Mary Ellen Martin (Alford) died suddenly April 26, 2014 after a valiant life-long struggle with MS. She was born in Beaumont, TX on October 11, 1946 to Jack and Kathryn Alford. She graduated from South Park High School in May 1965. She married Gerald L. Martin on May 30, 1969, becoming a Navy wife for 8 years before returning to Beaumont. All together, they enjoyed nearly 45 wonderful years. In that time the Lord blessed them with two beautiful daughters and 12 grandchildren. She worked for 10 years in the Gray Campus career center of Judson High School in San Antonio and was active as the Youth Department Director at Parkhills Baptist when the girls were young. She was, by the grace of God, born again at the age of 16 at South Park Baptist in Beaumont and discipled by the great-aunt of her husband-to-be, known as Auntie Bo. She leaves behind her faithful husband Gerald, daughters Sheila Ryan and her husband Paul, of San Antonio. Kimberly Crook and her husband Bill of Orlando, FL. A brother, Alan Alford and wife Carol of Baytown, Tx. and her father Jack D. Alford of Beaumont, 12 grandchildren and many friends. She was preceded in death by her mother, Kathryn Alford. Memorial services were held at Churchill Baptist Church in San Antonio at 2 PM on Tuesday. Graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, May 2, 2014 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at Forest Lawn Funeral Home.
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Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Apr. 30, 2014