Wilma I. Martens, 87, of Adrian, Mo., passed away June 25, 2010, at Cass Regional Medical Center after a short battle of pneumonia with her family at her side. 

October 16, 1922 – June 25, 2010

Wilma I. Martens, 87, of Adrian, Mo., passed away June 25, 2010, at Cass Regional Medical Center after a short battle of pneumonia with her family at her side.  

Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 29, 2010, at the Atkinson Chapel in Adrian, Mo., officiated by Rev. Roger McKee, Archie Methodist Church, Archie, Mo. Music by Lu Hooper, soloist and Kathleen Stephens, organist.  Honorary casketbearers were Sherri Rumbo, Marsha Sartain, Amy Paul, Kathy Thomas, Michelle Winn, Jeremy Dickerson, Jason Brockert, Casey Paul, Alexandria Thomas, Gretschen Nichol, Gibson Nichol, Parker Nichol, Taylor Nichol and Natasha Winn.  Casketbearers were Chad Nichol, Russell Paul, Horace Paul, Ron Ketner, Stone Dupree and Richard Nichol. Burial was in Crescent Hill Cemetery, Adrian, Mo.

Donations may be made to Special Olympics of Olathe or a quilt and blanket making fund c/o Atkinson Funeral Home, Adrian.

Wilma was born on October 16, 1922, in Adrian, the daughter of Fay and Lena Emma (Schmidt) Rush.  She attended school at Rush (Victory) School in rural Bates County.  She graduated from Adrian High School in 1940.  She went to business college in Kansas City.  She eventually started to work at Lederle Laboratories where she met and eventually married a truck driver named Henry (Jim) Martens.

Wilma was a stay-at-home mom until 1960 when she started to drive a school bus in Blue Springs.  In 1966 she moved back to Adrian where she worked in the school cafeteria until she returned to driving a school bus.  She also sold Avon for over 25 years.  Wilma enjoyed watching her grandkids’ school and sporting events.  She was an avid basketball fan, especially her KU Jayhawks.  She had played basketball in high school. Her summer TV watching revolved around her beloved Royals.

She loved keeping her hands busy crocheting. Wilma had made afghans for all of the family.  She had also made afghans for Project Linus for 5 years. She was a member of Crescent Hill Chapter of the Eastern Star, Oats Transportation committee and the Adrian United Methodist Church.

Wilma was preceded in death by her husband, Henry, who passed away on their 40th anniversary, her parents, her daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Keith Franks, son-in-law, Larry McMullin, grandson, David Moore and brother, Ralph Rush.  

She is survived by her three daughters, Sharon McMullin of Blue Springs, Mo., Betty Nichol and her husband, Gary of Archie, Mo. and Diana Moore and her husband, Don of Barnett, Mo.; grandchildren, Sherri Rumbo and Marsha Sartain of Blue Springs, Amy (Russell) Paul of Olathe, Chad (Pam) Nichol of Lee’s Summit and Kathy (Chris) Thomas of Jefferson City; great-grandchildren, Michelle (Tim) Winn, Jeremy (Sarah) Dickerson, Jason Brockert, Horace & Casey Paul, Alexandria Thomas, Gretschen, Gibson, Taylor and Parker Nichol and great-great granddaughter, Natasha Winn.

Arrangements under the direction of Atkinson Funeral Home, Adrian, Mo.

Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.com