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Martha (Thomas) Squire

July 4, 1931 ~ March 1, 2018 (age 86)

Martha "Marty" Squire PHOENIX – Martha Squire, 86, of Phoenix, AZ passed away on March 1, 2018 with her family gathered around her. Martha, known as Marty to many of her family and friends, was born on the Fourth of July, 1931 in Carrollton, MO to Dudley David Thomas Jr. and Ruth Rea Thomas. She was a loving daughter to her parents and a devoted older sister to her brother Dudley David Thomas III, who all preceded her in death. After attending high school in Carrollton, and seeking new experiences, Martha travelled by rail from Missouri to Tucson, AZ in 1949 to study psychology at the University of Arizona. That Thanksgiving, while spending time at a friend’s home, she met a handsome engineering student, Donald Robert Squire, and on September 4, 1951 they were married in her home town. Martha, Don, and their infant son, David, settled in Phoenix in June 1954, and Martha spent the next several decades raising four children, managing the household, and actively participating in her many volunteer activities. She served on the Good Samaritan Hospital Auxiliary and continued to volunteer for the hospital for over 50 years. Martha was also a member of the Junior League of Phoenix, chaired the Committee of Volunteers for the American Hospital Association, and was a board member for several organizations, including the Phoenix Crisis Nursery and Grand Canyon Chapter of the American Red Cross. When her children were mostly grown and out of the house, Martha went back to college in the late 1970’s and completed a BA in communication from the College of Public Programs at Arizona State University, where she graduated with honors in 1980. Martha and Don spent many of their retirement years traveling around the world - from China to Russia, Alaska to New Zealand. Throughout her life, Martha most cherished spending time with her children and, later in life, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Martha is survived by her husband Don, her four children David (Melanie Manning) of Flagstaff, AZ, Bruce (Susan) of Gilbert, AZ, Thomas (Mark Sorensen) of Alameda, CA, and Sara Stumbo (John) of Phoenix, AZ, five grandchildren, Bruce, Andrew, Kile, Jessica, and Adam, and four great-grandchildren, Chloe, Charlotte, Colton, and Ryan. A Celebration of Life reception will be held at 2:00 pm on Thursday, March 15th at The Terraces of Phoenix, 7550 N. 16th Street, Phoenix, AZ. Memorial donations may be made to Child Crisis of Arizona.

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