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Melvina Tramel Martin

9 septembre , 19189 mai , 2019
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Obituary of Melvina Tramel Martin September 9, 1918 – May 9, 2019 Melvina Tramel Martin, at age 100, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at Coronado at Stone Oak surrounded by those who loved her. She was born on September 9, 1918 in the small town of Kerens, Texas to James H. and Evelyne Tramel. Melvina was the oldest of eight children. On September 12, 1936, she was married to Sam B. Martin. Together they had five children. She is survived by four children, Tony (Peggy), Paul Samuel (Judy), John Paul, and Deborah Melvina. Her seven grandchildren are Wendy Martin, Kristy Martin, Tim Martin (Diane), Michelle Dretke (Dave), Melanie Cox (Brian), Mark Martin and Brandi Meyer (Andy). She was “GiGi” to her eight great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, J.C. Tramel (Greta), and her sister, Jane Reynolds. Her husband and the love of her life, Sam, died in 1985 at the age of 67. Their firstborn son, Jimmy, died when he was four years old. Others who passed on before her were her parents, two brothers, Wilfred Tramel and Jack Tramel, and three sisters, Marie Matthews, Sue Shanahan and Joyce Day. Sam and Melvina had an adventurous life and lived in several states and Canada while Sam was working in construction. During World War II, Melvina was a “Rosie the Riveter” in a B-17 bomber. They were living near Port Chicago, California when the deadly munitions explosion occurred during the war at the Port Chicago Naval Magazine killing more than 300 sailors and civilians and injuring that many more. They had quite a story to tell about that night and how they were spared. In 1955, they settled in San Antonio where Sam founded Martin Brothers General Contractors. Melvina was a homemaker and kept busy raising their children while serving both as a volunteer and a member of some worthy organizations. Melvina and Sam were officers in both the local and state chapters of The ARC, which at that time was known as The Association for Retarded Children. In 1962, Melvina and Sam were instrumental in establishing the San Antonio chapter of Youth for Christ which to this day continues its ministry of spreading the gospel to young people. She also served as an officer in the San Antonio chapter of the Christian Women’s Club in the late 1960’s. Melvina was a board member of the San Antonio Garden Club and had the honor of having her home chosen to be showcased and toured by the public during the garden club’s annual Christmas Pilgrimage. Melvina was a faithful follower of Jesus Christ and was a member of the Castle Hills First Baptist Church. She became the designated matriarch of the Martin and Tramel branches of her large extended family. Many nieces and nephews remember that her home was always open to them with food on the table and a place to stay when needed. Her gentle spirit and her ever gracious manner will always be remembered by those who knew her. A time of visitation will be held at Sunset Memorial Park & Funeral Home located at 1701 Austin Hwy. on Friday, May 17 beginning at 6:00 p.m. Melvina’s funeral service will be on Saturday, May 18, at 11:00 am. also at Sunset Memorial Park & Funeral Home.

Services

  • Visitation vendredi, 17 mai , 2019
  • Funeral Service samedi, 18 mai , 2019
  • Reception samedi, 18 mai , 2019

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John Paul Martin

18 mai , 2019

John Paul Martin

18 mai , 2019

Ronnie Hillis

17 mai , 2019

I remember all the good times we shared with the (Sam and Melvina) Martin family from Pasadena to San Antonio. Aunt Melvina was always happy to see us from Lubbock and had great meals prepared for us all.
We are so happy to know she is present with our Lord and the saints who have gone before us.

Nancy Weaver Camp

16 mai , 2019

I have so many memories of this lady ! She had such a beautiful smile and a soft sweet voice ! She was a wonderful example of a strong Christian Wife and Mother ! Knowing her since my teens, she was always an example for young ladies about growing up to be a strong Christian Woman !
Know she and Sam are together again and rejoicing about her arrival !

Richard and Mary Kahn

16 mai , 2019

I have many great memories of times I spent at Melvina and Sam Martin's home in the 1950's. I remember the times I came over to see Tony and Grandpa Tramel would be sitting outside and would tell me and Tony all about the old days, When it was lunch time Melvina would insist I stay for lunch. These good times will be remembered forever. Melvina had a long and great life and I will miss seeing her smiling face. Our thoughts and prayers are with the whole family. Richard & Mary Kahn

Diane Polanco

16 mai , 2019

Diane Polanco

16 mai , 2019

I will forever cherish the memories of our visits, your smile and the wonderful stories of you and Sam (and the family). When Tim and I would walk into your room we knew that you were almost as happy to see us as we were to see you! You would act as if the smallest trinket or treat was the best thing you ever received! It was never a chore to visit but something that we looked forward too. I wish that our visits with you did not have to end but know that you are where you want to be and with who you want to be with. I love you as if you were MY grandmother and will miss you immensely.

Nathan "Shawn" Martin

16 mai , 2019

I always loved it when Granddaddy would take me to her house. I would always ask if I could go play in the boat. Then should would make me snacks after I finished my cross seas adventure.

Clayton Greenwell

15 mai , 2019

At the Martin reunion in 2012. My sister and I with Aunt Melvina. You will be missed. Love you.

Brandi Meyer

14 mai , 2019

Grandma you always taught me anything was possible. To always love, to cherish and to always forgive. You also taught me to live life to the fullest. If you hadn’t been my guiding light growing up, I wouldn’t be who I am today. I have so many fond memories that I will forever cherish. Heaven gained one of the best Angels. Growing up you were my guardian Angel . You were always my safe haven. You taught me right from wrong and good from bad. I remember you teaching me how to cook and watching all the General Hospital Episodes every day at lunch time with you. I remember the candy dishes with the Hersey kisses, the spearmint Certs that we would share at church on Sunday. Our weekly lunch dates to Luby’s to eat their famous vegetable soup. The times when you would let me wear your shoes even though they were always too big. The charm bracelet you always kept in your jewelry box on your dresser and how I could wear it on Sunday or when I felt scared. The hilarious David Letterman shows we would watch before bed. Any time you’d get to laughing and say “ Oh my lands.” So many memories and I remember each one vividly like it was yesterday and will hold them dearly to my heart and cherish every moment we spent together right up until the Lord called you home. I will always think of you and miss you dearly until we meet again one day. It’s not goodbye because you will be with me in my heart daily, it’s I’ll see you later. I love you grandma . Love Always and Forever
Brandi, Andrew and little Lukas.

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