Alice Jean Martin
Alice Jean Martin, 73, a determined but generous, practical and caring mother and grandmother, died Saturday, June 23, 2012, in Midland, Texas.Born Aug. 21, 1938, in Leflore to Minnie and Sol Kitchens, Alice was the ultimate civil servant, retiring from the Social Security Administration after many years of faithful service and also following the love of her life, Billy Martin, across the world throughout his 20-plus years of service in the Army.Alice Kitchens and John William “Billy” Martin married on Jan. 19, 1955. During their marriage, the family was stationed in Fort Crowder, Mo.; Fort Leavenworth, Kan.; Karlshrue, Germany; Fort Bragg, N.C., and Midland before they built their dream home on Billy’s homestead in Victor, in the mid-1970s.In 1995, Alice and Billy moved back to Midland and became active members of Fairmont Park Church of Christ. Always organized, Alice helped care for her grandchildren as well as Billy, and she always had from-scratch meals and baked goods ready for everyone to enjoy. Her yeast rolls, cornbread dressing, white fruit cake, apricot pie, pumpkin rolls and pecan pie using pecans from their own backyard were some of the family favorites. She loved her dog, Molly, and she was sharp as a tack even as her health started to decline over the last four-plus years. Alice gave selflessly throughout her life and was proud first and foremost of her family.She is survived by her sister Mildred Roberts of Fort Worth, Texas; three children and their spouses, Brenda Jurgens of Victor, Mont., Gary Martin (Beverly) of Marble Falls and Greg A. Martin (Amy) of Midland; nine grandchildren, Meagan Martin, Mercedes Mayer, Kari-Ann Martin, Cole Stout, Trent Stout, Haley Martin, William Grant Martin, William Blaine Martin and Reagan Martin; and four great-grandchildren Jackson Stout, Breleigh Jean Mayer, Annslee Stout and Kennedi Stout.She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and a grandson, John Hayden Martin.Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, at Fairmont Park Church of Christ in Midland with Don Mitchell officiating. Burial will be Resthaven Memorial Park.Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle and Welch Funeral Home and Crematory of Midland. Online condolences can be made at www.npwelch.com.