Lily M. Martin, 91, passed away on Sept. 29, 2020, in Abilene, Kansas.

She was born Sept. 24, 1929, in Galena, Kansas, the daughter of G.M. and Rose Sigler Armstrong. She attended the Galena Schools and graduated in 1947, valedictorian of her class. On November 23, 1947, she was married to Paul J. Martin in Galena, Kansas, and they were the parents of a son, Stan, and daughter, Paula.

She had been a resident of Abilene since 1948 when she and her husband moved to Abilene where he was employed by the Rasher Funeral Home.

In 1958, they purchased the funeral home, and she then became an assistant funeral director for the Martin Funeral Home until retiring in 1988.

Always impeccably dressed, it made perfect sense when she opened a women’s clothing store, The Fashionmaker, in 1969, which she operated until her retirement in 1988.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Abilene, Past President of Chapter GY, P.E.O., and Past Matron of Abilene Chapter #111 O.E.S.

She was preceded in death by her son Stan in 1999, her parents and sisters Rev. Janet Sevier Gilbreath in 1988 and Marjorie DeSpain in 2005.

She is survived by her husband, her daughter Paula Martin and her husband, Kurt Falkenstien, of Lawrence, her daughter-in-law Victoria Martin of Longmont, Colorado, four grandchildren Jack Martin (Sarah) of Seattle, Washington, Ty Martin (Jill) of Longmont, Colorado, Jessica Lindfors (Jordan) of Browns Summit, North Carolina and Kate Martin Falkenstien (Rich Boltizar) of Boise, Idaho, as well as four great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Funeral services will be on Friday, Oct. 2 with Pastor Jack Gilstrap officiating. Private burial will be in the Abilene Cemetery.

Friends may sign the book at the funeral home prior to the service. The service will be streamed live at 10:30 a.m. over Zoom at which can be viewed using a computer or smartphone. If you need help installing Zoom or accessing the live stream, you may call Rich Boltizar at 208-546-9052.

Memorials to the First Baptist Church of Abilene or the Shriners’ Crippled Children’s Hospital may be sent to the Martin-Becker-Carlson Funeral Home, 414 N.W. Third Street, Abilene, Kansas 67410.

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