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Obituary Martha Christine Godwin

Martha Christine Godwin 3-14-1930 ~ 12-5-2014 Those who knew Martha Christine Godwin, formerly Noga, knew that everything she did centered on her belief in God and love for her family. On December 5th, Martha was received in God’s kingdom of peace. Martha joined her parents Emma and Frank Noga and brother Louis Nardin on March 14, 1930 in the small coal mining camp of Dicks, CO. They lived there a short time and then moved to the larger coal mining camp of Cameron, CO. They made their homes there until her father retired and then they moved to Walsenburg, where Martha attended and graduated from high school. Her favorite class was music where she played an alto saxophone in the concert band and jazz band. She was a majorette for the marching band. Her senior year, she was crowned basketball queen. After graduation, Martha became employed by Mountain Bell Telephone and Telegraph Co. as a telephone operator. She met Ted Godwin and sometime later they married and then were blessed with a baby girl

named Sharon Kaye. The family moved on to Grand Junction where Ted was employed by the Ed. E. Motor Co. Martha was involved with the American Red Cross as a Grey Lady for many years. She was a scout leader for Sharon and her Girl Scout troop. Martha belonged to the International Toastmistress Club, and Home Demonstration Clubs, both local and county. She served in all four offices for the three organizations. In 1966, the family moved to Billings, MT and Ted became the owner of Billings Chrysler Plymouth dealership. The family had made their home here since that time. Martha had an interest and love for little children and wanted to write stories for this age group. She completed a course in children’s stories and received her diploma from The Institute of Children’s Literature. In that same year of 1988, Martha became ill with cancer and her goal to write children’s stories was never accomplished. She belonged to the P.E.O. Chapter AV for many years. She was a member of the Billings Preservation Society. She was also a charter member of King of Glory Lutheran Church. After twenty-six years, cancer won the battle of life for Martha. Martha was preceded in death by her mother, father, and brother. She is survived by Ted, her husband of sixty-four years, daughter Sharon Olsen; grandadults, Spencer, Neil, Shelley (and husband Daniel), Eric (and wife Niki); and four great-grandchildren, Tobin, Quincy, Maddie, and Emme; nephews, nieces, and cousins. Martha requested that in place of flowers, donations be made to Shriners Hospital for Children or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.