacogdoches for a bachelor's degree. She taught fourth grade at Andy Woods Elementary for 20 years, hosting an Oriental Tea for all fourth graders for more than a decade.
After retirement, Martha became a prolific painter and joined a harp group. She journeyed to Israel, and made mission trips to China and the Philippines, delighting to share her Savior in the countries she remembered so fondly.
Martha was predeceased by her husband, Harold; four siblings; five nieces and nephews.
Survivors include son, David Jarvis; grandsons, Jeremy, Daniel, Christian and Tyler Jarvis; granddaughter, Elizabeth Jarvis Scagel; and six Scagel great-grandchildren; Kathleen Jarvis, daughter; and granddaughters, Eva and Andrea Braunstein. Nephews, Robert and Mark Bransford were notably helpful. Also, Jeanne Stewart, sister; brothers and sisters-in law, Monty Stewart, John, Betty and Lourene Jarvis — plus 12 more nieces and nephews — are spread across the continent.
After years of memory loss and increasing physical health issues, “Muffin” left this life Nov. 3, 2012. Lifelong friends from Community Funeral Home of Tyler arranged the graveside service Nov. 4 in Overton Cemetery. She is missed, but “home” at last, healed and restored.
Memorial service will be Saturday, Dec. 1, at 2 p.m. at Fifth Street Presbyterian Church, Tyler; home reception following. Please join in sharing memories. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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