Martha Rose DeBusk Horner was born in
Morrill, Brown County, Kansas, the second child of Emily Rosalia
Flanders and Carl DeBusk, on July 6, 1930. She passed away at her home
in Ponca City, Oklahoma on January 10, 210. Her family moved to
Cumberland, Wyoming in 1931 because of the depression, looking for
work, but moved back to Netawaka, Kansas in 1932. In 1933 the family
moved to Holton, Kansas.
She started to school at Colorado
Elementary in Holton. In the third grade they moved to the Brick
Community. From there they moved to the Banner School District where
she attended 5th, 6th, and 7th grade.
The war was on and her
father joined the Navy so the family moved to Holton and Martha
attended the 8th grade in Holton. She worked part time at the local
telephone office and graduated from Holton High School in 1948.
She started nurse's training in Kansas City but soon decided she
did not like that profession and returned to Holton in October.
In November she renewed her friendship with Dean Horner and on
September 4, 1949 they were married. Three days later they moved to
Manhattan, Kansas and Dean enrolled in Civil Engineering at Kansas
State University. She started working to help her husband through
school and in 1950 started working at the Riley County Sheriff's
In 1956 she received her PHT degree "Pushing Hubby
Through" and he graduated and they moved to Ponca City, Oklahoma where
he started working fro Continental Oil Company's Central Engineering
In January 12959 their home was blessed with Brian,
a baby boy. In September of 1960, Brian would have the privilege of
sharing his home with Kathy, his new sister. Martha provided a
wonderful, happy home life for the family.
Martha would become
the wonderful, caring, teaching mother, attending school function,
being Home Room Mother, Club Scout Den Mother, Camp Fire Leader and
working with and becoming the Director of Mother's Day Out at First
Methodist Church. She was mother for all the kids in the neighborhood
and I'm sure they grew up better citizens because of her guidance.
Her own children grew up knowing their mother was only a phone
call away to help with any problems they might have. That love and
attention enabled them to grow up to be loving, caring, and
She had the privilege of giving her love
and passing on knowledge to two wonderful grand daughters who knew
Grandma always had time to stop and listen to important things they
wanted to tell her.
Grandma and Papa had the privilege of
taking them on many wonderful vacation places of wonder and beautiful
scenery throughout this country, plus staying at motels and swimming
pools and eating out. What a grand time.
She was always willing
to give of herself to family, friends and neighbors and this will be a
better place because she passed this way.
Martha was preceded
in death by her parents and two brothers, Clarence "Babe" and Carl Jr.
She is survived by her husband, Dean, of the
home, son Brian and wife Kathy of Edmond, Oklahoma, daughter Kathy
Burton and husband Tim of Belton, Missouri, grand daughters Kelsey
Horner of Tulsa, Oklahoma and Emily Horner of Edmond, also a brother
Sam and wife Maudie of Kincaid, Kansas along with numerous nieces,
nephews and cousins.
Memorial service will be held at First
Methodist Church, Ponca City, Wednesday January 13th at 10;00 am.
Visitation and viewing will be at Trout Funeral Home, 7:00 pm to 9:00
pm on Tuesday, January 12th.
Internment will be at Holton,
Kansas at 10:00 am Thursday, January 14th. Visitation and viewing will
be at Mercer Funeral Home of Holton from 7-9:00 pm, Wednesday, January
The family request that in lieu of flowers donations made
be made to: Hospice of North Central Oklahoma, 1904 N. Union Ste 103,
Ponca City, OK 74601 Alzheimer's Research Association, 6465 S. Yale
St., Ste 206, Tulsa, OK 74136, American Lung Association, 1010 E. 8th
St., Tulsa, OK 74120