Mary Brunson Martin

Brunson Family Children 1962

Mary Esther Brunson Martin, 85, of Baytown, Texas died on Saturday, April 28, 2001 after a long period of declining health due to a diagnosis of dementia thought to be Alzheimer's disease. Postmortem studies revealed that she had microvascular strokes with progressive neurologic loss over a 15 year period. She had been cared for in their home by her husband Raymond of 59 years who continued this labor of love until his health declined in December of 2000. Since that time, Mary was cared for in a nursing home. She survived Raymond by 8 weeks.

Mary was born December 18, 1915 in Andalusia, Alabama to Matthew Eugene Brunson and Minnie Jane Seale Brunson. After the death of her mother in 1930, she moved to Baytown where some of her eleven sibling lived including Howard, John, Matt, and Elle Brunson and Mrs. Anne Bullock and Mrs. Susie Barber. Mary lived with the Barbers and graduated from Robert E. Lee High School and Lee College where she met her future husband Raymond Martin of LaPorte. She graduated from the Univeristy of Texas at Austin in 1938 and taught at Baytown Junior High School until she and Raymond were married in 1941 and began her career as wife and mother.

Mary was predeceased by her eleven brothers and sisters. She is survived by three children, Raymond Hance Martin and wife Patsy Martin of Baytown, Kathryn Martin Jeter and husband Robert Jeter of Germantown, Tennessee, and Dr. Matthew Brunson Martin and wife Kendra Martin of Greensboro, North Carolina; grandchildren, Laura Jeter Mullins and husband Dave, Dr. Julie Jeter Rowan and husband Dr. Ben Rowan, Robert Jeter, Jr. and wife Vanessa, Mary Jeter, Sarah Martin, Kathleen Martin, Matthew Martin, Jr, and John Martin; and great granchildren, Colby and Cooper Mullins. In addition, she is survived by a number of nieces and nephews from the large Brunson family including Kitty Sue Barber of Baytown and Florine Cook Broussard and Wallace Brunson of Houston. In Baytown, she and Raymond were active members of the First Baptist church. She was a member of the Wooster Garden Club, The American Association of University Women and past President of the Social Order of the Beauceant.


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