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Martha  McHenry

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Born in Austin, Texas on Jun. 9, 1918
Departed on Aug. 11, 2015 and resided in Austin,, TX.
Service: Monday, Aug. 17, 2015
11:00 am
Cemetery: Evergreen Cemetery
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Martha Katie Johnson McHenry was born in Austin, Texas on June 9, 1918 to her parents, Leonard and Leora Johnson. She was the seventh of twelve children born to this union. Her parents and ten brothers preceded her in death. Martha departed this life August 11, 2015. Martha accepted Christ as her personal savior at a very early age and was baptized at the Ebenezer Baptist church in Austin, Texas by the late Reverend J. C. Lott. She was very active in many areas of her young Christian life. She remained a very active member of Ebenezer until she went away to college.

Martha matriculated in the Austin Public Schools where she attended the Olive Street School, Kealing Junior High School and the Original L. C. Anderson High School. She went on to receive a bachelor's degree from Tillotson College, and later received masters and doctoral degrees in California.

Martha enjoyed traveling, and had the opportunity to visit every continent except Antarctica. She was also a published author, having published several books of poetry, and a book of short stories for young people.

Being dedicated to the growth and well being of future generations, Martha began her professional career as a teacher in the Austin Independent School District. After moving to San Francisco, Martha worked as an educator and counselor in the elementary and middle schools. She also worked as a counselor in high school and served as summer school administrator.

Martha served in numerous civic and professional organizations. She was a Life Member of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) where she served on the Executive Board. Some of the other organizations that Martha was affiliated with were life member of the National Council of Negro Women, Golden Life Member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Life Member of the San Francisco State Alumni Association, Life Member of the San Francisco Employees Association and Huston-Tillotson Alumni Association past Secretary. Within the Community she was a Golden Life member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority where she has served as Local Chapter President, Parliamentarian for the Pacific Region from 1972 to 1974, California State Director and National Trustee. She was also a past President of the alpha Theta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma International Society of Key Women Educators.

Martha received many awards during her lifetime including Academic Achievement Award from Huston-Tillotson University, Golden Award of Poetry, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Zeta of the Year Award, St. Monia Award for Christian Women in Education, Black Authors Award, and numerous others.

After retirement from the San Francisco school system, Martha returned to her childhood hometown, Austin, Texas where she resided at the time of her death. She is survived by her sister Georgia Malone of Pflugerville, Texas, and sister-in-law Mattie Johnson of Austin, Texas, caregivers Cynthia Mays and Keisha Prejean and others; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

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