1929 - 2018 (88 years)
||Martha Erline Klint |
||Nov 29, 1929
||Waco, McLennan county, Texas, USA
||Jan 15, 2018
||Austin, Travis county, Texas, USA
MARTHA KLINT HEARD, age 88 of Austin, Texas. 'went to be with our Heavenly Father on Monday, January 15th, 2018, after a sudden stroke three weeks earlier. As the beloved family matriarch, all family members and many friends enjoyed hugs, kisses, birthday and Christmas cards. loving phone calls, and joyous celebratory meals for years. Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday. January 23, 2018 at 3 p.m. At St. John's United Methodist Church, 2140 Allandale Road, Austin, Texas 78756, with Rev. Paul Escamilla and Rev. Ralph Underwood officiating, followed by a reception at the church.
Martha was born on November 29, 1929, in Waco, Texas to Carl and Mattie Klint. Upon graduation from Waco High School in mid-term 1947, she went on to attend business school there. Her 1945 high school football team won the Texas State football championship and she went to the Dallas Cotton Bowl to watch the final game. She played basketball and volleyball being one of the taller girls in her class. She married Jeff D. Heard in Crawford. Texas on March 5, 1947. She actually told her parents that they were married before they were and they drove over to Crawford Methodist Church and were married. In April 1948, Jeff, Martha and their baby girl Lois, moved to McLean, Texas, 75 miles east of Amarillo on Route 66, where Jeff and his patrol partner became the first Texas highway patrolmen in the area (It was like the wild west with bootleggers, bank robbers, and little understanding that the law was the law.) Martha thought McLean was the most God forsaken place in the world enduring the 5 years they lived there, washing diapers in the bathtub, learning to cook, getting her driver's license, joining the Methodist Church, and having a baby boy, Jeff Jr., in 1950 at a one-doctor Groom, Texas clinic. In 1953, when Jeff Jr was 2 years old and Lois 5, they were lucky enough to be transferred to Austin. Within a week, Martha was looking for work. Fortunately, she obtained a job with the "Welfare Department" which later became the Department of Human Services. During her 34 years of State of Texas service, she also worked for a state legislator during four regular sessions and three special sessions, 1965 through 1971, in the Texas House of Representatives. While working in the legislature, she was on the floor one day and overheard the Chairman of the Appropriations Committee tell another representative that one of the problems with the DPS was that no one there had education. When Martha got back to her office she called Colonel Wilson Speir and told him what she had overheard. Within a year, Colonel Speir had arranged with Sam Houston University for professors to come to Austin and hold courses toward a Bachelor of Science degree in Law Enforcement. As a result, along with the three years Jeff had from Baylor University in the 1940's, he received his degree from Sam Houston State University in 1972, which enabled him to teach in the DPS Academy during the last 15 years of his law enforcement career. Eventually, Human Services established a career ladder and Martha was promoted up the ranks. She retired in 1987 as a Administrative Assistant. She and Jeff had wonderful retirement years together traveling the United States and the world. They celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary in Fiji and their 58th just prior to Jeff's death in April 2005. Her greatest joy in life was her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Always and until this lasts Christmas, Martha would light up with joy to see all of her family and never would miss an opportunity for time with them. Martha (and Jeff) were members ofS1. John's United Methodist Church since 1953. Sunday school and church were a weekly event that was never missed. After retirement, she became a member of the United Methodist Women where she was Treasurer for four years and also was President of the Fellowship Sunday School Class which she enjoyed immensely, and always made friendly phone calls to absent members to check on them and express goodwill to encourage them to return. She was active in the Texas Retired Public Employees Association, Chapter 149, and for a time was the "Sunshine Lady". She was Secretary of the Evergreen Cemetery Association during the eight years Jeff was President and is credited for her work in obtaining the cemetery's designation as a Texas Historical Cemetery through the State of Texas Historical Commission. She was an unselfish servant leader in any activity she participated.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Lois and Michael Pendley of Cedar Park, son and daughter-in-law, Jeff Jr. and Linda Heard of Austin. grandchildren and spouses, Michael Dorian and Rachea Pendley of Cedar Park, Patrick O'Brien and Brandy Pendley of Waco, Jacqueline Christina and Justin Hinton of Santa Monica, California, and Angela Kathleen Heard of Austin, great grand children, Maxton, Maverick, Matthew and Samuel Pendley and brother, Ralph Klint of Tyler.
Martha's ashes will be interred in Evergreen Cemetery on Oliver Farms, Windsor Road, Speegleville, McLennan County, Texas in a private ceremony at a later date. Evergreen Cemetery is the resting place of many Oliver/Heard family members and other local families after the area was settled in 1850 by William Oliver, Jeff's Great-grandfather.
||Jul 2, 2018 |
||Carl Edwin Klint, b. Jun 15, 1897, Waco, McLennan county, Texas, USA , d. Oct 23, 1961, Waco, McLennan county, Texas, USA (Age 64 years) |
||Mattie Earline Cloud, b. Feb 11, 1899, Texas, USA , d. May 11, 1950, Texas, USA (Age 51 years) |