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.