Martha Nell Spore, 62, of Throckmorton County, Texas, passed away on Friday, Sept. 25, 2009, on her familyís ranch near Fort Griffin. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept., 28, 2009, at the Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Ericksdahl Community near Avoca, Texas, with Pastors Teresa Bonds and Trey Little officiating. Burial will follow in the Bethel Lutheran Cemetery under the direction of Tankersley Funeral Home of Stamford.
Martha Nell Sharp was born Feb. 21, 1947, in Stamford, Texas, to Comer Woodward Sharp and Mildred Johanna Seth Sharp. At the age of 10, she and her family moved to Lubbock, where she attended local schools and graduated from Monterey High School with the Class of 1965. She attended one year of college at West Texas State University.
Martha Nell met and was married to Richard Lawrence Spore in 1969. After he completed graduate school at Texas Tech University in 1971, they moved to Lake Jackson, Texas. From then until 1980, Martha was actively involved in PeeWee and Minor League baseball; the Lake Jackson Jayceettes, and her church, Christ Lutheran. In 1980, she and her family moved to the island of Krk, Yugoslavia, and followed that by another moved to Zagreb, Yugoslavia. Upon completion of her husbandís work in 1985, they transitioned to a two-year assignment in the Southern Ohio river valley, and she set up a home in Wheelersburg, Ohio. In 1987, they returned to Lake Jackson and worked there until 1996. In that year, she and her husband took a final assignment to Bahia Blanca, Argentina. At that location, based on her many successful years of expatriate living, she founded the Bahia Blanca Expat Wives Club, and under its auspices was able to help many lesser experienced women become capable of running a home in a distant land.
In late 1998, she and her husband retired, and established a small cattle ranch that they named Riverview. In 2000, with the help of friends and family, they completed a rebuilding of the original Wilhelm/Kunkle homestead, and set up their final home there.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her oldest son, Steven Scott Spore. She is survived by her husband, Larry of the home; one son, Chris Spore and wife Sheryl of Breckenridge; one sister, Prissy Harvick and husband George of Albany; one brother-in-law, Tom Spore and wife Donna of Lufkin; and many nieces, nephews; and a host of friends.