Martha Webb Dale

January 8, 1936 - February 29, 2008

Martha Webb Dale, age 72, of Garland, Texas, passed away February 29, 2008. She was born January 8, 1936, in Lubbock, Texas, the daughter of Charles Gordon and Minnie Lee (West) Webb. Martha was a graduate of University of North Texas where she earned her Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees and where she was a member of Delta Gamma Sorority. On August 25, 1956, she married Robert Dale in Arlington, Virginia. Mrs. Dale was an organist, choir director and composer serving at Grace Episcopal Church in Washington DC, St. Francis Episcopal Church in Dallas, Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Dallas, and St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Dallas. She was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Orthodox Church in Denison. She is survived by her husband of fifty-one years, Robert; son, Charles Dale and his wife Irene of Needham, Massachusetts; daughter, Allison St. Claire of Plano, Texas; son, Greg Dale and his wife Susie of Dallas; grandchildren, Cody and Shea Harrington, Joshua, Rebecca, Merrion and Madeleine Dale; brothers, Dr. Charles Webb and his wife Judy of Campobello, South Carolina and Robert G. Webb of Charleston, West Virginia; and numerous other loving relatives and friends. Her parents preceded her in death. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM, Monday, March 3, 2008, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in McKinney with Father David Krause officiating. Interment will follow at Ridgeview Memorial Park. Family and friends are invited to the Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home in Allen, Texas, at their convenience on Sunday, March 2, 2008, to pay their respects and to sign the register book. Following the graveside services, there will be a luncheon/reception across the street at St. Jude Catholic Church, 1515 N. Greenville Avenue, Allen, TX. Memorials may be made to the Community of the Holy Spirit, 621 West 113th Street, New York, NY 10025-7916, 212-666-8249, ext. 331 or ext. 308 or The Alia Lawson Pre-College Program: Office of Development, Converse College, 580 E. Main Street, Spartanburg, SC 29302-1931, Attn: Alia Lawson Pre College Program.

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I knew Martha and Bob for many years at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Dallas. It was always a pleasure to be with Martha - she was such a vivacious, caring person - and Bob - quietly in the background. There are still a few who remember their gifts to the Church School children, and we are forever grateful for their gift of the statue of Our Lady of Walshingham in our shrine given in memory of their parents. It is a place of prayer for many - members of the parish and non-members. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace, and may light perpetual shine upon them. Stephen Chamblee, March 10, 2008 I was the college roommate of Martha's son, Charles. Though I only met her once on a summer visit to Texas, she was always thoughtful and kind when I did speak with her. When my daughter had a serious illness some years ago, Martha was always asking after her, and offering her prayers and warm thoughts. Her concern, even over the long distance from Garland to Boston, gave our family great comfort during a difficult time. I can only hope that our prayers and warm thoughts, now at this time, can offer similar comfort to Martha's family. Patrick O'Donnell, March 5, 2008 I have many fond memories of Martha as a coworker at Baylor Histology Laboratory. My thougts and prayers are with the family during this sad time. Sue Bennett, March 4, 2008 I met Bob & Martha when I was 16 and knew immediately how special and charismatic they both are. I was drawn to Martha in a very spiritual way and fell in love with both of them. I asked them to be my God parents (because I never knew mine)and felt they were perfect candidates! Years later our family was blessed again when Martha said yes to being my youngest daughter's God Mother. Over the years, months could go by with out us talking but when we did, it was like only yesterday. Martha, I know exactly where you are right now in heaven and that's with all the angels and saints directing your new choir and watching over all of us. Rachel Cromwell-Reetz, March 1, 2008 I remember that I made grandma a braclet out of beads. Every single time I came to visit her, she was wearing the braclet. She never took it off! She may have died wearing it. That makes me feel very special. Madeleine Mary Claire Dale, March 1, 2008 One of my very favorite memories of my grandmother happened at Christmas. She came over to our house, and we helped her bake cookies. They were so delicious, that she came back on Valentine's day, and St. Patrick's day! It became a tradition, every year she would come over and bake cookies. We had such a good time those years, that is one thing I will miss the most. Merrion Dale, March 1, 2008 I am thinking of the beautiful music Martha made throughout her life. But as well, a little memory keeps coming back. We loved to play Trivial Pursuit back in the 80's and would frequently play with Bob and Martha. Greg, my husband, would often have the answer right on the head. His mother would then say in a kind of sing song voice , "OK...spell it" and thus trumped for her team every time! Martha, now you see Him face to face and are made well at last. May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest. Susie Dale, March 1, 2008 I will always remember the smile and good morning you gave me each time I passed you in the hall or you came to my office. It has been my honor to know you and be able to help you any way I could. You were a very talented lady and your love and devotion to Bob inspired me. I know Trey will miss you too! Rest in Peace, Mrs.Dale for now you are in Heaven. Sandy, Settlers Ridge Care Center, Celina Sandy Ramirez, March 1, 2008 My heartfelt condolences to Charles and the family. Cyndi Waldrop, March 1, 2008 I learned of Marth's passing at the Delta Gamma Founder's Day brunch today (March 1). I was a Delta Gamma at North Texas with Martha and have been with her on numerous occasions in the Dallas area at various DG functions. She was truly a wonderful, caring person, and she will be missed by her sisters. The family is in my prayers. Prayerfully, Lavonne Lewis Stewart Lavonne Lewis Stewart, March 1, 2008 It is with deep sympathy that we have to say good-by to Martha. She was a kind person and talented artist. We regret that distance has prevented a closer relationship. We know that the children and grandchildren will miss their mother and grandmother. We hope that she will have lasting peace. Rose and Harold Goldberg, February 29, 2008