Maxine Kelley Martin of Mabank spent much of her life away from Oklahoma, but always considered Tulsa to be her home town.
She was born Aug. 20, 1924, in Kansas City, Mo., but moved to Tulsa as an infant and graduated from Tulsa Central High School.
At age 19, she graduated from the University of Tulsa in 1943, where she later taught business administration.
She also taught at the University of Arkansas after her marriage to Richard L. Dick Martin in 1948.
The couple celebrated their 62nd anniversary Aug. 7 in Steamboat Springs, Colo., where they enjoyed spending their summers.
They maintained a membership at Southern Hills Country Club as they rotated between their main residence on Cedar Creek Lake, their beloved townhouse in Colorado and a family home in Tulsa.
Martin is survived by her husband, her three children, Richard K. Martin of Dallas, Janelle Martin Madeley of College Station, and Daniel C. Martin of Tulsa; a step-daughter, Diane Poff of Roanoke, Va., 13 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one grandson.
She will be remembered as a devoted wife, loving mother, and adoring grandmother. All those who knew her will have fond memories of her quick-wit, strong opinions and zest for life.
She loved people of all ages and especially loved to share her healthy cooking tips.
She was an excellent cook, always adjusting recipes to make them more nutritious by substituting healthier ingredients without sacrificing taste.
As a legacy to her grandchildren, Martin left each child a personal recipe box with all of the family favorites, as well as her nutritious original recipes.
Included in each box is the recipe for her famous cornbread, which according to family lore was the reason that Dick married Maxine, thereby starting the magnificent family that she nourished.
During their married life, his career took them to the East Coast and then across the Atlantic. The couple started their life together in Fayetteville, Chicago and Tulsa.
As their family grew, they moved to Benghazi, Libya, New Canaan, Conn., Tripoli and Marsa el Brega in Libya and finally back to Tulsa before they settled in Texas in 1987.
She recalled that they moved seven times in eight and half years; four times overseas. As he was transferred with his job, she was left to coordinate the moves.
Her keen mind led her to be the detail person in their marriage. Even at 86, Maxine maintained her mental acuity, doing their taxes every year, including their 2009 return.
In years past, she was a member of the nine-hole golf group at Southern Hills Country Club and had been active with Phi Mu Alumnae and with the Assistance League at the University of Tulsa before their move to Texas.
She was a master bridge player. She and her husband made a formidable team whenever they participated in their duplicate bridge groups in both Texas and Colorado. As recently as this past summer, they received high honors in several tournaments.
Dick was always the aggressive bidder, but luckily, Maxine could play a hand better than almost anyone. In bridge as well as in life, their love and companionship was based on complementary talents, mutual respect and understanding.
She will be greatly missed because she was greatly loved. The love she spent her life showing is reflected in her family and the fond memories they will carry in their hearts. This was a life well lived.
Funeral services were held Dec. 1, 2010, Memorial Park Cemetery Chapel, Moores Rosewood Chapel.
Copyright © 2010, MediaOne, L.L.C.