Martha Lee (nee Scott) Switzer was born on October 25, 1930 in Commerce, Missouri to John K. and Clara A. Leible Scott and passed away Saturday, November 7, 2020 at the age of 90 years and 13 days.
She married Floyd Lee Switzer, or Pat as he was better known, on October 26, 1950 at St. Henry’s in Charleston, Missouri.
Martha was a second mother to her siblings. She made sure they got to school on time, ate their dinner, did their homework and went to church. Many years ago, Martha wanted to get a job and asked Pat if she could. He didn’t really want her to but told her she could because he didn’t think she could find one. Not only did she find a job, but she retired from Brown Shoe Company after working there for 20 years.
Martha’s favorite holiday was Christmas. She was a devout Catholic who loved celebrating her Lord’s birth. It has always been a tradition to gather at her house on Christmas Eve until her house got too small for her growing family and we had to rent a pavilion. No matter how old you were, you knew you were expected to be at Grandma Switzer’s on Christmas Eve. She made it a point to have something for every single person there, all 76 of them. Later that night, she enjoyed taking as many members of her family as she could to midnight mass. There were times when she’d fill up two pews or more.
Martha loved to dance and won medals in the senior Olympics for her dancing skills. She listened to music all the time and would be moving to the beat in the living room or whenever the mood struck her.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Pat; son, Gary; parents; Pat’s parents; siblings, Mary, Dorothy, Frances, Charles, Pete and Judy; Pat’s siblings, Clyde, Ottis, and Dee; and brothers-in-law, Richard, Dennis and Donald.
She is survived by six children, Brenda, Patty, Larry, Jim, Dotty and Cindy along with their spouses, Mike, Billy, Annie, Teresa and David; 19 grandchildren with 15 spouses; 26 great grandkids (with one more on the way); and four great great grandchildren; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at the Mizell Funeral Home in Cuba, Missouri.
Funeral Mass was held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at the Holy Cross Catholic Church with Father Dan Lueckennotte as the celebrant.
Graveside service was held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, November 12, 2020 at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Charleston, Missouri.
Arrangements under the direction of the Mizell Funeral Home of Cuba, Missouri.