Thelma “Kathryn” Martin

Thelma “Kathryn” Martin, 94, of Dayton, passed away on November 9, 2021 in Beaumont, Texas. Kathryn was born August 13, 1927 in Dayton, Texas to Richard Earl Shanks and Thelma Lee Fingleman Shanks.

Kathryn was a lifelong resident of Dayton where she attended Dayton Schools graduating in 1944. Though the years she worked as court clerk for Zeke Zebranek and was a para legal for several different lawyers in this area. She worked for Dayton Police Department for many years and with Robby Thornton in the constable office. Kathryn enjoyed visiting with friends, sewing, and painting. She will be missed by all that knew and loved her.

Kathryn was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Granville Shanks. She is survived by her children, Marian Stampley and husband Michael and Robert Martin and wife Frances; her grandchildren, Cassandra Cronkite, Christopher Stampley and wife Christy; Robert Bryan Martin and wife Jeanne Anne; Benjamine Stampley and Kathryn Martin; seven great-grandchildren; numerous other relatives and friends.

Graveside service for Kathryn will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, November 13, 2021 at Linney Cemetery in Dayton with Rev. Howie Howeth officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Dayton.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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