Martha K. DeNayer was born on April 3, 1917, in Garden City, Kansas, the daughter of Charles Adam & Anna Bertha (Maune) Krug. Martha was one of 11 children born to Charles and Anna, and she was blessed with happy years growing up in the Garden City community, attending school in Garden City, Holcomb, and Satanta, and obtaining her GED in Ft. Collins, Colorado. While growing up, Martha was taught to love one another, to help others, share with others, and to pray for guidance.
Martha met her future husband Lawrence Earl DeNayer while attending school in Holcomb, and they were united in marriage on September 12, 1936, in Topeka, and to this marriage, five children were born.
After raising her family, Martha worked as an insurance agent, a notary for the State of Missouri, clerk at a pharmacy and hospital, and a full time bookkeeper for her husband’s business. Later, she was the owner of Mankato Storage.
Martha loved to travel, and she toured in Europe, Mexico, Alaska, and Hawaii, collecting many hats along the way. She enjoyed telling stories and working with genealogy and family history, and enjoyed making lap quilts for veterans. Martha radiated her infectious smile and wholesome giggles, professing her love of her God and gospel music, which would bellow through her room and down the halls. She wrote the song “My Jesus” to the tune of “Mansion Over the Hilltop”, a song that will be sang at her funeral. Martha enjoyed spending time with her family, having a special party for her 100th birthday with many family members in attendance. She was a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mankato, Kansas.
Martha passed away on February 25, 2021, at the Blue Valley Lutheran Home in Hebron, Nebraska, at the age of 103 years, 10 months and 22 days.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Lawrence, brothers Emil, Charles, Albert, and Leo Krug, sisters Mena Wolff, Frieda Duree, Anna Jean Durant and Delores Urban. Martha is also preceded in death by sons-in-law Wayne Dunn, Ron Featherstone, daughter-in law-Wanda DeNayer, grandchildren Julie Shipman and Hether Archuleta, and step granddaughter Sarah DeNayer.
Martha will be forever remembered by her children; daughters Judy Dunn of Belleville, Kansas; Kathy Ruffus and her husband Stephen of Salt Lake City, Utah; Lori DeNayer of Ft. Collins, Colorado; sons David DeNayer and his wife Ping of Deltona, Florida, and Charles DeNayer and his wife Ellen of Raymore, Missouri.
She is also survived by her sisters Marian Hazelwood and Phyllis Krug, 14 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren and 9 great-great grandchildren.
Visitation will be Thursday, March 4, & Friday, March 5, 2021, from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm both days, at Tibbetts-Fischer Funeral Home in Belleville, Kansas, the family will not be present.
Family Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, March 6, 2021, at 2:00 pm, at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Butler, Missouri, with Pastor Jennifer Thomas officiating. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery in Rich Hill, Missouri.
Memorials are requested to the Charles and Anna (Maune) Krug Scholarship at Garden City (KS) Community College or the Martha DeNayer Scholarship at Ft. Scott (KS) Community College, and may be sent in care of Tibbetts-Fischer Funeral Home, PO Box 566, Belleville, Kansas 66935.
Tibbetts-Fischer Funeral Home of Belleville, Kansas, and Heuser Funeral Home of Rich Hill, Missouri, assisted the DeNayer family with these arrangements.
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