Carol Ann (Martin) Mashek (1937 - 2012)

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Carol Ann Martin Mashek of Sioux Falls, S.D. passed away May 7, from heart and kidney failure. She was born to James and Caroline (Stauss) Martin on a farm in Buchanan County on August 6, 1937.
After graduating from Independence High School in 1955, she attended Sioux Falls College graduating in 1959 with a B.A. in history and Christian education. In 1962 she received her Masters of Art in history from the University of Missouri - Kansas City.
She was an educator, teaching public school from 1959 through 1968. She also taught Sunday school for 50 years. She found great joy in leading others to a closer relationship with God, and sharing her love of history.
Her passion for history resulted in active involvement in a great number of organizations, as well as writing and presenting the history of Sioux Falls. She wrote and researched many other history papers including the comprehensive history of Sioux Falls College.
She was devoted to family, church, community, and the environment. In addition she enjoyed cooking, reading, travel, flowers, gardening and music. Her community activism led her to run for mayor of Sioux Falls in 1991. Her greatest love was for her husband Bill and the 51 years they spent together, especially their retirement years.
Carol is survived by her sons Terry (Amy) and Tim, her grandson Tyler and brothers James "Ted" (Eula) Martin and David (Karen) Martin. She was preceded in death by her husband William "Bill" (passed Feb. 6), her father and mother, and her daughter Theresa.
Memorials may be sent to the First Baptist Church archive fund, the South Dakota Symphony and the Minnehaha County Historical Society.
Memorial services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Sioux Falls, with fellowship following. Visitation begins 1 p.m. Friday afternoon with the family present to greet friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday evening at Miller Funeral Home, 507 S. Main Avenue. Burial will be at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery at a later date.
Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from May 23 to June 9, 2012