03/20/1924 – 11/19/2012
Martha Magdalene Peters (Shankle, Whitt) passed away with her family by her side on November 19, 2012. She was born to Robert Henry Peters and Maggie Lipps Peters on March 20, 1924 in Elizabethton.
Martha worked at the Bemberg Rayon Plant in Elizabethton during World War II, making parachutes for our troops. In 1954, with her husband Frank Shankle and seven children, she moved to John Day, Ore., and then to Baker, Ore., where she lived until 1980. She started doing waitress work for Baker Café as her first job. She worked in many restaurants in the Baker area. She then worked at the lime plant. After marrying Ivan Whitt, they moved to Benton City, Wash., and she worked at Twin City Foods until her retirement.
Martha had many beautiful memories of her family and growing up on Stoney Creek. She spoke often of the rolling hills with the beautiful trees and mountains she loved and missed all of her life.
Preceding her in death were her son, Roger Lee Shankle, Gary Wayne Shankle; her first husband, Frank Chad Shankle; her second husband, Ivan James Whitt; her parents, Robert and Maggie Peters; brothers, Coy, Arthur (China), Wesley, Robert (Soupy) and Raymond Peters; sisters, Bonnie Peters, Lily Crumley, Corine Peters and Callie Peters; her step-son, Vernon Whitt; grandchildren, Rodney Shankle (son of Jerry Shankle), Martha Michelle Shankle (daughter of Gary Wayne Shankle) and Katrina Blair (daughter of Theresa Shankle).
Martha is survived by her sister, Bertha Nell Sullins (Joe), Nashville, Tenn.; children, Jerry Shankle (Andy), Fort Mohave, Ariz., Brenda Rohner, Theresa Shankle, Benton City, Wash., Phil Shankle (Marilyn), Pyallup, Wash., Faye Shankle, Hermiston, Ore., Norman Shankle, Benton City, Wash., Kathy Baker, West Richland, Wash.; step-children, Cecile, Karen and Steve Whitt; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
We will miss her dearly.