Martha Lynn Dabbs
March 14, 1934 – July 5, 2019
On Friday, July 7, 2019, our beloved wife and mother, Martha Lynn Dabbs passed away at the age of 85 years. Martha was born in Plainview, Texas, on March 14, 1934, to the late Ralph and Bernice (Wheelis) Hodges. While a student at Texas Technological College (Lubbock), she met Travis D. Dabbs and they married, while still in college, in 1953. Martha and Travis marked their 65th anniversary in November 2018, celebrating a long and happy life together. Martha graduated from Texas Tech in May 1955, her graduation ceremony interrupted by the birth of their first son, Daniel M. Dabbs, of Princeton, New Jersey. Their second son, Dale A. Dabbs, of San Antonio, was born shortly before Travis graduated (1956) and began his career as an USAF officer. Their peripatetic life as a military family then started. Their first daughter, Deborah A. Dabbs, of Lubbock, Texas, was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana (1958), followed by the birth of their second daughter, Dana L. Dabbs, of Southlake, Texas, in Lubbock (1961). After 30 years as an Air Force wife, including 19 moves around the country, including Hawaii and postings to England and France, Martha and Travis settled in San Antonio in 1986, enjoying their retirement with frequent visits to and from family and friends around the country and overseas. Never one to stay idle, Martha was an active member of the Post Chapel at Fort Sam Houston and volunteered at the State Hospital and the Women’s Auxiliary of the Salvation Army. She was actively involved with the Woman’s Club of San Antonio, enjoying twenty years of conviviality and fellowship. Martha is remembered for her generosity of spirit and great empathy. A talented conversationalist, she never met a stranger. Every house she and Travis shared became a home, not only for their children, but for their children’s and, later, grandchildren’s friends. She was a mentor and guide to many young people throughout her life, loving everyone and being greatly loved in return. She is survived by her husband Travis, four children and their spouses, six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Martha’s survivors also include her large extended family comprising her close friends and the friends of her children and grandchildren. Visitation will be held at Sunset Funeral Home on Wednesday 10th July from 5:00 – 8:00 pm (1701 Austin Highway, San Antonio). The funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm Thursday 11th July at Sunset Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery at 9:15 am Friday 12th July. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Salvation Army and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
- Visitation Wednesday, July 10, 2019
- Funeral Service Thursday, July 11, 2019
- Committal Service Friday, July 12, 2019
Martha Lynn Dabbs
July 10, 2019
I will always remember Martha as a warm kind and lovely woman. I am grateful that I was able to know her. Her smile and friendly nature was so wonderful. She will be terribly missed and lovingly remembered.
July 10, 2019
I remember Martha and Travis unselfishly volunteering to take all the pictures of our wedding in June of 2013, then presenting us with a photo album keepsake. She was always volunteering for something and thinking of others first. In my eyes she will always exemplify what a true lady should be. I will miss her terribly.
July 9, 2019
What an outstanding lady! Her welcoming smile is what I will remember most about grandma! She would light up as soon as she saw you from across the room! I pray Mr. Dabbs and family find peace in her passing.
July 8, 2019
I will miss seeing Martha's sweet face at the Woman's Club. She was such a wonderful, kind lady. My heartfelt condolences to all of her family, especially her husband.
July 8, 2019
Martha and I shared Children’s sermon and Layreader duties at the Gift chapel . She was a beautiful lady inside and out . She and I were Facebook buds . We shared a love for animals ,scripture and of course comedy !!!!!
Will MISS her sitting in front of us or same row at church .
July 7, 2019
Debbie, KD and family,
We are so sorry about your mom. We always enjoy coming to your home and visiting with your parents. Your mom gave me a lot of school supplies when I started my school nursing job and I was so thrilled to have them! Your mom was a very special woman and she will be missed by many. Sending prayers to you, KD and your family.
Take care. We know this is such a difficult time.
John and Becky