BURLEY – Alice Marie Martin, 86, of Burley, passed away peacefully at Warren House on April 23, 2011. This had been her home for the past two and one-half years as her health slowly declined.
Alice was born on Aug. 2, 1924, in Buhl, Idaho, to Porter Moffitt and Kate Marie (Webb) Molesworth. She was the only daughter in a family with five sons. Living and growing up on a farm with five rambunctious brothers (two older and three younger), Alice could hold her own. After graduation from Buhl High School, she attended Albion Normal College in Albion, where she obtained a two-year degree in elementary education. She then taught fourth grade in Jerome for several years. A friend there encouraged her to write to her Marine brother in combat in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. That friend was to become her sister-in-law, as she later married that Marine.
William Jay Martin, of Oakley, Idaho, and Alice Marie Molesworth were married on May 16, 1948. They moved to Burley, where she has since resided. Upon the disabling heart attack of her husband in 1973, Alice transitioned from being a housewife and mother, to also being a college student.
She obtained her bachelor’s degree from Idaho State University in elementary education with the help
of a regional scholarship from the Soroptimist Club. She then taught fourth grade for the Minidoka
County School District until her retirement.
Being a member of the Burley United Methodist church, Alice was always faithful in her church attendance. She taught Sunday school while her children were growing up. In her later years, Alice enjoyed sharing rides to and from church with her friends. She was a member of the Idaho Retired
Educators Association and enjoyed the fellowship and the variety of the programs there. She loved to do
word find puzzles, read books, and magazines – especially Readers’ Digest. She thoroughly loved spending quality time with her family, friends and neighbors. She spent a great deal of time talking on the phone, always concerned how everyone was doing.
Alice Martin is survived by her two daughters, Rebecca (Charles) Gummerson of Burley, and Julie Dunlap of Springfield, Oregon; two brothers, Donald (Jeanie) Molesworth of Twin Falls, and Dale Molesworth of Tucson, Arizona; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Alice was preceded in death by her husband, William Jay Martin; her son, Timothy Jay Martin; her parents; and three brothers, Harold Molesworth, Howard Molesworth, and Robert Molesworth.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 28, at the Burley United Methodist Church, presided over by Reverend Karen Puckett. Visitation will be held at the church at 450 E. 27TH St., Burley, from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Interment will follow at Pleasant View Cemetery.
The arrangements are under the care of the Rasmussen Funeral Home of Burley, and please direct all condolences there.
The family would like to especially extend a heartfelt “Thank You” to the wonderful and truly caring staff of Warren House and Intermountain Home Care, both of which treated her like she was part of their own families.