Friday, August 14, 2020

Martha Votaw of Arnold

    Martha Joanna Votaw , age 83, passed away Wednesday August 5, 2020 after a prolonged illness. She and her family are

extremely thankful for the love, compassion and care she received at The Cove House (Tabitha) in Lincoln, Nebraska.

   Martha was born on September 27, 1936 to William and Lois (Smith) Reeves in Wichita, Kansas and graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She was a member of the Pi Beta Phi Sorority.

   Martha met her husband William Paul Votaw (preceded in death 2012) in San Francisco and they were married in 1961. They settled in Marin County before moving to Arnold in 1995.

   Martha was a successful businesswoman, working for Viacom Communications developing customer service systems, implementing cable stores and consulting internationally.

   Additionally, Martha was an avid volunteer within her community organizations, including Our Lady of the Sierra,  The Loyal Order of the Moose, International Lions Club and Blue Lake Springs Homeowners Association.

    Martha also loved to sail and was a member of the San Francisco Yacht Club for over 50 years. She loved to entertain friends and family, travel, played a mean game of bridge and read cookbooks and novels and always made Christmas the most special time of the year.

   Martha was a positive, kind and joyful light to her caregivers and family, even under difficult circumstance.

   Martha is survived by her two children Kelly (John) Votaw Pokojski of Lincoln, Nebraska and Jeffrey (Tamara) Paul Votaw of Patterson, California. Martha was blessed with three grandchildren, William Pokojski, Kristen (Votaw)  Babauta, and Walker Votaw and one great-grandson Aiden Babauta.

   She is also survived by her sister Nancy Reeves Denner of Oklahoma City, and many beloved nieces and nephews from the families of Hugh and Jeanne Reeves (William and Todd), Greg and Margie Haran (Lydia, Leila, Michael, Bethie, Danny, Mary Margaret, Bobby, Lenore and Stevie) and Tom and Nancy Denner (John, David and Amy) families.

   She is preceded in death by her parents, brother Hugh Reeves, nephew Greg Haran and niece Emily Denner.

   A rosary will be held at Buther, Maser and Love in Lincoln, Nebraska on Monday August 9, 2020 at 4 PM before Martha travels home to Murphys, where her funeral will be held at St. Patricks Catholic Church at 12 Noon on Friday August 14, 2020.

   Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements. 

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