Martha Jane Mendenhall, 75, North Manchester, died at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, March 15, at her home. She was born April 1, 1938 in Mountain Grove, Mo. to Lee Roy and Phoebe (Davis) Brown.
Martha was a Mountain Grove, Mo. High School graduate, received her BA from Manchester College, and her Master's from University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne. She married Robert D. Mendenhall at the Manchester Church of the Brethren on May 30, 1959. She taught at Beaver Dam School until it burnt down, taught English at Manchester Junior High School for 22 years, and at Manchester College for two years, retiring in 1984. She also was the secretary for Mendenhall Electric in North Manchester. Martha was a member of the Liberty Mills Church of the Brethren. She was the secretary of the Wabash County C3 for three years. She enjoyed traveling, and had traveled to several countries, writing editorials, scrap booking, crossword and jigsaw puzzles, working in the yard, and her flowers. She hosted many foreign college students. She loved her grandkids, and all kids in general.
She is survived by her husband, Robert D. Mendenhall, North Manchester; son, Brent (Carol) Mendenhall, Indianapolis; five grandchildren, Tyler Mendenhall and Trey Mendenhall, both of Indianapolis, Nicole (Matt) Gaunt, Minot, N.D., John Pannebaker, Kansas City, Mo., and Ryan Pannebaker, Mitchell; great-granddaughter, Elizabeth Hope Gaunt, Minot; two brothers, Jerry (Joy) Brown, Kansas City, and Jim (Verle) Brown, Columbia; three sisters, Nadine Bowman, North Manchester, Mary Lovelady, Pittsburg, Mo. and Carol Kay Ackerman, Sarasota, Fla.. She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter, Robena Jo Pannebaker, three brothers, and one sister.
A memorial service will be held 4 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at the Liberty Mills Church of the Brethren, 71 N. 3rd Street, Liberty Mills, with Pastor Kelly Beutler and Pastor Erin Huiras officiating. Family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, at the church. As per Martha's request, she will be cremated. Arrangements by Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel, North Manchester.
Preferred memorial is Liberty Mills Church of the Brethren Building Fund.
The memorial guest book for Martha may be signed at www.grandstaff-hentgen.com.