In Memory of

Lena Lois Martin

August 7, 1924 - April 24, 2024


Mother passed away on Thursday, April 24th, after a brief illness but a long struggle with coronary heart disease.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 75 years, Roy E. Martin.

She leaves behind three children: Roy D Martin (Sheree), Carol F. Grofsik (Stephen), and Rebecca L. Patterson (Don), four grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren.

She grew up in independence, MO, the daughter of Ralph Zion and Lille (Willoughby) Zion. She was the last member of her family of seven brothers and sisters.

She loved sewing and was very good at it. She could just look at a design, draw it out on paper, and make it. She loved playing cards, especially Bridge. She loved golfing, especially with her late husband.

She hated to cook but made the BEST fried chicken and delicious cherry pies. When dad retired from working, she said she was retiring too – from cooking.

Mother’s last year was living at John Knox Village Assisted Living and her family would like to recognize the staff there for taking such good care of her. She greatly appreciated you.

Mom’s passing has left a big hole in our family that can never be filled. She was greatly loved.


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We are saddened to hear of the loss of my Aunt Lois. I have fond memories of her from childhood and was especially grateful for her friendship with my mom. She always had a beautiful smile, kind words and was supportive and caring of my mom during my mom’s illness.
My sympathies to her family. Carry the memories of your mom in your hearts and remember the good times. May God bless and comfort all of you.

Dear Becky – Sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. Sounds like she was a lot of fun. Not sure if I ever met her when we lived on Opal although I’d have probably remembered cherry pie. You folks were blessed to have her around into her nineties, hold on to your memories and each other. Sincerely Bill

Aunt Lois was such a great friend and sister in law to my Mom, Betty. Aunt Lois was so sweet to me and we had a few heartfelt conversations after both my parents passed away. She sure helped me in those times when I needed a kind ear. I’ll never forget her buzzing into my Dads hospital room using her new walker to be sure she got to say goodbye before he passed back in 2019. She was the one person my Dad asked me to call once he passed on. She will be missed by so many.

Aunt Lois was a very kind person, and a good and caring friend of my mother, Betty Martin. She was a caring and supportive friend during my mother’s illness. Her son Roy D Martin provided travel arrangements for her and Dad so that they could take a trip during that time, which was very much appreciated. She was also very sweet and nice to me. My condolences to her family.

Lois was a delight to be around. She made us smile. Said she didn’t like hugs but Steve always managed to give her one. She will be missed.


Monday, April 29, 2024
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Langsford Funeral Home
115 SW 3rd St
Lee’s Summit, MO 64063


Monday, April 29, 2024
11:00 AM
Langsford Funeral Home
115 SW 3rd St
Lee’s Summit, MO 64063