Jeffers, Martha Ann, nee McAllister
Marty Jeffers, 83 passed away December 11, 2017 at Deer Creek of Wimberley.
Marty, born February 13, 1934 in Washington D.C., was raised in Wichita, Kansas by her mother, Martha McAllister after losing her father at the age of five. Having graduated high school and attended some nursing school in Kansas, she met, fell in love with, and married Robert Jeffers, a young Navy officer cadet and aviator in training, also of Wichita. After Robert was awarded his wings, the two of them set off on their life-long journey, first moving to Maryland where Robert would leave on six-month deployments leaving Marty on her own to give birth to and raise their young children. The Navy took them to Kansas City and to Corpus Christi before they moved to the Dallas-Fort Worth area, to raise their family.
It was while they lived in Irving and then Euless that Marty became deeply involved, in not only raising children, but also in her faith, giving hours of time to St. Vincent’s Episcopal Church. Many life-long friends were made at St. Vincent’s and an outsized impact was made on those she touched. Marty also volunteered in many community organizations such as PTA, Camp Fire Girls, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts.
In 1976, Marty and Bob, anxious to get out of the city once their oldest children had left home for college, found a beautiful home on a hilltop in Hunt, Texas, where they lived near dear friends they had met in the Navy. There they spent many summer evenings lying in lounge chairs gazing at a vast expanse of Hill Country stars, enjoying drinks and laughs. It was here where Marty’s fifth (and unexpected) child was born who would keep her on her toes well into her sixties.
Life would take them to Kingsville, Texas and then back to Euless where Marty rejoined her community at St. Vincent’s. There they would spend another 12 years before moving to Wimberley to enjoy retirement near their youngest daughter and grandchildren.
Marty’s pattern of service continued in Wimberley at church as well as in the community, where she spent many hours volunteering with the Friends of the Library, Civic Club, and as a council member for the City of Woodcreek.
Most of those who knew Marty remember her for service to her church, her unyielding love for her children and grandchildren, her unabashed honesty, and razor-sharp tongue. She had a deep passion for life and a sharp wit, reflective of the Irish strain inherited from her father. She also wore the toughness and resolve forged from being born and raised by a single mother in Great Depression-era Kansas and raising four children as the spouse of traveling Naval aviator and airline pilot. Her life experiences were reflected as a mother in the way she nurtured her children with tough love, instilling a sense of service, work ethic, and decisiveness.
Marty was preceded in death by her parents, brother, and oldest son Richard Jeffers and leaves behind a large, loving gamily which includes her husband of 62 years, Robert Jeffers; her three daughters, Cindy Zwiacher and husband Andrew, Sandra Green and husband Kevin, Teresa Junkin and husband David and son, Michael Jeffers and wife Monica. She was also the grandmother (Mema) of twelve grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be Tuesday, January 2nd, at 11:00 am at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Wimberley. Reception immediately following the service. If desired, donations may be made to St. Vincent’s Cathedral Altar Guild in Bedford, TX or the Friends of the Wimberley Village Library, or a charity of choice.