Martha Woods Covert (1926 - 2014)

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Covert, Martha Woods Martha Woods Covert died peacefully July 9, 2014, with her husband and daughters by her side. Born on May 14, 1926, her parents were Joseph Edgar Woods and Kathryn Gary Doyle Woods of Teague, TX. When she was 11 years old, her parents moved to Temple, TX. She graduated from Hockaday Junior College in 1945, and attended The University of Texas at Austin, where she pledged Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. Martha met the love of her life, Dr. Frank M. Covert, III, on a blind date, when he was interning at Scott-White Hospital in Temple. They married in Temple on February 1, 1947. A few of Martha's contributions to the Austin Community included: Junior League of Austin, University Presbyterian Church, Settlement Club, and her appointments to the Texas Historical Commission. She set the example of being the best mother simply by being one. A card given to her daughters on their first Mother's Day best describes Martha's credo: "May life give its best to the dearest of Mothers whose life is given to doing for others." We will all miss Mimi's beautiful blue eyes, but know that she will live in our hearts forever. Martha is survived by her beloved husband of 67 years, Dr. Frank M. Covert, III; daughters Gary Beth Baggett and husband Richard S. Baggett of Portland, OR and Carol Crowley and husband Tim Crowley of Austin; and grandchildren Catherine Covert Baggett of Los Angeles, CA, Christopher Covert Crowley of Austin, and Elizabeth Hollins Crowley of Austin. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 13, 2014 at University Presbyterian Church, 2203 San Antonio Street. Those desiring to make contributions to honor Martha's life may donate to: University Presbyterian Church, 2203 San Antonio Street, Austin, TX 78705; Settlement Home for Children, 1600 Payton Gin Road, Austin, TX 78758; or The Dr. and Mrs. Frank M. Covert, III, Endowed Scholarship Fund at Schreiner University, 2100 Memorial Blvd., Kerrville, TX 78028-5697. Arrangements by Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home - (512) 452-8811. Please visit for the extended version of Martha's obituary and guestbook.

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Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Homes & Cremation Services
3125 North Lamar Avenue Austin, TX 78705
(512) 452-8811
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Published in Dallas Morning News on July 12, 2014
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