Martha Jean O'Brien Schantz "Mema"-April 24, 2011

Martha Jean Schantz, age 82, was born into eternal life on April 24, 2011.
Memorial services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, 2011 at Westminster Presbyterian Church.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
She was born March 28, 1929 in Barry, Illinois to Mabel and Edwin Churchill O’Brien. She attended the Colorado State University in Greeley, CO where she met her future husband, Reuben Schantz. Married in 1951, they were blessed with a loving marriage of 49 years when Reuben passed away in 2000 with Marty holding his hand.
The Schantzs’ elder daughter, D’Ann, passed away in 2004. Marty is survived by her younger daughter, Roxie, and son-in-law Phil Moser of Edmond, Oklahoma. Lovingly known as “Mema” to her grandchildren, she also leaves two grandsons, Philip Moser (with wife Courtney) of Germantown, Tennessee, and Jim Moser of Manchester, Missouri, as well as one granddaughter, Kelsey Jensen (with husband Lance) of Richardson, Texas. In addition, Marty is survived by her two devoted sisters, Lucy McKee and Marian Campbell, both of Sarasota, Florida.
Mrs. Schantz was loved by all her knew her. She often joked about her short stature, but made up for it with her big heart. She was a talented seamstress, cook, and musician. She will be remembered as a gentle spirit who was very active with her family, her community, and her church.
Marty Schantz was selected as the 1992 Citizen of the Year by the Fort Morgan Area Chamber of Commerce. She served on the fund-raising committees to establish the Panhandle Heritage Foundation, the Heart Fund drive, and the mental retardation campaign. Marty also taught private piano in her home, taught at South Georgia Elementary School for two years and for the next eighteen, she directed and touched the lives of over 20,000 students at Crockett Jr. High. Her choirs often received “excellent” ratings at the Greater Southwest Music Festival, and several students have pursued musical careers as music ministers, in musical comedy, opera, and as Broadway performers.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be dedicated to (Westminster Presbyterian Music Department, Children’s Home, and PEO.)
Psalm 32:7
Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.

0 Replies to “Martha Jean O'Brien Schantz "Mema"-April 24, 2011”

  1. Roxie & family. I learned earlier this month of your mother’s death. I know your great sadness is also mixed with great joy. I have such fond memories of your family as neighbors on Meadow St. and then of course participating in choir with your mother. Your mother & father both left a lasting impact on all the lives they touched through the years. Blessings on you & your family.

  2. Hi Roxie – condolences from our family to yours, had no idea that this happened. I will always remember Aunt Marty and Uncle Reuben and appreciate all the wonderful memories of their phone calls, funny stories, our engagement party, and Aunt Marty creating the music for our wedding. They were both amazing!

  3. So sorry for your loss. I remember Mrs. Schantz from Crockett and she was such a beautiful lady! We had the best choirs ever! She will be greatly missed! Roxie may God comfort you and your family!

  4. Roxie: Your mom played a special part in my life growing up. There are so, so many memories! She is one of the few that I remember so well and loved so much! I saw her not too long ago and it was so good to reminisce! She will be greatly missed by so many and especially by you, Phil and your family! You all are in my thoughts and prayers! I’m sure she is singing in heaven!

  5. I moved to Texas in seventh grade and came to Crockett Jr High later in that year. Choir with Mrs. Schantz was the first and for awhile the only place I felt accepted. Mrs. Schantz later offered me the chance to be in show choir. I loved her and that whole experience. I haven’t left choir for any length of time since. Thank you Mrs. Schantz you will be remembered!

  6. Roxie,
    I have so many wonderful memories of your Mom.
    She was truly a great educator who gave encouragement and guidance to so many. I know you will miss her. Nelson Rue

  7. We were so sorry to hear of your loss. I was a member of her Sunday School class at Church before we moved to Arkansas, as well as her New Neighbors Club. Always the lady, she had charm, a good sense of humor, and a devotion to her friends.
    When in high school, Jim took Drivers Ed from your father, Reuben. His Dad, Bob Clyde, had a great amount of respect for him. Dad sold some sort of insurance to all the teachers, and he asked your Dad if he could somehow make Jim’s Driver’s Ed “lottery” work so that Jim could take Driver’s Ed with him.
    Marty will be dreadfully missed. She was fortunate to have been able to be so active until the onset of her last illness. We just know Heaven has been blessed by her new citizenship there, and she is now joyfully leading the heavenly choirs of angels, with perfect pitch who have desires to be in those choirs, instead of youth who are taking a class they may or may not want, and who usually do not have perfect pitch.
    Bless you and know that you are in the prayers of many. There is nothing more significant in a woman’s life than the death of her mother. The pain never really goes away, you just learn to deal with it.

  8. Roxie and Phil,
    I want to send my deepest regrets to you. Having been in the hospital all week, I am unable to come to Marty’s funeral. My friends have kept me informed of her condition over the pass few weeks. The whole town, her former students and many of her friends will truly miss her. I don’t know of anyone she hasn’t met who won’t be saddened by her death.
    Most Sincerely,
    Pat Searight

  9. Mrs Schantz was my choir teacher at Crockett from 68 to 71 as well as my brothers. She was my favorite teacher at Crockett and such a nice lady.
    My condolences to Roxie and family
    Armand Smith

  10. I only lived next door to Marty for 4 years but found her to be a very good neighbor and always ready to stop and talk when we walked our dogs. She will be missed in our neighborhood

  11. Some people move through life without making much difference to others or the world around them. Marty was not one of those people! — even my Mother-in-law loved her! As did our three sons, Kyle, Tom and Ron. Marty and Reuben gave them encouragement during those terrible ‘teens’.. Marty brought music to all the world.

  12. I have many fond memories of the Schantz family. I will forever be grateful for the \spunk\ of Mrs. Schantz, the wonderful, caring gleem from her eyes, and the warmth of her smile. May the God of all comfort surround the family at this time.
    Scott Tjernagel

  13. Marty was a special lady to all who knew her. I was privileged to be working at Crockett with her for five years. She was my youngest daughter’s(Becky Brown) choir teacher. She also gave a wedding shower for Becky. I will always remember her great smile and sweet personality.

  14. Mrs. Schantz discovered something that I did not know, and that was I could sing. Mrs. Schantz was hands down one of the best educators that I have ever encountered. In fact, she inspired me so much that I now teach. I pray that the family finds peace and comfort during their time of loss. Mrs. Schantz I will truly miss you, but I know that the angels can’t wait to meet their new chorus director.
    My Deepest Sympathy,
    Kelvin D. Hodgest

  15. I will always remember “Ms.Schantz” as a beautiful, caring, enthusiastic teacher. She was in will remain one of my favorites. What a beautiful person. She will be missed.

  16. Mrs. Schantz was my choir director at Crockett. She was a wonderful teacher and role model and she will be truly missed.

  17. Mrs. Schantz was my choir teacher at Crockett back in the 70’s! A very sweet lady. My thoughts and prayers for her loved ones.

  18. Roxanne and Family;
    Your Mother will be missed. Because my older brother, Randy, could sing a little bit, “Mrs. Schantz” attempted to recruit me into the Crockett Jr. High choir. Obviously her instincts were not perfect, but still she made a lasting impression in my life.

  19. Marty was a dear friend and colleague. We taught side-by-side at Crockett for over 10 years. She took this young inexperienced choir director under her wing and mentored me, always patient and kind. I will miss her very much, as will all who knew her. We shared both laughter and tears together.
    Eileene Moss

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