Martha was born on April 10, 1944, and grew up in Rosenort, Man. Her growing up and school years were spent in the same area. She was the seventh child of Peter and Anna Kroeker. Being part of a family of 12 she took pleasure in looking after her younger siblings, more so than doing household chores. The younger children of the family were fond of playing school with Martha as the teacher.
She continued to have this interest, and, after two years of training at Teacher’s College, became a teacher. She taught in various schools in southern Manitoba. Later she spent some time in Mexico teaching missionary children with the EMC Board of Missions. Following this she worked in the EMC office in Steinbach doing secretarial work and proofreading The Messenger. Afterwards she took a position at Life Light Ministries. Later she spent time volunteering in various ministries around Steinbach.
She accepted Jesus as her Saviour at a young age and became a member of the Rosenort EMC. Later after moving to Steinbach she fellowshipped at the Steinbach EMC. It was part of her spiritual make-up to read her Bible regularly. She was very faithful also in sending birthday cards to her nieces and nephews, siblings and their spouses over the years. Neighbours and friends were often blessed with flowers or some delicious baking.
Martha loved flowers. She planted many around her apartment and delighted in looking for lady’s slippers every spring. She also enjoyed hiking in places like Pinawa, Clear Lake, and Kenora. Traveling was another highlight. One memorable trip was to Paraguay with Melvin Klassen and her brother Ron to visit her sister Elsie and family.
Nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles were important to her and she kept in contact with them whether they went to Mexico, Paraguay, or other places. A bus tour to the Maritimes with Bertha in the fall of 2016 was a dream come true.
In general Martha found change difficult. An example of this is her difficulty in changing over to computers when they came along. She was meticulous in her work. The results of her proofreading were unequaled.
Martha passed away on March 11, 2019. She is survived by her sisters, Elsie (Ernest) and Erna (Hank); brothers, Menno (Dorothy), Ed (Annie), Peter (Anne), Lorne (Helen), Ron (Wendy); and sisters-in-law, Eva and Bertha. She was predeceased by her parents, Peter and Anna Kroeker; by her brothers, Henry, Jake, and Willie; and by her sister, Mary.
I’d like the memory of me to be a happy one,
I’d like to leave an afterglow
Of smiles when life is done
I’d like to leave an echo
Whispering softly down the ways,
Of happy times and laughing times
And bright sunny days,
I’d like the tears of those who grieve
To dry before the sun
Of happy memories that I’ve left
Now my life is done.