Laura "Maxine" Martin

Laura "Maxine" Martin

PRATT KS: Laura "Maxine" Martin, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, died Friday, November 16, 2012 at her home in Pratt, Kansas. She was born January 6, 1929 in Tionesta, Pennsylvania.

Maxine is a US Army Veteran, serving during 1958 having attained the rank of RCT(P). She was the president of the The Baton Marching Corp., The Conquistadors of Sharon, PA for many years.

She was preceded in death by her husband Charles P. Martin Jr.; her parents, Florence Sibble Koch and Harold "Pete" Wiles; brothers, Robert Blume and Karl Emil Koch; and a sister Shirley Wiles Stafford.

After the death of her husband she raised her 4 children alone. While working at General Motors Fisher Body in Lordstown, OH, and Howell Industries in Masury, OH before moving her family to San Diego, CA to care for her elderly mother.

Survivors include her daughters, Kathy Martin Provance and husband Fred, Corpus Christi, TX; Phyllis (Cody) Martin Rainer and husband Jim, Lancaster, OH; her sons John Martin and wife Michele, Pratt, KS; Michael Martin and wife Beth, Escondido, CA; a brother James P. Koch, San Marcus, CA; eight grandchildren Jamie Lynn Provance, Nicole Provance Moore and husband Heath, Lindsay Martin Tucker and husband Mike, Heather Martin Adams, and husband Mike, Kimberly Rainer, Lacey Rainer Slack and husband Kyle, Crystal Martin, Frederick Provance III; and nine great-grandchildren.

Cremation has taken place. Her wishes were to have a private ceremony with family.

Memorials may be made to South Wind Hospice, Pratt, KS in care of Larrison Mortuary 300 Country Club Rd., Pratt, KS 67124.

Published in the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette on Nov. 17, 2012