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Celebration of Life

First United Methodist Church Valley Center
Friday June 3rd, 2022

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Martha Rosalene Fransham

Martha was born on October 3, 1920, in Gypsum, KS, and passed away peacefully in beautiful, sunny Mesa, AZ at the age of 101 ½ on April 14, 2022.  Martha married Glenn Henry Fransham on October 3, 1942, at the family farm in Gypsum, KS.  Martha was a homemaker, co-builder alongside her husband Glenn, with the construction of their home in North Wichita (having never obtained a loan of any type), gardener (fondly remembered for her delicious raspberry jelly), seamstress, etc. When she went to work outside of the home she worked for J.M.McDonalds, J.C.Penney's, various housekeeping jobs and Valley Center Elementary School kitchen staff, until the age of 90.  She was an active member of the Valley Center First United Methodist Church for over 65 years. Martha and Glenn were married for 48 years, and she lived in the home that they built together for 67 years.

Martha was preceded in death by her Parents Charles & Martha (Mortimer) Spellman, Brothers Rolla, Don & Paul Spellman, Sister Alta Schwarz, Husband Glenn Fransham, Daughter Janet Emler, Grand-daughter Nanette Emler, Son-in-laws Jim Emler and Charles Kannady.

Martha is survived by her Daughters Linda Kannady of Marion, KS/Mesa, AZ, Mellodie Stratman (Monte) of Marana, AZ and Jolene Roach (Jeff) of Edmond, OK.  Grandchildren Janelle Wilson, Dirk Kannady (Tonya), Eric Kannady (Lindsey), Dax Kannady (Emily), Marc Stratman (Oana), Matt Stratman, Melissa Vandiver (Matthew), Jennifer McCoy and Jason Roach (Kim).  Great-Grandchildren Christina Wilson, Susie Tenbrink (Nick), J.T. Wilson, Rylie Kannady, Avery Kannady, Gage Kannady, Caleb Vandiver, Jonah Vandiver, Joshua McCoy, Isaiah McCoy, Lucas Roach and Liliana Roach. Great-Great-Grandchild Rylynn DeMers Tenbrink.  As well as a host of treasured nieces, nephews, other relatives, dear friends, neighbors, and acquaintances.

Martha's Celebration of Life will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, June 3, 2022, at the First United Methodist Church, 560 N. Park, Valley Center, KS  67147.  The Inurnment will be held privately.  Live streaming will be available, please contact the church closer to service date for details.  Memorial contributions may be directed to Valley Center First United Methodist Church, Harry Hynes Hospice or Traditions Health Hospice. Yazel – Megli Funeral Home of Marion, KS is serving the family. Please sign Martha’s online guestbook and leave a memory at yazelmeglifh.com.

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My mother and I worked with Martha at the Valley Center kitchen. She was one spectacular lady. She was always a busy bee and go getter. We had the upmost respect for her and always found her energy inspiring. God bless and peace to the family and friends.

Debra Sizemore and Jessica Liphart Jun 1 2022 8:02 PM

Jolene, Linda, Mellodie & families,
Your mother was precious to me. She had the sweetest spirit & radiated a kindness & love to all who met her. I admired her zest for life...always moving forward despite life's challenges...living each day to its fullest. She was truly beautiful, inside & out! I consider myself blessed to have known her & will miss her very much. I know, without a doubt, she is watching over you all & your families and cheering you on. Jolene, I see so much of her spirit in you. Love you dear friend. God's peace & comfort to you all.

Johnita McCorkle Jun 1 2022 5:11 PM

Oh Mellodie & Monty.
Your Sweet Mother was held in such high esteem in our home. She was such a beautiful and loving person, both physically and now within Gods arms.
I so loved this about you, your family and your Moms very being.
She exuded this Graciously and with a common gift of love and genuine concern for all.
I, for one, only having the opportunity of meeting and talking with her in as many as 3 times, came away cherishing those few moments knowing full well I met someone who was beautiful in Gods Grace.
I thank you for sharing her, with me.💜

Brenda Barbel May 30 2022 11:18 PM