Published in the Iola Register on Jul. 8, 2013.


Martha (Marti) P. Brummett, longtime resident of Leawood, Kan., died on June 30, 2013, in St. Louis, Mo. She was 79 and spent the last months of her life fighting a battle with cancer.
Marti was born on July 23, 1933, in Concordia, Kan., and is the youngest child of Frank Ashley and Julia Eunice Peterson. Marti graduated from Concordia High School in 1951, and married Dick, her high School sweetheart, in 1954. She graduated from Ottawa University with degrees in music and elementary education in 1955. Marti had a beautiful voice and enjoyed singing throughout her life, and she was the featured vocalist at both her high school and her college commencements. She also sang in church choirs for many years.
Marti taught elementary school for several years after she and Dick were married while he was in the U.S. Navy and attending the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Later, the Brummett family lived for 13 years in Neodesha, Kan., and nine years in Salina, Kan., during which time Marti considered herself a "professional volunteer" in church, schools, community and politics while Dick practiced medicine. Marti loved to sew and made many clothes for herself, her children and her grandchildren, as well as draperies and other home decorations.
In 1987, Marti and Dick moved to Leawood, Kan., where Marti continued to volunteer while Dick worked in medical management. During that time, they enjoyed traveling, playing golf and bridge, as well as regularly attending KU football and basketball games. Marti and Dick also spent much of their time at their condo at the Lake of the Ozarks. They were active in the Ozark Chapel United Methodist Church in Laurie, Mo., as well as the Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kan. They moved to Laclede Groves Retirement Community in St. Louis in May of this year.
Although teaching and volunteering were rewarding for Marti, the most important thing, and the part of her life of which she was most proud is her children and their accomplishments. Additionally, she thoroughly enjoyed spending time with her 10 grandchildren and was very involved in their lives and activities.
Marti was preceded in death by her parents and by her brother, Frank Ashley Peterson Jr. and her sister, Patricia Ann Hanson.
Survivors include her husband, Richard R. Brummett, MD, her sister Frances Crosson of Minneapolis, Kan., a daughter Christine Baker (Jeff) of St. Louis, Mo., three sons, Richard R. Brummett Jr. MD (Marcella) of Suffolk, Va., David Brummett, MD (Amy) of Columbia, Mo., and Darin Brummett., MD (Kelley) of Newnan, Ga. She also is survived by her grandchildren, Scott and Jill Baker, Rich, Matt, Lauren, Parker, Sarah, Sam, Perry and Christian Brummett.
Memorial service will be at the Church of the Resurrection, 13720 Roe Ave., Leawood, Kan. 66224, in the Wesley Chapel at 2 p.m. on July 12. Burial and graveside service will be held at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Concordia, Kan., at 11 a.m., July 13.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Laclede Groves Short Stay REACH, 729 S. Laclede Station Road, St. Louis Mo., 63119, in her memory.