Jacksonville Daily Progress
Martha Ann Beall Christian, dear mother, wife, grandmother and friend went home to heaven on January 26, 2013.
Martha, lovingly known as “Mimi” by her beloved 10 grandchildren, was born on October 28, 1931, in Jacksonville, to Madeline Gillespie Beall and Thomas Butts Beall. Martha graduated from Jacksonville High School in 1949 and then attended Lon Morris College for one year. She then went to the University of Texas at Austin where she was a proud member of Delta Delta Delta and served as Chaplain. She graduated from The University in 1953, and her love for the Texas Longhorns remained a close third, to her love of family and God.
After teaching a few years in Port Arthur and Corpus Christi, Martha moved to Dallas where she taught English at Hillcrest High School. During that time she met her husband, Bob Christian, and they married in July 1958. Over the next decade, Martha and Bob celebrated the birth of three daughters, Mary, Anne, and Emily. Martha became a member of First United Methodist Church (FUMC) in 1955 and served FUMC in numerous capacities. She made lifelong friends in the FUMC Double Aires Sunday School Class who were like family to her. Martha exemplified grace and showed nothing but kindness and loyalty to all.
Martha had a servant’s heart, particularly for those in need, and volunteered at several organizations including Crossroads Community Services and Wesley-Rankin Community Center. At Crossroads she met Mary Owens who would become her close friend/sister as well as caretaker at the end of her life. Martha was preceded in death by her husband, Bob, her parents, one brother, Alex Beall of Tyler, and her beloved sister, Mary Ellen Beall. She is survived by three daughters, three sons-in-law: Mary and Joe Taylor of Dallas, Anne and Tommy Broyles of Austin, Emily and Chris Lewis of Ft. Worth. She is also survived by ten grandchildren: Caroline, Ellen, and Maggie Taylor; Madeline, Christian, Mia and Colin Broyles; Mary Ellen, Annie and Harrison Lewis. She is also survived by her brother and sister-in-law, John and Kathy Beall of Dallas, brother-in-law, Andy Willingham of Rotan, and five nieces and four nephews.
A graveside service will be held at Resthaven Cemetery in Jacksonville, Texas on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 1:00 pm under the direction of Autry Funeral Home in Jacksonville. A celebration and thanksgiving for her life will be held at First United Methodist Church, Dallas on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 11:00 am.
Memorials may be made to Crossroads Community Services, Dallas or First United Methodist Church, Dallas.