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Martha Ann Jaquess

September 1, 1932November 25, 2020
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Martha Ann Jaquess, 88, passed away Wednesday November 25 at her home near Grammer. She was born September 1st, 1932 in Columbus, Indiana to Marion Estol and Mary Elma Dickey.

Like a Spitfire, she came roaring through life. She was full of energy, blessed with faith, and powered by passion. Not to be held down by stereotypes, she was a tomboy with class. She loved basketball, baseball and any other activity she could get herself into.

Martha was a graduate of Columbus High School and received a Bachelor's degree from Hanover College where she was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi. She majored in PE because she loved sports, but she minored in Chemistry, so her parents would know she was taking college seriously. She taught both, with style and flair. She taught at Dunkirk High School ad substituted for many years in Bartholomew County.

She wore flannel just as well as she wore pearls. The classy farm girl caught herself a Boilermaker who became a sailor who became a diehard Hoosier fan who became a farmer. She married Wayne K. Jaquess on June 12, 1955. They set five kids loose on the world, and she became their mother, confidante, cheerleader and, finally, friend.

She worked tirelessly for church, Rainbow Girls and Girl Scouts, home economics club and campaigning against hunger. She turned children into adults, cream into butter, groceries into masterpieces, and a pile of fabric into her daughter's wedding dress. She loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren with all her heart and all her might, becoming their most loyal and faithful prayer warrior.

She fought battle after battle with scary-sounding problems, and she won... until she didn't. And just like that, she was gone. Oh, but what a legacy she leaves behind, in her children, her grandchildren, her community and her friends.

Martha is survived by her children, Jacqueline (Doug) Denny, Gary Wayne Jaquess, John Mark Jaquess, M. Ben Jaquess, all of Grammer, Indiana, and David Lynn (Orlando Silva) Jaquess of Atlanta, Georgia; grandchildren, Amberly (Tony) Lopez, Stewart, Jessica, Amanda, Sarah, Jenna, and G. Adam (Christine) Jaquess, Samantha (Casey) Miller, and Ashley (Brian) Millis; and great-grandchildren, Oran Jaquess, Mackenzie, Caroline, and Cora Millis, Gabby, Isa, and Theo Lopez.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and her daughter-in-law, Michelle.

A Funeral Service for Martha will be held Monday, November 30 at 1 p.m. at Myers-Reed Chapel. The service will be Livestreamed from the Funeral Home's Facebook page. A link to the livestream will be posted on Burial will follow at Garland Brook Cemetery. Visitation will be held Sunday, November 29 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Additional visitation will be held one hour prior to the service on Monday from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Memorial Donations in Martha's name may be made to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana or Grammer Presbyterian Church.

In keeping with Indiana guidelines, masks are required in the funeral home and social distancing must be followed. You may be asked to wait outside the building for a short time in order to stay within the allotted capacity inside the building.

She has fought a good fight. She has finished her course. She has kept the faith. She was fond of saying, "There is always, always, always something to be thankful for!" Today, Mom, we are thankful for you.


  • Jacqueline Denny (Doug), Daughter
  • Gary Wayne Jaquess, Son
  • John Mark Jaquess, Son
  • M. Ben Jaquess, Son
  • David Lynn Jaquess (Orlando Silva), Son
  • Amberly Lopez (Tony), Grandchild
  • Jessica Jaquess, Grandchild
  • Amanda Jaquess, Grandchild
  • Sarah Jaquess, Grandchild
  • Jenna Jaquess, Grandchild
  • Stewart Jaquess, Grandchild
  • G. Adam Jaquess (Christine), Grandchild
  • Samantha Miller (Casey), Grandchild
  • Ashley Millis (Brian), Grandchild
  • Oran Jaquess, Great Grandchild
  • Mackenzie Millis, Great Grandchild
  • Caroline Millis, Great Grandchild
  • Cora Millis, Great Grandchild
  • Gabby Lopez, Great Grandchild
  • Isa Lopez, Great Grandchild
  • Theo Lopez, Great Grandchild
  • Martha was preceded in death by her parents, Marion Estol and Mary Elma Dickey; her husband, Wayne K. Jaquess; and her daughter-in-law, Michelle Jaquess.

  • Gary W. Jaquess
  • David L. Jaquess
  • M. Ben Jaquess
  • Stewart Jaquess
  • Doug Denny
  • John M. Jaquess


  • Visitation

    Sunday, November 29, 2020

  • Additional Visitation

    Monday, November 30, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, November 30, 2020



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John Grooms

December 1, 2020

So sorry to hear of the family's loss of such a warm and wonderful person. Deepest regards and heartfelt best wishes to the Jaquess family from our family (Dwight, Linda, John, Troy, Merritt, and Travis Grooms), who have known and loved Marth's son Gary, and his children, for many, many years.

Cheryl (Sandhage) Pollert

November 30, 2020

My sympathy and prayers go out to all of the Jacquess family. I was so sorry to hear the news. I will always remember her as such a very kind, and friendly person.

Tamara Woods-Kiel

November 30, 2020

No ketchup will ever compare.
I will always remember Annie fondly.
Tami Woods

Carol Wisler

November 30, 2020

Annie, I will never forget the kindness you showed my children when they would come to visit on the farm when they were little. They, as well as I, have many good memories from those days. Know that you will be missed.

Mary Broaddus

November 30, 2020

Jackie, I can remember seeing your Mom walking around the fair each year while we were growing up. I remember how great she always looked in her jeans & plaid shirt and that great big beautiful smile she had for everyone. She could put a smile on everyone's face.
Take care and know you and your family are in my prayers. God Bless you all.

Susanne Riehle

November 29, 2020

I have a wish for the Jaquess 'children': Every time that you see a flower, every time you hear a bird, remember that your mom is with you. Annie celebrated the beauty of the world around her.

You built her a raised flower bed so she could enjoy it-- and she did until she could no longer do so. She nurtured and loved the flowers on her front porch-- until she could no longer do so. She watched the birds outside her window, savoring the sweetness that she saw.

I think that she saw that in people too. Who couldn't see the keen intelligence in her eyes?

I've said to my children, "Know how to love and be loved." Annie knew both and was. RIP, and may your kids celebrate all the days of your life.

Norie Erickson

November 29, 2020

The obituary for Martha was the finest I have read. It really captured her life and
I knew Martha over the years from when I filled in as a preacher at Grammer. For many of
those years she was the one who paid me. Her life was really a blessing for Grammer.
I'm sending prayers for the family and the church.
In Christ,
Norie Erickson

Marcia Walker

November 29, 2020

My bonds to Annie Jaquess began about 40 years ago, when I became friends with her daughter, Jacque. I had no family in this area and it didn’t take Annie very long to open her heart and home to me. She often referred to me as her second daughter. I always knew I had a place at their table, invited to participate as they navigated life’s mile markers: birthdays, graduations, weddings, holidays, funerals. I have watched this family grow and thrive, stumble and fall, enduring the good times and bad times. Along the way, I began taking family photos. First, it was just immediate family, spouses, grandchildren and great-grandchildren had not been added yet. As the family grew in size, it became more and more of a challenge for all of them to get together. The last family photo I took was at Easter, 2019. Annie and all members of the Jaquess clan will always have a special place in my heart , you are my Indiana family.

julia dickmeyer

November 27, 2020

Jacqueline I'm so sorry for your loss.. i don't know if u remember me.. we lived on base line rd many years ago and we got fresh milk from your mom.. my prayers are out to you.. Jackie hope you are doing ok. you are a fanstic person like your mom