A private family service will be held at a later date for Martha Emerick (Marty), 53, who finished her long valiant battle with cancer and passed peacefully at home, with her family by her side, on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011. She will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved her.
Marty was born in Truth or Consequences on April 12, 1957, the fourth child of Nathan W. Emerick and Bettie Jean Messer. She was a bartender by trade, but most recently was employed as head cashier for Roswellâ€™s Home Depot store, where she was always energetic, kind and friendly, becoming known to and well liked by the building contractors and the do-it yourself patrons alike. She was a most caring, giving person, always ready and willing to assist someone she could see was in need, short term or long term.
She loved wholeheartedly and tried never to disappoint her family or her fellow humans. Marty loved country music, to sing, dance or just enjoy listening to it. She was an excellent cook, enjoyed gardening and any outdoor activities, as well as her Boston terrier, Beau. She is survived by her fiancÃ©, the love of her life, Robin L. Freiburg; her mother and stepfather, Bettie Jean and Gene Graves, of Truth or Consequences; her son, Kerry L. Wood; her daughters, Catrina Weather ford and Candice L. Wood, and husband, Richard Palmer, all of Oklahoma City; sisters, Janet Dickson, and husband, Dick, of Paulin, Ariz.; brothers, Alvin Emerick, of Chico Valley, Ariz., and Nathan Emerick, of Truth or Consequences; five grandchildren, Jonah W. Morgan, Summer Wood, Cheyenne Harvath, Kayla Harvath and Isaiah Juarez; and special niece, Verna Ray, of Paulin.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at ballardfuneralhome. com.