Martha Nell Early Zucht McBride, 85, of Fort Scott, Kansas, died Monday morning, Dec. 21, 2009 at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan.
She was born Jan. 16, 1924, in Sledge, Miss., the daughter of 'N.D.' and Ada Benson (Hughes) Early.
She married Earle S. Zucht, Sr. on Feb. 1, 1947 in Denton, Texas. He preceded her in death May 16, 1974.
She married Richard Allen McBride Aug. 2, 1978, in Austin, Texas. He preceded her in death July 16, 1990.
She graduated from Brinkley High School in Brinkley, Ark., in 1941.
She graduated from Texas Women's University in Denton, Texas, and did her graduate work at Northwestern University, Speech and English Majors.
She was a secondary school teacher in Austin until her retirement in 1975.
She moved to Fort Scott in 1996, and resided at the Presbyterian Village.
She was a member of the first Presbyterian Church in Fort Scott and FU Chapter PEO, and a member of the University Christian Church in Austin, Texas for thirty years.
Martha lived life dedicated to her faith and family. Life's enjoyment included Gin games with grand children and Bridge with dear friends.
Survivors include a daughter, Martha Lee Lorimer, of Fort Scott; a son, Earle S. Zucht and his wife Maria, of Corona Del Mar, Calif.; and five grandchildren: Matt Lorimer, of Los Angeles, Calif.; Father Dan Lorimer, of Lyons, Kan.; Mia Zucht, of Newport Beach, Calif.; Drew Lorimer, of Nashville, Tenn.; and Anne Lorimer, of Auburn, New York.
In addition to her husbands, she was preceded in death by her parents, and one brother, George Hughes Early.
A visitation will be held 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. Thursday morning, Dec. 24, 2009 at the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home.
Graveside services will be conducted 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, 2010, at the Austin Memorial Park Cemetery in Austin, Texas, with her nephew, Robert Early and her grandson, Father Dan Lorimer, officiating.
Memorials may be made to the Good Samaritan Fund at the Fort Scott Presbyterian Village and be sent to or left in the care of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 W. Wall Street, P.O. Box 309, Fort Scott, Kan., 66701.