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Martha Emilie Othold

November 28, 1922November 5, 2019
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Martha Emilie (Darilek) Othold, 96, of Shiner, Texas passed away on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at Citizens Medical Center in Victoria, Texas.

Funeral Mass was under the direction of Buffington Funeral Home in Shiner, Texas and was held on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 10:00 am Saints Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church in Shiner, Texas with Father Bryan Heyer officiating. Interment followed at Shiner Catholic Cemetery in Shiner, Texas. Visitation began at 2:00 pm on Friday, November 8, 2019 and a Rosary was recited at 6:00 pm Friday at Buffington Funeral Home.

Martha was born on November 28, 1922 in Moulton, Texas. She was the daughter of Frank J.V. and Frances Rose (Kahanek) Darilek. She helped her parents on the farm when she was young. Martha married Elroy Charles Othold on November 22, 1947 at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Moulton, Texas. She loved taking care of her flower garden. She helped Elroy with their farm/ranch. Martha was very family oriented and loved her family. She was a handtooler and embosser at Tex Tan leatherworks in Yoakum, Texas for many years. Her grandchildren and their friends loved her chicken noodle soup and always knew she would have some waiting for them when they stopped by on Saturdays.

Martha is survived by two sons: Elroy Othold, Jr. and his wife, Betty of Houston, Texas, Reginald Othold and his wife, Amy of Shiner, Texas, two daughters: Susan Sonntag of Victoria, Texas, Gilmary Powell and her husband, Chris of Luling, Texas, one brother: Frankie Darilek and his wife Agnes of Shiner, Texas, two sisters: Lucy Schoenfeld of Flatonia, Texas, Frances Faldyn of Brenham, Texas, eight grandchildren: Christian Powell and his wife, Mitzi, Seth Powell and his wife, Brittany, Joshua Powell and his wife, Jillian, Katie Hengst and her husband, Tres, Maggie Othold and Kirby Braband, Emily Brasseaux and her husband, Trey, Jordan Othold and his wife, Ann Marie, Justin Othold and his wife, Serena, fifteen great-grandchildren, one brother-in-law: Ben Bolech, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; Frank J.V. and Frances Rose Darilek, her loving husband: Elroy Charles Othold, Sr., and an infant daughter, Mary Othold, six brothers: E.E. Darilek, Ben Darilek, August Darilek, Leonard Darilek, Ernest Darilek, Leroy Darilek, two sisters: Della Simper, and Marian Bolech.

Pallbearers for Mrs. Othold were: Christian Powell, Seth Powell, Joshua Powell, Jordan Othold, Justin Othold, Tres Hengst, Trey Brasseaux

To join the family in celebrating Martha’s life and to offer words of encouragement, please go to: www.buffingtonfuneralhomeshiner.com


  • Frank J.V. Darilek, Father (deceased)
  • Frances Darilek, Mother (deceased)
  • Elroy Charles Othold Sr., Husband (deceased)
  • Elroy Othold Jr., Son
  • Betty Othold, Daughter-in-law
  • Reginald Othold, Son
  • Amy Othold, Daughter-in-law
  • Susan Sonntag, Daughter
  • Gilmary Powell, Daughter
  • Chris Powell, Son-in-law
  • Infant Mary Othold, Daughter (deceased)
  • Frankie Darilek, Brother
  • Agnes Darilek, Sister-in-law
  • Ben Bolech, Brother-in-law
  • E.E. Darilek, Brother (deceased)
  • Ben Darilek, Brother (deceased)
  • August Darilek, Brother (deceased)
  • Leonard Darilek, Brother (deceased)
  • Ernest Darilek, Brother (deceased)
  • Leroy Darilek, Brother (deceased)
  • Lucy Schoenfeld, Sister
  • Frances Faldyn, Sister
  • Della Simper, Sister (deceased)
  • Marian Bolech, Sister (deceased)
  • Christian Powell, Grandson
  • Mitzi Powell, Granddaughter-in-law
  • Seth Powell, Grandson
  • Brittany Powell, Granddaughter-in-law
  • Joshua Powell, Grandson
  • Jillian Powell, granddaughter-in-law
  • Katie Hengst, Granddaughter
  • Tres Hengst, grandson-in-law
  • Maggie Othold, Granddaughter
  • Kirby Braband, Significant Other
  • Emily Brasseaux, Granddaughter
  • Trey Brasseaux, Grandson-in-law
  • Jordan Othold, Grandson
  • Ann Marie Othold, Granddaughter-in-law
  • Justin Othold, Grandson
  • Serena Othold, Granddaughter-in-law
  • Martha also leaves fifteen great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews to cherish her memory.

  • Christian Powell
  • Seth Powell
  • Joshua Powell
  • Jordan Othold
  • Justin Othold
  • Tres Hengst
  • Trey Brasseaux

  • Saints Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church



  • Visitation Friday, November 8, 2019
  • Rosary Friday, November 8, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, November 9, 2019


  • Interment


Martha Emilie Othold

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Jane Baxmann

November 9, 2019

To the Othold Family,
So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.



Martha Emilie Othold saw the world as a blessing full of opportunities. She was a hard worker, dedicated to her family. Martha grew up during a time when there were many hardships and adversities, but she was resilient and happy. She experienced the Depression and World War II but remained optimistic. Her childhood was a happy one. Her parents and siblings enjoyed life in spite of the difficulties of that time. Her childhood fostered her outlook on life. Her purpose in life was to provide for her family and instill in her children the joy in working hard, being productive, achieving goals and appreciating the joy in the love of family. She was never pessimistic. Always an optimist, she passed on this trait to her children. The result was one that she was very proud of. A close knit family, children that loved and appreciated their parents and appreciated the values that their parents instilled in them. To everyone around her, she seemed to be eternally happy and never complained. She willingly shared that joy with anyone whose life she touched. For Martha, bringing out the best in any situation was as easy as offering a smile or a witty remark. Martha really mastered the art of living, appreciated even those things that others take for granted, and had great fun in doing so.

Martha was born on November 28, 1922 at home in Lavaca County, Texas near Henkhaus. Her parents were Frank J.V. and Frances Rose Darilek. Martha was raised in Moulton, Texas. Even as a child, Martha had the ability to lift the spirits of all those around her. She was raised to be warm, caring and friendly. She couldn’t help but capture everyone’s attention. She was definitely a little bit of a show off, but in doing so, she succeeded in entertaining her entire family.

Always a good playmate, Martha was easygoing and fun loving. She managed to lighten the mood wherever she was, even during family squabbles. She seemed to have a knack for bringing compromise and erasing tense situations around the house. Due to a generous dose of common sense, Martha managed to find a satisfying solution to basic problems. Martha was raised with eleven siblings. She had seven brothers, E.E., August, Ben, Leonard, Ernest, Frankie, and Leroy, four sisters, Della, Lucy, Frances, and Marian.

All of Martha's playful good humor carried over into her childhood. She was possessed with an outgoing personality, a lively imagination and a mellowed enthusiasm for life that allowed her to be constantly on the go. As a result, Martha experienced a rather active childhood, and this suited her very well. In her spare time she liked playing with her sisters and brothers.

Martha was a friendly and caring individual. She was compassionate and always willing to help however needed. This quality allowed Martha to continually develop new relationships, ever widening her circle of friends. Martha was a quiet and unassuming person who cared more about others than about herself. She took delight in helping her family and friends and enjoyed nothing more than to spend time with them. Martha utilized her interest in others as a great way to connect with them. Later in life, she became friends with Irene Coldeway, Joyce Mikes, and Barbara Thomas. Martha loved sharing life and having her home filled with family and people she cared about.

The gift of faith and love for others made Martha very easy to approach. On November 22, 1947 Martha exchanged wedding vows with Elroy Charles Othold at Saint Joseph Catholic Church of Moulton, Texas. She tried hard not to impose on her spouse. She was always sensitive to other people’s feelings, and that was especially true in marriage. She was dedicated to Elroy and to establishing a wonderful life for the two of them and for their children. Making their home comfortable and happy was her primary mission in life.

Martha and Elroy were blessed with four children. They had two sons, Elroy Jr., and Reginald and two daughters, Susan and Gilmary. They suffered the loss of their infant daughter Mary. They were also blessed with eight grandchildren, Christian, Seth, Katie, Joshua, Jordan, Maggie, Justin, and Emily. Martha had the ability to focus her attention on the present moment. If she was spending time with the kids, that’s where all of her attention was directed. Martha's compassionate side prevented her from being a strict disciplinarian. She assigned that responsibility to Elroy. Martha ensured that their home was one of happiness and joy. Although there were chores to do, she made sure that there were rewards for a job well done.

At work, as in life, Martha was a real “people person.” She had a very successful way of dealing effectively with others due to her respect for all she met. When dealing with various projects and problems, Martha was an adaptable realist, using her common sense and trusting her experiences and impulses to reach a favorable outcome. Martha's talent for being a down to earth thinker, allowed many around her to see Martha as an excellent problem solver. Her primary occupation was a handtooler/embosser of leather goods, and helping her husband on their farm. She was employed for many years at TexTan Leather Company in Yoakum, Texas. With Elroy, they raised cotton, corn and sugar cane. They sustained themselves by utilizing the land they felt blessed to own. They had a huge vegetable garden and raised hogs, chickens, and milk cows. Even into her later years she assisted with penning cattle, walking the fence lines and doing minor repairs to the fences.

Martha enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. An “arts and crafts” type, Martha liked creating and making things. Her favorite pursuits were caring for her flower garden, cooking, and sewing. She was a very good seamstress. She sewed many dresses, including prom dresses. Martha was content to enjoy her hobbies alone but was also willing to share her interests with others and to use her talents to help others.

Martha felt excited and challenged by sports. Even if she wasn’t the best, Martha loved to participate and thoroughly enjoyed the competition and the pleasure of being around other people. She appreciated the importance of teamwork and talented athletes. She greatly enjoyed watching her children participate in sports and was a very spirited spectator. Martha was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching her favorite events whenever she got the opportunity. Tops on her list were baseball and basketball. Later in life, she discovered an appreciation for fishing. She enjoyed the scenery and company of her family and friends while fishing.

Martha primarily took joy in taking care of her family, cooking, and providing a safe and comfortable home. She was always ready to help her church and community and assisted in a number of organizations. Because of her giving personality and ability to get along with everyone, Martha's service was greatly valued by the organizations to which she belonged. Throughout her later years, Martha was an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary, and Christian Mothers. A generous person, Martha often found herself involved in activities she deemed important. She was charitable, kind and giving, qualities that made her a natural volunteer. Politically, Martha was a conservative who was proud to exercise her right to vote.

Vested with a deep concern for spiritual development, Martha recognized that her faith was important to her throughout her life. She was a member of Saints Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church for 72 years. During that time, she was active in church, school festivals, and other fundraisers, chairing food committees, and providing food and baked goods as needed.

Naturally generous, Martha was regularly doing things for others. For her, the gift of giving to others was second nature. Though she never set out to gain individual recognition, Martha was given accolades for her many and varied accomplishments throughout her life. She was recognized as the most experienced mother for several years on Mother's Day by her church.

Martha was happy to live a simple life, but when given the opportunity she was happy to travel and to visit new and different places. Favorite vacations included fishing trips to Galveston Island, her trip to Las Vegas (the only time she flew in a plane), and a fishing and camping trip to Lake Sommerville. She celebrated her 90th birthday with a family trip to Coushatta.

Martha was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of Martha's favorites was Tuffy, a Beagle/Terrier mix. They were best friends for 12 years. Her family was rounded out by her cat, Samantha, and numerous other yard cats over the years.

Martha believed that you had to experience life, and her life in retirement was no different. When that day finally arrived in 1983, Martha experienced the sudden loss of Elroy destroying the plans they had to experience their retirement together. Her faith and support from her family sustained her through this difficult time. She faced her future with remarkable strength and perseverance. Her new life remained at home in Shiner, Texas caring for her family and the land that she and Elroy treasured. Martha remained busy caring for family, attending family functions including many weddings, birthday parties, and family reunions. In retirement, she found new pleasure in doting on her children and grandchildren. She loved family gatherings when she could prepare a delicious meal for everyone. Martha continued to stay in touch with her old friends and took joy in the expansion of her family as fifteen great grandchildren were born.

Martha passed away on November 5, 2019 at Citizens Medical Center in Victoria, Texas. She was 96 years old and would have celebrated her 97th birthday on Thanksgiving Day. She is survived by her children Susan, Elroy Jr and his wife Betty, Reginald and his wife Amy, and Gilmary and her husband Chris, her grandchildren Christian, Seth, Joshua, Katie, Jordan, Maggie, Justin and Emily. She is also survived by her brother Frankie, and her sisters Lucy, and Frances. She was blessed with fifteen great-grandchildren Mikah, Walker, Annalise, Aven, Cecilia, Blaze, Branson, Emma, Finnley, Lawson, William, Sofia, Shepherd, Joy, and Jackie. Services were held on Saturday November 9, 2019 at Saints Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church. Martha was laid to rest in Shiner Catholic Cemetery.

Martha brought joy to all of those around her. She never had a mean bone in her body. She loved to have a good time and was an eternal optimist, always looking on the bright side of things. She loved to share her energy, wit, and her zest for all of her activities with her friends and family. Martha Emilie Othold lived life to its fullest and made everyone around her happier just for knowing her. She will be remembered with great respect and love.