Martha Marie Roy
1931 - 2011
Martha Marie Roy died April 1, 2011 at the Frontier House in Payson, after a long, challenging fight with Alzheimer’s disease. She was born May 2, 1931 in Paris, Ark. and grew up on a farm just outside of town. After attending local schools, she graduated from St. Scholastica’s Academy in May 1950. She then accepted an invitation from her brother, Tony, to move to California. Not long after, she started working nights at Queen of Angels Hospital and went to school during the day to become a beauty operator.
“At that time, I was stationed at Camp Pendleton in the Marine Corps,” writes Mrs. Roy’s husband, Richard. “One weekend, a close friend asked if I would like to spend a weekend in Los Angeles with him as he wanted to visit his cousin. As it turned out, his cousin was Martha’s sister-in-law. Martha and I saw each other until July when the Korean Conflict broke out and I left for Korea. We wrote a few times until she decided it was too soon for her to get serious so I received what we then called a “Dear John” letter.
“I came back in April of 1951 and was stationed at Parris Island, South Carolina to finish my enlistment in May of 1952. We started corresponding again until we decided to meet in Little Rock, Arkansas, when I got discharged to get engaged, which we did. After meeting her family, she went back to Los Angeles and I went back to Maine to see if I wanted to settle there or go west. It didn’t take long for me to decide.
“In September, I headed to California. On June 6, 1953 we were married. It isn’t often you marry the person you send a “Dear John” letter to and then spend the next 57 years together raising seven children. We lived in California until 1996 when I sold my business and moved to Payson, Arizona. In December 2002, Martha started having memory problems which started the long journey home.”
Mrs. Roy leaves behind her husband, Richard; children, Patrick (Marcene) Roy, Jean (Tom) Holmquist, Robert Roy, Stephen Roy, Bruce Roy, John Roy and James Roy. To balance out all the boys, Martha was blessed with her granddaughters, Nicole (Roy) Goad, Andrea Roy, Jennifer (Holmquist) Barthell, Jessica Holmquist, Meghan Roy and Lacey Roy. She also had seven great-grandchildren.
“The family wishes to thank Delaine Brooks, Linda House and Randall Brooks of the Frontier House for taking care of Martha, my wife and our mom, as if she was their own.”
A Mass for Mrs. Roy will be at 10 a.m., Monday, May 2 at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church in Payson.