Graveside services for Martha Ann Loughridge Gilchrist, 76, of Monroe, will be held at 11:00 AM, Monday, February 11, 2013 at Church of The Redeemer Cemetery in Oak Ridge, LA with The Reverend (minister) officiating, under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home, Monroe. Martha Ann was born on March 10, 1936. She passed away on February 8, 2013, at the age of 76 after a long battle with lung cancer. Martha Ann was preceded in death by her parents, Leland and Mildred Loughridge; and her grandparents, with whom she shared a special relationship, Marvin and Minnie Irma Limerick. Martha Ann was a highly gifted craftswoman of her time. She won numerous awards for her innovative jewelry designs, including the 1970 Linz Brothers award and the 1975 Diamonds International Award for her signature piece, "The Pomegranate", now part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institute. Other jewelry creations by Mrs. Gilchrist are parts of collections at the Carnegie Museum and Los Angeles County Museum, respectively. Her work was highly respected by other jewelers of her time; at one of her regular gemology seminars at Paris Texas College, all three honored guest speakers were wearing her pieces. The 1980 Lapidary Journal praised her contribution to those who are interested in gems and minerals, stating "she has demonstrated that there is no limit as to where devotion to these masterpieces of nature will lead." In addition to a brilliant jeweler, she was a devoted mother, grandmother, and wife. She was immensely supportive of her family, frequently keeping up with their lives and their accomplishments, and was always the first to check up on her friends and loved ones. She was very involved with St. Mark's School of Texas and Episcopal School of Dallas, where her children attended, and was an active member of Oak Ridge's Church of the Redeemer. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, John; sister, Mildred Lynn Loughridge Kovac and husband Ken Kovac; brother, Rush Loughridge; her children, John Gilchrist, Jr. and his wife, Amy, and Tina Gilchrist Miller and her husband, Rick Miller; her niece, Anna Claire Kovac Herndon; and her grandchildren, Caitlin, Chase, and Victoria. She will be greatly missed by all who loved her. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the
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Published in Dallas Morning News on Feb. 11, 2013