Martha Gradel
1917 - 2021
Connally-Compton Funeral Directors
4400 West Waco Drive
Waco, TX 76710
Martha Gradel

Nov. 26, 1917 - May 9, 2021

Martha Lyell Gradel, 103, of Waco, died on Mother's Day, May 9, 2021. Martha was born on November 26, 1917. She was a lifelong resident of Waco and a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church.

A visitation/rosary will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, May 13, at Connally Compton Funeral Directors. Rosary will begin at 7 p.m. Funeral Services will be held 1 p.m., Friday, May 14, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Waco, with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated by Father Cyril Ejaidu and Deacon Greg George. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Waco.

Pallbearers will be her sons, Robert, David, Gary, and Kenneth, son-in-law, Freddy Duron, and nephew, Bill Lyell Jr. Honorary pallbearer, son-in-law Darrell White.

Martha married Anthony Donald Gradel on April 13, 1936. Together they had eight children. Martha was lovingly referred to as "Big Mom". She raised a "Big" family, in a "Big" house, and most importantly had a "Big" heart!

Martha's life was so incredible that both Baylor and the Waco Channel produced documentaries about her.

Martha was preceded in death by her husband, A.D. Gradel; brother, William A. Lyell; son, Stephen Michael Gradel; and granddaughter, Stephanie Leigh Gradel.

She is survived by three daughters, Donna Scott of Miami, FL, Janice White and husband, Darrell, of Robinson, Frances Duron and husband, Freddy, of Robinson; four sons, Robert Gradel and wife, Robin, of Lampasas, David Gradel and wife, Lulu, of Robinson, Gary Gradel and wife, Maedell, of Moody, Kenneth Gradel and wife, Linda, of Waco; and daughter-in-law, Cynthia Gradel of Waco; 17 grandchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her memory to Mission Waco or the charity of your choice.

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Published by Waco Tribune-Herald on May 12, 2021.
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Connally-Compton Funeral Directors
4400 West Waco Drive, Waco, TX 76710
Connally-Compton Funeral Directors
4400 West Waco Drive, Waco, TX 76710
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Gary and Maedell, I am sending my condolences for your loss. I pray that God gives you strength and comfort during this difficult time.
Damon Anderson
May 26, 2021
What a wonderful life she led and beautiful family she raised. Thoughts and prayers for the entire family.
Jason George
May 13, 2021
Bill and Katherine Gray Brock
May 12, 2021
To all of the Gradel Family, especially to Janice and Frances, myself as well as Cathy send our Sincere Sympathy from our families and Pray that each of you find Peace ay this very difficult time.
Mary Lee Skidmore
May 12, 2021
Sorry for the loss of your mother David.
Mike Clampitt
May 12, 2021
Gary sorry to hear about your Mother will be praying for you and your Family
Jerry Garrett
May 12, 2021
Amber, I am so sorry for the huge loss you and your family have suffered.
Beverly Bell
May 12, 2021
Martha Gradel in excelsus. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family.
Tony Castro
May 12, 2021