In 1952 she attended SMU Perkins School of Theology in Dallas. In 1954, she graduated from SMU with a Master’s of Religious Education. After graduation from SMU, Genette took a job at First Methodist Church at Everett, Wash. There was a church member there named Derrald Martin. Derrald and his wife, Alice, invited Genette to dinner, setting her up with Derrald’s brother, Edward. Genette was married to Edward Merlin Martin on Sept. 17, 1955, at the parsonage of the Everett First Methodist. The honeymoon followed in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Ed brought into the marriage a 5-year-old daughter, Teresa Mae, born Nov. 8, 1950, in Kirkland, Wash. Then, on June 15, 1956, they had their first son, Philip Todd. Another son, Keith Edward, followed on Aug. 25, 1961, and their third and final son, Kirby Loren, was born Oct. 24, 1963. All three were born in Bremerton, Wash., where Dad (Edward) worked as a sheet metal technician at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard at Bremerton.
Ed and Genette were charter members of the Bremerton St. Lukes Methodist Church. They were also charter members of Mimbres United Methodist Church in New Mexico. Genette played piano for many churches for about 30 years. She was choir director for many of those as well. The most important things in her life were always God, family, community and her arts and crafts. She remained faithful to those endeavors throughout her lifetime.
Survivors include sons, Philip Martin and wife, Karen, of Weatherford, Keith Martin and wife, Mona, of Minbres, N.M., and Kirby Martin and wife, Nety, of Plano; brothers, Isaiah Copley, of Stillwater, and Albert Copley, of Phoenix, Ark.; sisters, Edith Schuler, of Oklahoma City, Beth Baker, of Noble, Okla.,, Ida Maxwell, of El Paso, and Echo Waldby, of Alvin; two grandchildren, Michael and Heidi; and two great-grandchildren.
Genette was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Edward Martin; and brother, Edgar Copley.
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