Martha's Story

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Martha E. (Hale) Parkhurst, 84, of Lebanon, went home to be with the Lord on Monday evening, Nov. 7, 2016. She was born in Johnetta, Ky., a daughter of Elmer L. Hale and Emily E. (Griffie) Hale, on Oct. 22, 1932. She was born one of eight children. Part of her childhood was spent in Kentucky, and the rest was spent in Indiana.
Martha met and married William E. Parkhust of Alexandria. They had five children, Linda S. Reagan, Triesha S. (Wayne) Abraham, Orval L. Parkhust, and E. Darlene (Mike) Williams, all of Lebanon, and Keith Reagan of Thorntown. Martha had 12 grandchildren, Keith Reagan Jr. of Thorntown, Craig (Julie) Reagan, Eric (Courtney) Reagan, Tonya A. (Jake) Hamilton and Trena A. (Criss) Stoggsdill, all of Lebanon, April (Adam) Landel of Indianapolis, Amanda Tincher of Noblesville, William Parkhust III and Katie (David) Hess, of Thorntown, Michael Williams and Joshua Williams, of Lebanon. She had 22 great- grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Martha was also survived by four sisters, Marjorie and Juanita Miller of Richmond, and Marzella Johnson and Norma Kouns, of Lebanon. She had several nieces and nephews.
Martha was preceded in death by three brothers, Marshall R. Hale, Robert C. Hale and Randel E. Hale; four brothers-in-law, Leonard Johnson, Jess Miller, Raymond Miller and Steven Kouns; and a grandson, Wayne G. "A.J." Abraham III.
Martha was a member of the Assembly of God Churches of Lebanon and Kirklin, where she was involved with the Women's Missionary. She was also a member of Glad Tidings Church of Brownsburg and Trinity Chapel of Thorntown.
Through her life, she worked many different jobs from managing the Dog & Suds in Lebanon to Stewart Warner, where she made mortar shells during the Vietnam War. Martha retired from Kauffman Engineering.
She loved sewing, reading, camping, gardening, knitting, crocheting, and doing crossword puzzles.
Visitation will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, at Myers Mortuary, 1502 N. Lebanon St., Lebanon. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at the mortuary. Interment will follow services at Lincoln Memory Gardens in Whitestown.
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
Online condolences may be made at www.myersmortuary.com.
Published on November 8, 2016
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