Martha Knittel was born in Greenville, TX. To Edward "Top" and Flossie Lynch on August 2, 1923.
She was the oldest of three children, Edward Lynch and George Martin Lynch. She met her husband George Knittel in Dallas, and they had their first date on Pearl Harbor Day in 1941. And from that day they embarked on a nearly 60-year life together. It took them to Childress, TX where George was stationed while in the Army, then to Hot Springs, Ark. Where they built a beautiful lake retreat for fishermen, back to Dallas, and finally to Terrell, TX. where they spent their lives together until George's passing in 1999.
Martha leaves behind her brother Edwards Lynch, one child Lynda Knittel and husband Rick Castleberry, a granddaughter, Melisa Daugherty and husband Danny Daugherty, and a great granddaughter Katy Daugherty. Martha loved Katy so, that she became the only one of the three ever allowed to bang on her prize piano. She also has a niece Brenda Rumbo and husband Cecil, and nephew Eddy Lynch and wife Toni.
After World War II she and George both worked at the newly relocated Chance Vaught Aircraft in Dallas, TX. With the war winding down, Martha began to take more seriously her life as a mother, housewife and caregiver to her parents and family. A career that was hers the rest of her life.
She continued living in Terrell after the passing of George, and in the spring of 2012 she moved to the Arbor House in Rockwall, TX. The staff there quickly became an extension of her family and cared for her for 5 and a half years. She passed away there peacefully on August 30, 2017 at the age of 94.
She was a bright star with an unforgettable laugh. She will be greatly missed by everyone whose life she touched. Her visitation will be Friday September 1 from 5-7 PM at Goggins funeral home in Terrell, and services will be held at Memoryland Cemetery in Greenville, TX on September 2 at 10AM.