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Martha Claire Brown McKay


1927 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Martha Claire Brown McKay Obituary
April 3, 1927 - September 3, 2018
Martha Claire Brown McKay (Martie), 91, passed away September 3, 2018 in her sleep. Born April 3, 1927 to Judge Robert W. and Mattie Claire Allen Brown in Gatesville, TX. She described her childhood during the depression as "fortunate" because she had loving parents, cousins close by, and many friends. Her mother taught her to cook, sew and play bridge. Her father taught her to fish and climb trees. When she was 5 years old she contracted Typhoid Fever and when the illness did not improve, her parents took her from their small town of Gatesville to nearby Waco for treatment. Because she was so contagious the hospital would not admit her but sent an intern out daily to monitor her at her uncle's home in Waco where they were staying. She was smitten with the handsome intern in his white coat and decided at age 5 she would marry a doctor. Martha was an avid dancer at the USO during WWII while in high school. She often joked that her brains were in her feet. In 1945, she entered the University of Texas at Austin and as the servicemen returned home from WWII, she went to dances almost every night. Her friends began to call her Martie instead of Martha while at UT. She met a young Irishman named Patrick McKay in English class from San Antonio who had returned from the War. He loved her red hair and she loved that he was smart, handsome, tall, and studying to be a doctor. She graduated from UT, taught 2nd grade and married Pat when he graduated from UT Medical Branch in Galveston 1951. Following an internship in San Antonio, they headed to Gatesville for 2 years and back to San Antonio where he started General Practice in 1955.
Dr. Pat was not a dancer, but they worked it out. They were married for 57 years before his death in 2009.

Martha was active in the Bexar County Medical Assoc Auxiliary, weekly bridge clubs and volunteered in local politics. She was a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, and the Daughters of the Republic of Texas.

Martie is survived by her 5 children: Pat Jr; Connie (Paul Wilke, DDS); Claire McKay, DO (Curtis Hart, Ed.D); Alice (Ron Orsini) and Ruthie (Mike Diharce). She has 14 grand children: Megan (Andy Wenstrand) and Morgan McKay, Reed Norman; Robert, Sharon, and Bekah Wilke, Anna Wilke Tubb (Wyatt); Jonathan (Lauren), Patrick (Vanessa) and Jessi Hart; Abby and Kate Orsini, Fisher and Price Diharce. Martie has 4 ½ great grand children to include Joshua, Ella, Elise and Baby Tubb on the way; and Wally Wenstrand.

Martie worked very hard to instill practicality and family values into each of her children. She was a stickler for common courtesy, proper grammar, table manners and handwritten Thank You notes. No one could fry chicken, bake pecan or cherry pies, make biscuits or gravy like her. Her red hair and piercing blue eyes were a reflection of her feisty personality everyday of her life. She will be greatly missed.

The family will receive friends from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, Friday, September 14, 2018, at Porter Loring Mortuary North.

GRAVESIDE SERVICE
SATURDAY,
SEPTEMBER 15, 2018
10:00AM
GATESVILLE CITY CEMETERY

If you desire, please donate to one of her special charities: Coryell Museum & Historical Center, Animal Defense League of Texas.

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Published in Express-News on Sept. 9, 2018
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