Ethel Lucinda Martin, 75, of Excelsior Springs, passed away on Friday, Dec. 11, 2020, at her residence.
She was born on Friday, Nov. 9, 1945, in Turley, Oklahoma, the daughter of James and Zelma (née Laughlin) Merchant. They preceded her in death.
Survivors include: Russell Ray Martin, husband, of Excelsior Springs; William Sherman, son, of Lathrop; Sandra Scalf, daughter, of Kearney; and Jill (Mike) Cox, stepdaughter, of Kansas City.
Other survivors include: Russell Martin, stepson, of Osage Beach; Nicolle Sherman, granddaughter, of Richmond; Anna (Stefan) Magnusson, granddaughter, of Kansas City; Austin Cox, grandson, of Kansas City; Morgan Cox, granddaughter, of Kansas City; Izzabelle Hash, great-granddaughter, of Richmond; Fisher Hash, great-grandson, of Richmond.
In addition to her parents, Ethel was preceded in death by William Merchant, a brother, on Dec. 7, 2020; and Jesse Merchant, also a brother.
Ethel loved to read, especially Agatha Christie novels and mysteries. She enjoyed exploring her family roots through genealogy research. She and her friend would travel around the country to research their lineage.
During the mid-1990s, Ethel was the mayor of Crystal Lakes, a small Ray County community.
Ethel was proud of her associate’s degree in electronic engineering. She loved flower gardens and kept one at her house, a love she got from her mother.
In addition, Ethel was a big fan of country music. She also loved her family, including her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.