Martha Louise Motsinger



Martha Louise Motsinger, 92, passed into eternity Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, at the Villas at Sunny Acres in Denver.

Born June 18, 1923, in Kokomo, she was the daughter of Jesse and Frieda Dailey Bridgwater, both of whom preceded her in death. In 1939, she married  J.D. “Mutt” Allman of Freetown. They were married for 20 years until his untimely passing in 1959. In 1962, she married John W. Motsinger, and they lived in Seymour. They were married for 41 years until his death in 2003.

Martha was a homemaker and member of First Church of the Nazarene, now known as The Point, in Seymour. She was extremely active in her church, teaching Sunday school and serving on many youth-related committees. She had a special magic with children, as they were drawn to her immediately. Martha helped John established the church bus ministry, which grew to 13 weekly routes, bringing more than 200 children to Sunday school. During her 40-plus years with the church, she was continuously a part of the visitation committee, regularly visiting nursing homes and the hospital to pray and bring cheer to the ill and elderly. She spent many hours helping others and, through the positive, kind manner of her daily life, exemplified her faith.

In 2002, Martha received the highest national honor presented to a layperson, by her church, the Nazarene National Distinguished Service Award. This very rare and special award is given in recognition of great personal commitment and accomplishment over decades.

Martha was a great person to be around. She was always smiling and quick to laugh. She loved to sing and liked to yodel. She enjoyed playing the harmonica and country gospel music. Her home was spotless, and her garden was full of great food. Her home was a gathering place for the many friends who were always visiting.

Survivors include her stepdaughter, Elaine (Motsinger) Sholty of Indianapolis; five grandchildren, Jay Allman, LeeAnn Allman Sanchez and Kristal Allman Helgemoe, all of Denver, Jordan Miller of Fishers and John Tucker of San Jose, California; six great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Besides her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by a brother, Paul; a sister, Helen; and a son, Roger Allman.

The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Burkholder Funeral Chapel in Seymour, with Steve Barrett of The Point officiating. Burial will be at Ackert Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. until time of service Sunday at the chapel.

Memorials may be made to The Point Children’s Ministry in Seymour or National Alzheimer’s Association.

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