4/1/1942 – 10/11/2020
Loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Barbara Jean Martin of Lincoln, NE passed away early Sunday morning, October 11, 2020 at the age of 78 at Bryan Medical Center. Barb was born April 1, 1942 to Martha Ozena Reynolds – Brooks and Carl Frank Brooks in Marmaduke, Arkansas. She was preceded in death by her parents and her beloved husband, Darrell Martin, August 22nd, 2020. She is survived by brothers, Danny Brooks; and Rodney Brooks; sister, Brenda Brooks; son, Kenneth Howard; daughters, Kelly Howard; and Kaela Howard; several nieces and nephews; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Barb worked in optics for 30 years and even long after retiring, she continued to work for Lincoln Public Schools. She was hard working, loved her family, was always happy to spend time with her great grandchildren, enjoyed making crafts and attending craft shows, and always enjoyed doing the daily cross word puzzle. She was so ecstatic over the holidays that her face lit up with every decoration that she put out. Barb lit up the room with her enlightened spirit and playful sense of humor.
At her request, no service will be held. Celebration of life at a later date.
God saw she was getting tired
and the cure was not to be.
So He put his arms around her and
whispered, “Come with me.”
With tearful hearts
we watched her fade away.
Although we loved her dearly,
we could not make her stay.
A golden heart stopped beating,
hard working hands laid to rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us, he only takes the best.
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