Martha Jane Broadhurst, 83, passed away on October 1st 2019. Martha was born on a rural farm in Carrollton, MO on April 10th 1936 to Raymond and Mildred Summers. She was the oldest of five children (Martha, David, Darrell, Richard and Judy). She graduated from Carrollton High School in 1954. Martha, along with two school friends, boarded a train to Kansas City where they rented their first apartment at the St. Regis, which is still under operation at the Northeast corner of Linwood and Paseo.
Martha met and married the love of her life, Ronald Gene Broadhurst and settled in the Ruskin Heights neighborhood in south Kansas City, MO. They celebrated 54 years together before Ronnie passed in 2010. Martha and Ronnie had 2 girls (Rhonda and Stacey). They were blessed with 6 grandchildren (Matthew, Melissa, Tyler, Benjamin, Rachel and Riley). Martha had many life-long friendships which were developed through the Longview YMCA, Ruskin Booster Club and lead to the infamous “Crafty Bunch”. Yes they even made the paper.
Martha was a stay at home mom for most of her life. She was a very good water and snow skier. She performed pyramids, trick skiing and was the best instructor. Martha learned to snow ski at age 50. Man, did she love to ski. She went every year with friends and family. To the end she always said if she could ski one more time. Martha was an amazing seamstress. Everything had to be perfect if you ever sewed anything with her. HAHA Betty B. Blood, sweat and tears went into many of her projects. Martha was a great line dancer and would travel locally to dance at festivals.
Most important to her were her grandchildren. She formed incredibly close bonds with them right from the start. She had many names, graham crackers, grandma, and G-ma. She was so hip with her perfectly sparkling painted nails and her swosh of colored hair that usually went along with the Royals, Chiefs, Breast Cancer Awareness Month and just plain fun! She loved to tell people about her walking stick and how she would go for walks and scare the copperheads out of the way. We knew when she was happy she would start humming. She did this the day before she passed.
We Love you and thank you for a lifetime of memories that we will hold deep in our hearts forever, Mom, mama, graham crackers, grandma, G-ma, Martha, and sis.
Visitation will be at Langsford Funeral Home, 115 SW 3rd St. Lee’s Summit, MO 64063, on Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 12-2pm.