CHARLESTON, IL – Martha Mae Stanfield, age 92, was reunited with her husband of 68 years in their Heavenly Home on Sunday, May 24, 2020. A private graveside service will be held Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at Roselawn Cemetery with Pastor Gary Stephen officiating. A celebration of her life will be held at a later time when her loved ones and many friends will be allowed to gather. In lieu of flowers, donations in her honor may be made to the Coles County Farm Bureau Foundation and mailed in care of Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, Illinois 61920.
Martha was born March 31, 1928 in Coles County, Illinois, a daughter of the late John A. and Nelta (Horn) Strong. She married the love of her life, Carlos D. Stanfield on December 12, 1947 in Charleston. Since February 28, 2015 he has been in Heaven waiting for her to join him. She is survived by her loving and devoted family; two sons, Michael D. Stanfield and Timothy L. Stanfield and partner Steven Bott; a daughter, Susan Henderson and her fiancé John Goekner; six grandchildren, Mike (Kim) Stanfield, Tony (Elisa) Stanfield, Tara (Josh) Smith, Tyler Stanfield, Travis (Ashlee) Stanfield and Karra (Quinton) Ford; 14 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and loving husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Stanfield and her nine siblings.
Martha was a life-long member of the Loxa Presbyterian Church. As a woman of faith she was always very active and involved with the church and its ministry to others. Martha also took an active role in the Coles County Farm Bureau spending countless hours volunteering. Martha was devoted to her role as a homemaker, but also enjoyed working part time for a candy shop and local florists. It was obvious that family was her priority! Martha doted on making her house a home for those she dearly loved. She delighted in hosting parties and family dinners, and holiday celebrations with Christmas being her most favorite. Many vacations and camping trips are etched in the memories of family members who joined them, and she and Carlos also enjoyed many group travels with friends. According to Martha, her life’s profession was being a loving wife; a mother; a grandmother; a great-grandmother; and a wonderful friend to the many people who were blessed to know her. She achieved great success in her chosen profession as all that she did was done in a spirit of love and commitment and she will truly be missed by a large family and many friends.
Martha is in Heaven with Carlos at her side, waiting for all to come and stay with them. She would say “God bless every one of you with love”.
The Graveside Service celebrating the life of Martha Stanfield was held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at Roselawn Cemetery with Pastor Gary Stephen officiating. Musical selections included "Should You Go First/Beyond the Sunset", "How Great Thou Art", "Amazing Grace", "You'll Never Walk Alone", "Precious Memories", "Rock of Ages", "Precious Lord, Take My Hand" and "The Lord's Prayer". Those honored to serve as pallbearers were: Tony Stanfield, Mike Stanfield, Travis Stanfield, Rick Strong, Tom Strong and Roy Laws; and Honorary Pallbearers were: Josh Smith, Tyler Stanfield, Lowell Gillespie, Gary Stanfield, Steve Stanfield, Jack Strong, Roy Strong and Gerald Strong.
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