Martha Elizabeth Barton

Martha Elizabeth Barton, daughter of Albert Lovejoy and Goldie Hoover Lovejoy, was born on Jan. 31, 1920 in Rippey and died March 26, 2007 at the Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines at the age of 87 years, 1 month and 26 days.

Services were held at 1 p. m. Thursday, March 29 at Hastings Funeral Home in Perry. Interment followed at Rippey Cemetery in Rippey.

Martha grew up in the Rippey area and graduated from high school in Rippey. She went on to earn a degree as a registered nurse from Broadlawns Medical Center. Martha was united in marriage to Howard Barton on March 25, 1941 at the home of her parents in Rippey. They lived in the Rippey area for many years as a registered nurse for the Dallas County Hospital in Perry until her retirement. In her free time, Martha enjoyed gardening, cooking, needlework and reading, but her greatest love was that of her work at the hospital and caring for others.

She is survived by three daughters: Pauline (Paul) Moore of Perry, Marilyn (Norman) Stine of Adel and Marjorie Barton of Jefferson; eight grandchildren: Kathleen (Randall) Vestal of Kansas City, MO, Tracy (Silke) Moore of Perry, Jerry (Rosetta) Moore of Ogden, Gregory (Deborah) Moore of Panora, Tom (Audrey) Stine of Adel, Kerry (Jacob) Dittert of Adel, Cheryl (Eric) Prazak of Boone, Leanna (Sean) Stine-Smith of DeSoto; 20 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; one sister, Goldie Ellen Wright of Michigan and one nephew LeeRoy Wright Jr. of Michigan.

Martha was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Goldie (Hoover) Lovejoy; husband, Howard Barton; brother-in-law LeeRoy Wright Sr.; other relatives and friends.