Mrs. Martha R. Stephens

March 16, 1926 - January 13, 2019

Mrs. Martha R. Stephens

March 16, 1926 - January 13, 2019


Reflection of Life

Martha Ree Stephens was born to Mary E. Smith and John W. Smith on March 16, 1926 in Taft, Oklahoma. Martha was a graduate of Tulsa’s Booker T. Washington High School. In 1947, she married Delbert Stephens and they had four children: Delbert Ray, Larry, Linda, and Karl. Before joining Antioch, Martha was a long time member of Metropolitan Church (Pastor C. L. West), where she was a member of the choir. Martha worked several jobs before finally making a career as the secretary for Antioch Baptist Church. Martha faithfully served Antioch Baptist Church from 1968 until her retirement in 2005. During her time at Antioch Baptist Church, she was initially appointed as Secretary and Clerk and took care of Antioch’s financial obligations. In 1990, she was appointed as Financial Secretary; she served in this role until her retirement. In 1971, the Life Preservers’ Club was established and she was one of the sponsors. She was a member of the Adult Pastor’s Board from its establishment in 1979 to 2005. She also served as Kitchen Coordinator and was a member of the Mission, Sunday School Department, and Sanctuary Choir. She remained a faithful member until her health began declining. Martha was also a Girl Scout Troop leader. Her favorite food was barbeque, shrimp, and ice cream. She was a very busy lady always assisting her family and friends in there endeavors. She was always cleaning and rearranging her house, working in her yard, washing/waxing her vehicles and walking for exercise, as if she wasn’t getting enough. She had a collection of albums, tapes and cd’s of gospel music which she didn’t go a day without listening to. Most of all she loved the lord and all of her family and always showed appreciation to others for their dedication. Martha was preceded in death by her parents, husband, three brothers: John Jr., Richard, and Oscar Smith, five sisters: Jessie Mae Smith, Mary Ferrell, Willie Mae Dozier, Rose L. Smith, and Naomi Hall; a son, Larry A. Stephens; and a daughter, Linda E. Stephens. Martha leaves to cherish her memory: three sisters, Lucy M. Johnson of Charleston, South Carolina, Lorene Brown and JoeAnna McFarlin of Tulsa, Oklahoma; two sons, Delbert (Mary) Stephens of Ashland, Missouri and Karl Stephens of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, seven grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren, two great great grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins
Funeral Services will be 1:00 pm Saturday January 26, 2019 in Antioch Baptist Church 110 West 56th Street North Tulsa, Oklahoma 74127 with Senior Pastor M.C. Potter,Eulogist. Burial will follow in Crown Hill Cemetery, Tulsa, Oklahoma, Visitation will Friday 3:00 pm til 8:00 pm Butler-Stumpff & Dyer Memorial Chapel 2103 East 3rd Street Tulsa, Oklahoma 74104.

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5 responses to Mrs. Martha R. Stephens

  1. Karl I Am Very Sorry For The Loss Of Your Mother. I Know She Had To Be A Great Woman Of God Because You Are A Very Nice Person And So Was Your Sister Linda. My Condolences. Pat Lucas

  2. See U Later My Friend. U Will Always Be Special To Me. I Learned Perseverance And Dedication From You Watching You Take Care Of Church Business So Well, And Working In Church Nursey. I Will Remember You As My Choir Member Roommate When We Would Go On Our Choir Trips. I Will Remember Your Love For Birthday Cards And Your Beautiful Smile. Jesus Keep U In His Arms Til I Join You With So Much Gratitude And Love For A Path To See You Again. I Love You All Your Family. Say Hey To Larry And Linda.

  3. We Always Miss Ms Stephens And Love Her Very Much.

  4. To Family And Friends Prayers Being Send For Each Of You. I Remember The Times I Spent Talking, Laughing And Crying In Mrs Stephens Office. She Was One Of My Role Models And Friend. Rip Sweet Mrs Stephens

  5. Angela Smith says:

    Aunt Martha Was A Beautiful Kind Hearted Aunt Who I Loved Very Dearly. I Remembered The Time Ahe Called Me For Assist And We All Laught About It Because She Didn’T Call Anyone But Me. I Said Well I Keep In Touch. I Will Miss You It Hurts But Its Your Time To Join The Rest On Heaven.

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