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Martha G. Thorpe
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Martha G. Thorpe

Martha G. Thorpe passed away peacefully Tuesday July 18, 2017 under the care of Three Rivers Hospice Care at Laverna Village nursing facility in St. Joseph Missouri. Martha Glenn Minor was born December 28, 1913 in Fayette Missouri. Her parents were Ethel Brown Rozell and Granger L. Minor. She was 103 years old at the time of her peaceful death.
Martha lived a full and robust life. Growing up on her father’s farm she became connected to nature and all that it offered. She was blessed to have twin sisters Merle and Melba born three years after her birth providing many great entertaining stories of their childhood adventures on the farm. Martha’s maternal mother passed away shortly after her twin sister’s birth but was fortunate to have a wonderful grandmother and step mother to help in raising the three sisters. Martha graduated from Fayette High School and attended Central Methodist University majoring in art.
Martha was selected Miss Fayette in 1933 and competed in the Miss Missouri pageant finishing as a runner up. She was working as a college Dean of Art assistant during this time. During this time she met and dated on and off the love of her life Donald B. Thorpe. They decided to get married in Booneville Missouri prior to WWII on February 28, 1940.
During the war years as Don was deployed in the African and European US Army campaigns Martha lived and worked in St. Louis Missouri. She served her country during the war effort as a “Rosie Riveter” helping build Douglas C-47 aircraft. When her art and mechanical drafting skills were observed she was transferred to Anheiser-Busch as a mechanical draftsman designing and building US Navy Fleet Class submarines.
After the war she and Don moved to Kansas City and then on to St. Joseph in 1952. Martha was extremely active at her beloved Ashland Avenue Methodist Church being one of the cornerstone members. She was active in the Cub and Boy Scout organizations and any church special event that she may be called upon. She was an outstanding cook and enjoyed making meals for church and family events. Martha and Don were extremely involved in rock, fossil, and mineral collecting. They would spend their summer vacations “out West” hunting and collecting rock specimens with close friends that they met through the years. They were active in both the Missouri Valley Gem and Mineral Society and Topeka Kansas rock clubs. Martha was able to continue her art painting projects additionally becoming an accomplished artist. She also was involved in making quilts and enjoyed sharing them with friends and family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald B. Thorpe and recently, son Robert "Bob" Thorpe.
Survivors are and include: son, Jim Thorpe (Vicki); granddaughters, Carrie Gamino (Brad) and Kelly Park; grandson, Dusty Thorpe (Tara); great-grandchildren, Bobae and Jin Park; daughter-in-law, Sharon M. Thorpe (Bob); granddaughter, Kim Kruse (Tom); grandson, Kyle R. Thorpe (Zach Ozbun); great-grandchildren Cole and Cassie Kruse.
Farewell Services 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will gather with friends 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Tuesday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory.

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5005 Frederick Ave
St. Joseph , Missouri 64506


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