Kendall HolmesAugust 5, 1945 - June 27, 2011 OKLAHOMA CITY Martha Hayden Kendall Holmes was born August 5, 1945 in Sayre, Oklahoma, to Marie Hayden and James Melton Kendall. She grew up in Sayre and graduated from Sayre High School in 1963. Martha was a gifted and accomplished musician, playing both the piano and organ. She was one of the unique talents who had perfect pitch. On September 11, 1965, she married Fred Holmes of Sayre. Her academic accomplishments are a Bachelor of Music, 1970, from the University of Oklahoma and a Master's Degree in Social Work, 1976, from the University of Oklahoma. In Martha's social work career, she became recognized nationally and internationally as an expert on neonatal and infant transition issues. She was instrumental in the establishment of the second NIDCAP training center in the United States and world. Martha was a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. During the 1970s, she was one of the original people to oranize the Oklahoma City Parents Assistance Center. She was known as an advocate for children and families who went the extra mile to achieve positive results. Professionally, Martha was described by her colleagues as a stellar social worker, demonstrating her leadership skills on a local and national level. She was a national officer in the National Association of Social Workers and in Oklahoma held numerous offices including being president and serving as the Executive Director. In 1999 she was recognized as the National Social Worker of the Year. Martha and her partner, Tedd Fulp, were tireless advocates for the Oklahoma Coalition to abolish the death penalty. She consistently demonstrated her interest in government and politics through her support of the Democratic Party. Martha was preceded in death by her parents, Marie and James; her sister, Norma Jane; and her husband, Fred. She is survived by her life partner, Tedd Fulp; her niece, Marquita Lopez, and her husband, Tony; several cousins; numerous long-term friends; and her beloved and faithful dogs, Buddy and Gypsy. Martha was blessed with the ability to develop and maintain friendships. She will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved her. Martha died June 27, 2011. Her memorial service is July 12, 2011, 1:00 PM, at the First Unitarian Church, 600 NW 13th Street, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to some of Martha's favorite causes: Parents Assistance Center, Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, and Scholarship Fund at the Oklahoma University School of Social Work.
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Published in The Oklahoman on July 10, 2011