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Martha Margreta Kroeger

March 1, 1920 — January 7, 2020

Martha Margreta (Anderson) Kroeger long time resident of Odessa MO., heeded God’s call home on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at Riverbend Heights in Lexington, MO. She was 99 years and 10 months of age.

Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Monday, January 13, 2020 at the Odessa Restoration Branch, 6783 MO-131, Odessa, MO, 64076, 816-633-7056. A funeral service will follow at 11:00 a.m. at the church. Interment will be in the Odessa Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Odessa Restoration Branch. Memories of Martha and condolences for her family may be left at www.LedfordFamilyFH.com or on our Facebook Page. Arrangements are entrusted to Ralph O. Jones Funeral Home, 306 S. 2nd Street, Odessa, MO, 64076, 816-633-5524.

Martha was born on March 1, 1920 in Portland, Oregon to Anton and Norma (Wise) Anderson. She lived in Portland area until age 7 when her father moved the family to Ellensburg Washington. She attended school in Ellensburg. Martha met her future husband Adolph Kroeger at church there. They were wed January 5, 1941 and moved to Seattle Washington where their son Gerry Kroeger was born. They moved to Edmonds Washington where they built their home. While living in Edmonds both daughters Lorraine and Silvia were born into the family. Martha worked at Segal Memorial nursing home in Edmonds WA in the dietary department. She enjoyed her work and getting to know the residents. Adolph and Martha moved to a farm in Ellensburg WA in 1956. Martha joined the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day saints in 1957. She was a member of the Grange Organization. She and Adolph were divorced in 1964. She enjoyed the outdoors hiking and camping in God’s creation. She later went to work for the Kittitas Valley Community Hospital in Ellensburg, Washington as a dietary aid. She worked there until retirement at age 63. After retiring she moved to Pullman WA for 4 years to be with her daughter and family. However, she longed for Zion and moved to Missouri in the fall of 1987 and became a member of the Odessa Restoration Branch, Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day saints. She loved the Lord with all her heart and used her artistic talents to share that love with others by making colorful charts and illustrations. In addition to spending time with friends and her church family who supported her to the end, Martha enjoyed drawing, reading and sewing.

Survivors include one daughter, Silvia Marie Twilligear and husband, Tom of Pullman, WA; four grandchildren, Jerry Allen Kroeger, Kaleb, Joshua, and MegAnn Twilligear; five great grandchildren, Tykie, Malichi, River, Wren and Freya Twilligear and many dear friends including Shirley Flaherty and Janice Miller.

In addition to her parents, Martha was preceded in death by one son, Gerry Gene Kroeger; and one daughter, Lorraine Norma Fletcher.


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