July 1, 1931
January 2, 2023
On Monday January 2, 2023, Theon Eloyce “Toni” Spaun Martin, faithful wife and wonderful mother, moved to heaven at the age of 91.
Toni was born in Atchison, Kansas July 1, 1931 to Sydney Clyde Collins Spaun and William Becker Spaun. She grew up in Atchison. Toni received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Mount St. Scholastica College in Atchison, Kansas. She was an accountant/bookkeeper until she retired.
Toni met Ralph Harres Martin at a Kansas University football game and got married July 14, 1950. They were married 72 years. Ralph and Toni have two children, John R. Martin and R. David Martin. They raised their sons in Minnesota and moved to Brenham, Texas in 1987 to retire.
Toni loved to play golf and spend time with her family, especially her grandchildren. Toni also enjoyed playing piano when her husband Ralph ministered. They also enjoyed watching KU games together.
Ralph and Toni were founding members of Abiding Word Lutheran Church in Brenham. She was also a member of the DAR, Brenham University Women, Bellville Golf Course and the Gideons Auxiliary. Toni was honored to be a member of the Society of Mayflower Descendants, and was direct descendant of Elder William Brewster who wrote the Mayflower Compact in 1620.
Toni is survived by her husband Ralph Harres Martin; her son John R. Martin and his wife Vicki Strachota; her son R. David Martin and his wife Bethany Breed Martin; granddaughter Madison N. Martin and grandson Benjamin D. Martin; her brother William Becker Spaun (and his wife Linda), brother Robert Spaun and sister Sarah Fletcher of Hannibal, Missouri, sister Mary Lou Montgomery, of Tulsa Oklahoma and sister Shirley Schindler of Halifax, Massachusetts and many beloved family members.
Visitation with her family will be Thursday, January 5th from 6 pm until 8 pm at Brenham Memorial Chapel.
A funeral service will be held Friday, January 6th at 10 am at Brenham Memorial Chapel. She will be buried in Prairie Lea Cemetery in Brenham.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in her memory to the Gideons International or Heart of Texas House of Prayer P.O. Box 2195, Leander, Texas 78646.
Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, TX 77833. 979.836.3611 Memories may be shared at www.BrenhamMemorialChapel.com.