Martha Marie McQuin
October 25, 1916 – October 2, 2018
Martha Marie (Senf) McQuin, age 101, of Plattsmouth passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018 at The Masonic Home in Plattsmouth. She had resided at the home since December 2015 where she received the most excellent and loving care.
She was born Oct. 25, 1916, to William Otto and Mary Ann (Weisheit) Senf in Elmwood. She graduated at age 16 as salutatorian of Nehawka High School. Martha married Lowell Matthew McQuin on July 16, 1936, in Rock Port, Missouri. After farming until the fall of 1937, the couple worked nights for 11 months at her in-law’s café, the Nite and Day in Union.
They purchased the café in 1938 and ran it for five years until Lowell entered the Army. Martha attended Stephenson Secretarial School in Omaha before she joined Lowell in Grenada, Mississippi. The couple moved to Plattsmouth following Lowell’s discharge from the military. The couple had two daughters, Marcia Ann and Mary Elizabeth. Martha was the local distributor of the Omaha World Herald from May of 1958 through September of 1979.
Martha, representing Plattsmouth, competed in the district level of the Mrs. America contest in 1955 and 1956, winning state runner-up both times. Martha was widowed from Lowell in 1984. She married Richard Jones in October of 1994 and was again widowed in 2000.
Martha graduated from the Omaha Technical Community College in September of 1973 at the age of 57. She worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse for 26 years until she retired on December 31, 2000, at age 84. The last 13 years of her nursing career was at The Nebraska Masonic Home.
She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Plattsmouth since February of 1946, serving in various positions and on various committees. She and her family were the Methodist Family of the Year in 1964. Martha was a Camp Fire Blue Bird leader, worked with the PTA and also was a room mother.
She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star Home Chapter 189 in Plattsmouth for 71 years, since May of 1947. Martha served in many offices and on various committees during her tenure among which included: Worthy Matron in 1957; Grand Martha of the Nebraska Grand Chapter 1974-1975; District Grand Supervisor for Grand Chapter 1975-1980; and Grand Representative of Texas in Nebraska July 2001-July 2003.
Martha is survived by her six nephews, Richard Stoll and wife Dorothy of Omaha, John Stoll and Debra of Bentonville, Arkansas, Bill Senf and wife Sharon of Elk Creek, Missouri, Steve Senf and wife Patty of Plattsmouth, Willard Christenson of West Virginia, Larry Christenson of Kansas City, Missouri; her five nieces, Karlene McDowell and husband Don of Albany, Oregon, Linda Singleton and husband Wayne of Kearney, Missouri, Gloria Young and husband Mack of Weatherford, Texas, Susan Boettger and husband Tony of La Vista, Shirley Landry and husband William of Papillion; her son-in-law, Arcadio Garcia and wife Leslie of Fort Worth, Texas; many great-nephews and nieces; and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Mary Senf; both of her husbands, Lowell McQuin and Richard Jones; two brothers, Karl and Willard Senf; three sisters, Esther Christianson, Edith Dasher, and Clara Stoll Richardson; and her two daughters, Marcia Ann Garcia and Mary Elizabeth McQuin.
The funeral was Oct. 8 at First United Methodist Church in Plattsmouth with Rev. Lane Bailey officiating, Pam Osthus as vocalist, and Donna Glynn as organist. Interment was at East Union Cemetery in Union.
The Pallbearers were Richard Berg, Adam Stoll, Andrew Stoll, Jeffery Stoll, John Stoll, and Virginia Wageman.
In lieu of flowers, Martha would appreciate that memorials designated to The Nebraska Masonic Home, First United Methodist Church in Plattsmouth, or the Cass County Historical Society Museum in Plattsmouth.
Services are entrusted to Roby Funeral Home, 346 Ave. A, Plattsmouth, NE 68048. (402) 296-3123 robyfuneralhome.com