Martha Jean Brown (Nance)

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Martha Jean Brown (Nance), 98, of Waco, passed away peacefully at home in Mart, January 8, 2022. A visitation is planned for Tuesday, January 11th at Lake Shore Funeral Home Chapel, 5201 Steinbeck Bend in Waco, starting at 6:00pm and concluding at 8:00pm. A graveside service to honor Martha’s life will be held at Waco Memorial Park on January 12th at 1:30 pm, with a dear friend of the family, Fr. Kirby officiating.
Martha was born September 2, 1923 in Waco. Martha worked for Southern Medical Life Insurance Company as a bookkeeper for over 40 years, she never truly “retired” as she was an active member in Senior Ministry at Columbus Avenue Baptist Church and volunteered with the local “Meals on Wheels” program. When she wasn’t working, Martha enjoyed bowling, crochet, macrame, pottery and china painting, and spending time with family who loved to hear her tell stories from days when she was growing up. She loved to travel and made several trips to Hawaii and Alaska. Martha was a card shark and fierce competitor who was always up for a good game of, well…any card game or dominoes. Her greatest joy was received when spending time with her great granddaughter Katie.
Martha is survived by her daughter, Bobbie Gaskamp, and sons, Joe and Clay Brown; granddaughter Jennifer and her husband Rick Branch; great granddaughter Katie, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bobby; brother and sisters; son in law Tommy; and grandson Larry “Bubba” Gaskamp.
Memorial donations may be made to your local “Meals on Wheels” location in Martha’s name. Thoughts and memories may be shared in the online Guest Book at

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  1. Bobbie and family. I am so sorry to hear about Martha. What a treasure it was to know her and your family. I know you will surely miss her. A special angel is now in heaven. Prayers for comfort for you and your family.

    Vickye Grisham White

  2. Keri (Burton) Jones

    Sweet Nana! You are loved and will be so missed. Thank you for including me when Jennifer and I were in High School, and letting me be part of your life.
    Love and prayers to Bobbie , Clay, Rick and Jennifer and Katie

  3. Bobbie I am so sorry to hear about Martha’s passing. Martha was a true treasure!!! She had a way of leaving an imprint on your heart. I know many have been blessed by her throughout her 98 years!! I know I was blessed by her. No doubt she will be missed. Prayers for you as you navigate through life without your momma on this earth.
    Cathy Williams

  4. I have good memories of spending time with Martha and the Brown family, including many meals, when I am was attending Baylor with Joe.

    My condolences to the family on her passing but I know you all share many wonderful times with her.

  5. Rhonda BEAUCHAMP Mosley

    Sorry to hear about Martha’s passing. She lived a full life.
    It’s never easy losing your mom but you have so many memories. Prayers for the family.

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