Marthella passed from this life to her heavenly home on August 14, 2013, in Wimberely, Texas. She was born in Roswell, NM, in 1940, to Stanley and Hazel Whitehead. She graduated from Roswell High School in 1958. In her senior year, she was chosen from a list by students and teachers as “one of the most beautiful” and ultimately by Max Factor as “Most Beautiful.” Truly, Marthella was beautiful inside and out because she loved people and especially her Lord.
One of the highlights of her life was in 1995. She was privileged to go to Israel and would say, “I walked where Jesus walked!”
Alzheimer’s took her precious mind, but not her ability to sing. Though she may not have remembered much, she remembered the words to precious hymns that she grew up with. In February, with her sisters and a niece gathered around her piano, she lifted up her voice unto the Lord. Her favorite song was “Amazing Grace.”
Marthella is survived by her children: Chelle Layman, Krista Haynes and Craig Norris, of Texas, and Michael Norris, of Warsaw, Indiana. She is also survived by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; her sisters: Geneva Morris and Lilla Brashears, of Roswell, and Lavida Traxler, of Colorado Springs, Colorado. She was predeceased by husbands Edward Norris and Marvin Flowers. Dr. Richard Cheatham conducted the services on August 16, 2013, at First Baptist Church in Wimberely, Texas.