The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

March 20, 2013

Martha Lee Wilson Lesnett 'Marty'

Published 3-20-13


Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Martha Lee Lesnett “Marty” was born Nov. 23, 1925, in Enid, Okla., to Dallas Earl and Alta Lee Wilson.

Martha attended school in Enid, Fay and Waukomis, Okla., and in Pasadena, Calif., and graduated from high school in Enid in 1943.

She met and married Howard Keith Lesnett in June 1946, while they were working for Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. in Enid, Okla.  They had two children while living in Enid, a son, Steven Alan in 1948, and a daughter, Jo Allyson in 1951.

They lived in Enid, El Reno and Warr Acres until 1960, when they moved to Lompoc, Calif., where they lived for 30 years, except for 9 years, when they lived in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

In 1990, they moved to San Antonio, Texas, and in 1994, they moved to Watonga, Okla., to be near her sister, Rita Clewell.

Marty’s husband, Howard, preceded her in death in 1998, after 52 years of marriage.

She continued to live in Watonga, Okla., until May 2012, when her daughter took her to her home in Ventura, Calif., to care for her while in ill health, until her death at age 87 on March 15, 2013.

Martha was a full time mom until the move to California, when she began working in retail sales at J.C. Penney’s, and then as manager at Remar’s Women’s Apparel in Lompoc and at Chalet D’Or Jewelers in St. Thomas, USVI. In 1980, she opened her own shop, Marty’s Needlecrafts, and retired in 1986.

Martha is survived by her son, Steve and wife Lori of Glenrose, Texas; daughter, Jo Allyson and husband Robert Wilmoth of Ventura, Calif.; grandchildren, Toni Rae and husband Jeff Moore, and Steve Jr. in Texas; great-grandchildren, Faron and Grady in Texas; sister, Rita Clewell and husband Clemon of Watonga, Okla.

Funeral service will be at the Methodist Church in Watonga, Okla., on Saturday, March 23, 2013, at 10 a.m. Wilkinson Mortuary assisted the family with funeral arrangements in Watonga, Okla.

(Submitted by family)