CHARLESTON - Martha R. Boaz, age 91, passed peacefully into her eternal life on Thursday, July 19, 2018 surrounded by her devoted family.
Services honoring her life will be held Saturday, July 21, 2018 at Caudill-King Funeral Home in Charleston, IL. Visitation will be held from 9:00am to 12:00pm with service immediately following and burial at Roselawn Cemetery.
Martha was born December 20, 1926 in Charleston, IL, the daughter of Elmer J. and Jessie (Smock) Lee. She married Bill E Boaz on March 24, 1946 in Arcola, IL. She is survived by her loving husband of 72 years, and her four children, Yvette (Ed) Brown, Denny (Marcy) Boaz, Beverly (Les) Edwards, and Cheryl (Gary) Gilbert.
Other survivors include seven grandchildren: Matthew Brown, Joseph Brown, Eric Boaz, Keith Boaz, Carmen Williamson, Jill Conyers, and Marny Fitzpatrick. She was also blessed with twelve great grandchildren and five great, great grandchildren. Also surviving is one brother Dan Lee (Janie Sanders) of Halfway, MO, her dear friend Mary Hickenbottom as well as many beloved nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents, granddaughter Rachel Brown, daughter-in-law, Cindy Boaz, sisters Barbara Milburn, Mary Sims and Dorotha (Dot) Ferguson and brothers Elmer Jr Lee and Bob Lee.
A woman of faith and the heart of the Boaz family, Martha shaped their spirituality by living a devoted Christian life and always being supportive of her husband Bill in his ministry. Always having a selfless love for others, Martha willingly accepted responsibility of helping to care for her younger siblings after the loss of their mother. Martha retired from Moore Business Forms after many years of dedicated service. A fabulous cook, she was well known for beef and noodles, cobblers and pies and loved seeing her family and friends enjoy them. She loved quilting, assisting at church camps, enjoyed listening to Southern Gospel music and Sunday afternoon rides in the country.
Memorials in her honor can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or Northside Baptist Church Charleston, IL.