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Martha Thomas Rothermel

     Martha Thomas Rothermel, 97, of Richmond, passed away on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at Friends Fellowship Community.
     Martha was born in Fountain City, Indiana to Forrest W. and Marie (Shoemaker) Lacey on August 10th, 1913.  After graduating from high school, she attended the Kelley School of Business in Dayton, Ohio, becoming proficient in shorthand. Martha's career of taking depositions for lawyers, being court reporter for the Wayne County Superior Court, and having her own reporting business, spanned fifty years.
    Martha and M. Reid Thomas were married in 1933. Their happy marriage lasted forty four years until the death of Reid in 1977. To this marriage, one beloved son, Stuart Reid Thomas, was born in 1936. Stuart sadly preceded his mother in death in 1997.
   Martha had two very happy marriages in her later years. She was married to Kenneth Ashbrook and Russell Rothermel. Each marriage brought new companionship and wonderful new families into her life.
   Martha is survived by a loving daughter-in-law Glenda (Roger ) Thomas Crane, three cherished grandchildren, Steve (Lisa) Thomas, Gayla (John) Meredith, and Sam (Karen) Thomas, as well as nine great grandchildren, Tricia, Thomas, Zach, Andrew, Lindsay (John), Jacob, Hannah (Jason), Matt, and Sam, and two great-great grandaughters, Natalie and Elise. One aunt, Gwendolyn Kelley and a sister-in-law Jean Lacey, nieces and nephews survive her. A sister Geraldine Scott, and a brother Forrest Lacey are deceased.
   Martha was a lifelong Methodist belonging to Central United Methodist Church. She enjoyed traveling, playing bridge, reading, and treasured many friends that greatly enriched her life. In her later years, she served as a volunteer at Birthright.
   A private funeral ceremony will be conducted by family members at the Smith & McQuiston Funeral Home, 321 US 27 South, Fountain City. Interment will follow in Willow Grove Cemetery.

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Many good laughs were shared around a table of bridge, or at a local restaurant.  My parents, peg and charlie miles, thought the world of Martha, Reid and Kenny. The world was a better place knowing them.  Our prayers for the gift of their "good old richmond friendship".

Ann Miles Rounds Mar 17 2011 12:00 AM

KEITH.....would you please give this to SAM and ask him to read at the service...thanks for taking wonderful care of our family..Pete, Pat, John and Peter

Another part of heritage has left us.  We all have treasures from the past that include wonderful memories.  The most important thing Gram left us is to always practice "Unconditional Love".  Regardless of the problems, situations or just in living our daily lives we always had her approval.  We are blessed as a family to have had so many wonderful mentors leave us a road map to follow.  How can we ever fail knowing they are cheering us on?  Uncle Peter and I love you all and just to make you feel secure remember "The Mantle" has been passed to "Meme and Us"  (now doesn't that make you feel better)  :):)

Sissy & Brubby..Uncle Peter & Aunt Mel Feb 3 2011 12:00 AM

Glenda and family,  Bill felt as he was part of the Thomas family for he spent much time with Stuart and we kept in touch with Martha in her latter years.  She was a lovely lady.  She had a wonderful life and she loved you guys so much.  She will be missed. We send our prayers and sympathy to you.

God Bless you all.

Bill & Sondra

Bill & Sondra Himelick Feb 3 2011 12:00 AM

We wish to express our condolences to the Martha Thomas Rothermel family.
Martha was loved and respected by many and will be missed. We know you will be celebrating her long and successful life at this time.
God be with you all,
Dave and Norma

Dave and Norma Thomas Feb 3 2011 12:00 AM

Please accept our sympathy on the death of Martha.  She and Reid were our good neighbors 45 years ago here in Fountain City.

Jerrel and Sue Brooks Feb 3 2011 12:00 AM