Martha Lea (Fulbright) Roesch
Martha Lea (Fulbright) Roesch was born on Oct. 19, 1923, on the family farm in Daisy, Mo., the first of three children of Dock and Mary "Marie" (McLane) Fulbright.
She graduated from Oak Ridge, Mo. High School in 1941, and was the last surviving member of that class.
Marty moved to St. Louis where she met her husband
to be, Lawrence L. Roesch, who was stationed at Jefferson Barracks. They were married on Oct. 10, 1943, after which he was deployed with the U.S. Army to India. He returned two years later when they moved to Iowa City. To this union were born two children, Gayle (Baldridge/Royar) and Gregory.
Bremers hired Marty to be in charge of their women's department. After the store burned, she worked at Seifert's Store for Women for 25 years, retiring in 1987, then working part-time for five more years. She had a gift for putting outfits and accessories together and was always their top salesclerk.
She was a member of First United Methodist Church, UMW, Mercy Hospital Guild (gift shop) and University Club.
She enjoyed sewing, playing bridge and was an avid reader.
Having survived cancer five times since 1968 and numerous fractures (two hip, pelvis, leg, neck and rib in the past seven years), she succumbed to COVID-19 at Briarwood Health Care Center on Jan. 12, 2021, at the age of 97.
She was proceeded in death by her husband (2003) and son (2020).
Survivors include her daughter, Gayle and her husband the Rev. Kenneth Royar; Rachael Baldridge Mayer Vivian (Travis); Jill and Heather Roesch; and sister, Joyce Gbur.
A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.
Thank you to all who supported Marty through her life's journey, especially Melrose Meadows and Briarwood staffs.
Memorials may be made to Oak Ridge R- VI Schools Foundation, Inc. C/0 Gayle Royar, 3350 Kenruth Circle, NE, Iowa City, IA 52240.
Online condolences may be made at www.lensingfuneral.com.