Fentress Mortuary

1805 North A Street, Fort Smith, AR


Martha June Menshek

March 20, 1940March 20, 2020

Martha June Menshek, 80, of Van Buren, passed away Friday, March 20, 2020, in Fort Smith. She was born March 20, 1940 in Detroit, Michigan to the late William E. Turner and Dorothy (Barnum) Turner.

She was a 1958 graduate of East Detroit High School. She relocated to Arkansas with her then husband, John S. Menshek, and children in 1983. She was a descendant of the Turner Bend Turners. She was an employee of Choctaw Casino in Pocola, Oklahoma for the last 15 years where she worked as a cashier.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by a sister, Loa Jean VinDick of San Antonio, Texas.

There will be a private funeral mass at St. Boniface Catholic Church, Interment will be at Highland Cemetery in Ozark. Arrangements are under the direction of Fentress Mortuary in Fort Smith.

She is survived by a daughter, Janet Gabrey and her husband Steven, of Van Buren; a son, John W. Menshek and his wife Kathy, of Columbus, GA; three brothers, William E. Turner, Jr. of St. Clair Shores, MI, Jimmy R. Turner and his wife Grace of Ray, MI and J. Michael Deady of Clearwater, Florida; and a sister, Mary Jo Eckenrode of Clinton Township, MI. She is also survived by five grandchildren, Joshua R. Delargy, Sarah E. Watson, John Paul A. Menshek, Stephen M. Menshek and Mackenzie L. Menshek; six great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and many cousins.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312 or online at http://www.diabetes.org/


  • Janet Gabrey and her husband Steven, Daughter
  • John W. Menshek and his wife Kathy, Son
  • Dorothy (Barnum) Turner, Mother (deceased)
  • William E. Turner, Father (deceased)
  • Loa Jean VinDick, Sister (deceased)
  • Mary Jo Eckenrode, Sister
  • William E. Turner, Jr., Brother
  • Jimmy R. Turner and his wife Grace, Brother
  • J. Michael Deady, Brother
  • Joshua R. Delargy, Grandchild
  • Sarah E. Watson, Grandchild
  • John Paul A. Menshek, Grandchild
  • Stephen M. Menshek, Grandchild
  • Mackenzie L. Menshek, Grandchild
  • Martha is also survived by her six great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and many cousins.


  • Private Funeral Mass


Martha June Menshek

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JoAnne Torem

March 24, 2020

Janet and Steven and the rest of your family, I am so sorry for the loss of your mom. Please know you are in my heart and in my prayers. Treasure the memories. Love to you all,
JoAnne Torem

Davis Petit

March 23, 2020

I loved talking with Miss Martha while on break. She would always say, "How ya doin' honey?" She would put her pains aside to see how you're doing. She put others first.

Rest in peace sweet lady! Love e you girl!

Shera Freeman

March 22, 2020

Ms. Marty was a delight to work with. I loved her spunky, no nonsense personality. She will be greatly missed. May she rest in peace forever in his arms.
- Shera

Rhonda Remy

March 22, 2020

Ms. Marty was one of my favorite people. I loved her dearly. I will always remember her sassiness, her wit, her straight forwardness. I loved her stories and her wisdom. If you treated her right, she treated you the same.
Ms. Marty, you will definitely be missed.
My love, thoughts and prayers are with you, Janet and family.

Misty Wortham

March 22, 2020

Me. Marty was the BEST!!! I loved working with her. She could always make you laugh! She sure had a lot of sass and spunk about her. I always say I wanna be just like Ms. Marty! She tells it like it is! I sure am gonna miss her. I love you Ms. Marty♥️ Prayers for her family and friends!!!

Danielle Brown

March 22, 2020

Marty I sure am gonna miss you, lady. You always kept me laughing with your witty come backs and smart alec attitude. Main cage will never be the same and neither will seeing Ms. Carolyn without you. Lydia and I are gonna miss having lunch with you. Rest high sweet angel. Love you always.

Wingo & Brenda Johnson

March 22, 2020

Brenda and I are so sad at the loss of a wonderful woman. Ms. Marty was part of our family and will be truly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family in their time of loss. I'm sure she is straightening out heaven and will be an amazing angel. May God bless and hold you in his hand.

Pamela Hartsfield

March 22, 2020

My prayers and thoughts are with family and friends of Ms. Marty. I will have to get use to going by the Main Cage at the Casino and not seeing you there and saying hi to you and to have a good night. May you rest in peace my friend. 😥

Kelly Hartsell

March 22, 2020

I enjoyed working with Marty. You never had to wonder what she was thinking because she would let you know. She was one of my favorites. I’m going to miss her very much.

Kim Adair

March 22, 2020

I hope Ms Marty’s family knows how much she was loved at the casino. I enjoyed our conversation when we work together and she always made sure I heard her say hi. Some of the funny times I had were watching her yell “hello” and “here I am” to the guests walking by 😆 she made sure you knew she was ready to cash those tickets in for them. She was so sweet and sassy. She didn’t hold back what she had to say and most the time it was hilarious. I will miss her dearly. She has a certain spot in main cage that will never be the same.