Arbutus Martin O誰eal departed this life on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009, after a long illness.

Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009, at Davis-Morris Funeral Home, 800 Center, Brownwood, Texas.

She was born to Edith Love Martin and John Calaway Martin on June 25, 1916, in West Jefferson, North Carolina.

She was married to William Dell O誰eal on April 2, 1939. They were married for nearly 60 years before the death of her beloved Bill in January, 1999.

Arbutus and Bill founded and operated Midwest Tape Library for 50 years,with the purpose of collecting and preserving an audio historyofTwelfth Step Work with Alcoholics.

Arbutus devoted more than five decades of her life to working with families affected by alcoholism. She was widely known as a speaker, researcher, writer and organizer; and traveled extensively in the U.S., Canada, Italy and Australia for this work. Programs that she instituted for State Hospitals and on Indian Reservations are still in use.

She is survived by her brother, Mike Martin of Hamersville, Ohio; three daughters, Peggy Armstrong andhusband Jerry of Odessa, Texas, Nancy Chamberlain and husband Keith of Henrietta, Texas, Teresa Whittington and husband Leslie Max of Zephyr, Texas; and daughter-in-law Margaret O誰eal of Goldthwaite, Texas. She leaves 13 grandchildren, David Taylor, Annette Haynes, Renee Picklesimer, Steve Tomlinson, Erin Lawrence, Kelly Tomlinson, Bill Tomlinson, Brandy Kreisler, Major Cody Whittington, Casey O誰eal, Bryan O誰eal, Luther Sean O誰eal; and 15 great-grandchildren; along with many nieces, nephews and friends who will miss her.

Arbutuswas preceded in death by her parents, three sisters and abrother, as well as her husband, Bill, and her only son Luther Martin O誰eal.

The family wishes to express thanks to the staff and volunteers of Texoma Christian Care and Hospice for their care and kindness.

Donations may be made to Alzheimer痴 Association or Hospice, in lieu of flowers.