LOGANSPORT — Martha Joan Rose McDonald, 87, went to be with the Lord March 24, 2012.
Martha was born Nov. 27, 1924, in Kokomo, to Jesse Bowman Rose and Veneda Marie Robertson Rose.
At the age of 10, her parents moved to Logansport. She liked school and loved each of her teachers. She dreamed of China, ships and airplanes. The teachers said that would never happen, but she had a good imagination.
After graduating from Logansport High School, she worked for Logansport Gas Company as an accountant and clerk. While going to school, she earned money working at Mabien’s Laundry and helped with some bills.
In 1942, she joined the U.S. Navy. Basic training for her was in New York. As specialist third class, she was stationed in Washington, D.C. That is where she met and dated a sailor, Gail Vincent “Mac” McDonald. They were married Oct. 1, 1948. He died July 15, 1992.
They both were given honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy.
Martha and Mac chose to live in Washington, D.C. He worked in the Pentagon as a secretary, and she worked for the Department of Commerce and still had time for E.H., reading, volunteering for politics and church projects. They belonged to the American Legion and other organizations.
Martha loved to gain more knowledge. She took classes at the University of Maryland most of her life. She loved spring, especially in Washington, D.C., when the cherry blossoms were beautiful and smelled so good.
She loved to go sightseeing. She directed and went with friends and family to the important sites and scenes of D.C. Things for fun were picnics, bowling, line dancing, card and other games, crossword puzzles, bicycle riding, talking with her neighbors, talking on the telephone and, most recently, Wii bowling.
She was able to go on trips to other states but would never go on an airplane.
Martha was a member of the Logansport Baptist Temple and was fond of her friends there. She transferred her membership to Calvary Baptist Church in D.C. Most recently, she was attending the University Christian Church, close to where she lived.
Martha was the oldest of seven siblings. Her sisters are Beverly Rose Maggart (Vernon), Sharon Rose Grable Hopkins (Marion Jr.), Sheila Rose Navarro, and Sandra S. Rose Pereyra (Carlos); brother, Robert L. Rose; 11 nieces and nephews and spouses; 21 great-nieces and great-nephews and their spouses; 18 great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews; and niece, April Marie Magley.
Her brother, Carl Alfred Rose, left this earth Sept. 11, 2010. He is buried in a VA Cemetery close to Bellingham, Wash.
She also was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Luis Navarro; and nephews, Bret Alan Maggart and Dannie Joe Byers.
Services were held April 1 by Hines Rinaldi Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Gloria Grant officiating. A remembrance service was held June 1 for her and others who had lived in her complex “The Chapel at Riderwood.”
A memorial service, with a 21 gun salute, was held for Martha in the cemetery in Arlington, Va., where she is buried next to her husband. Naval Chaplain Johnathan Craig gave a very inspiring message for the family.