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Martha Lea Beltz

Martha Lea Beltz was born October 30, 1921 in Thomasville, Missouri, the daughter of Will and Ollie (Caldwell) Wright. She departed this life on December 7, 2008 in Texas County Memorial Hospital, Houston, Missouri, at the age of 87 years.

Martha was united in marriage to Ray L. Beltz on December 20, 1937 in Thayer, Missouri. To this union, three sons were born: Virgil Ray, Jimmy Dale and Jerry Lee.

Martha was preceded in death by her husband, Ray; one son, Jimmy Dale; one brother; and six sisters.

Survivors include two sons, Virgil Ray Beltz and wife Fern of Cabool, Missouri, and Jerry Lee Beltz and wife Earlene of Pomona, Missouri; one brother, Paul Wright of West Plains, Missouri; two sisters, Grace Brown and Naomi Smith of Joplin, Missouri; 13 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; and numerous great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation was held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 13, 2008, with funeral services following at 11:00 a.m. in Yarber Chapel, Mountain View, Missouri. Interment was in Huddleston Cemetery, Alton, Missouri, under the direction of Yarber Mortuary.

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