Martha (Sheeler) Brayton died on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, in the comfort of her daughter’s home surrounded by her loving family. Per her request, she will be cremated, and no services will be held. Memorials to Skiff Hospice may be left at the Wallace Family Funeral Home and Crematory.
Born in December 1931 to Howard and Lilly (VanBaale) Sheeler, she graduated from Monroe High School. Martha was an employee of Maytag, retiring after 39 years of service, and was a well-known realtor in Newton for 31 years. She was a member of the Jasper County Public Health Advisory Board, Junior Achievement, Kiwanis, Newton Board of Realtors and ABWA. Martha was married to Harold Brayton on Aug. 5, 1950, and during their 53 years of marriage had two daughters who survive her, Rebecca (Sid) Gimre and Jana (Hank) Turney. She is also survived by two grandchildren, Amy Faust and Adam (Harmony) Turney and four great-grandchildren, David and Hannah Faust and Alex and Miles Turney.
Martha is also survived by two brothers, Bob (Nona) Sheeler and Ivan (MaryLou) Sheeler; two sisters, Mary Kingdon and JoAnn Sheeler; one brother-in-law, Don (Myrna) Brayton; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold; parents, Howard and Lilly Sheeler; sisters, Gladys DeJoode and Kathleen Jackson; in-laws, Patricia Skiles, Robert Brayton and Wilbur and Marie Brayton; and a niece, Nancy Albright.