Martha Lewis Kidd

On July 6, 2013, the Kidd family lost their mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and inspiration. Martha Lewis Kidd was born June 14, 1915, in Fort Smith, Ark, to Nanie Belle Southard Lewis and Herschel V. Lewis. She grew up in Poteau and Tulsa and graduated from high school in Oklahoma City in 1933. In September 1941, she married James P. Kidd in Los Angeles. The couple celebrated almost 69 years of marriage until Jim’s death in 2010. Most of those years were spent in their beloved Poteau where they published The Poteau News and the Leflore County Sun until 1982. They moved to the Tulsa and Broken Arrow area in 2004 to be nearer family. Martha was preceded in death by her mother and father, H. V. and Nanie Betle Lewis; her brothers, Dean Wilber Lewis and Victor Hardy Lewis; one son, William Lewis Kidd; and her husband, James P. Kidd. She is survived by two sons, James P. Kidd II, Ralph Victor Kidd; and one daughter, Martha Kidd Blakestad. She also is survived by nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be sons, grandsons, and sons-in-law. Services are set for 2 p.m.Wednesday, July 10, at Poteau’s First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Kyle Clark officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. Evans and Miller Funeral Home is handling arrangments.You may leave an online message at