Obituary: Martha M. Webdell, 94, of Hannibal

Martha M. Webdell
Posted: Oct. 18, 2018 4:40 pm

Martha M. Webdell, 94, of Hannibal, passed away at 2:44 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018 at Maple Lawn Nursing Home in Palmyra.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018 at the James O'Donnell Funeral Home in Hannibal. Rev. Eugenia Webdell will officiate.

Friends and family are invited to Martha’s Life Celebration at a visitation that will be held from 9 a.m. until the time of services on Saturday at the James O'Donnell Funeral Home.

Burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Hannibal.

Martha was born Feb. 3, 1924, in Nelsonville, to Charles and Sophia Dillard Wiseman.

Survivors include one son, Mike Webdell (Marianne) of Estero, Fla.; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Charles Wiseman; and three sisters, Emma Belle Sorrell, Mary Arch, Dorothy McIntyre; and one son, John Webdell.

Martha retired from the State of Missouri where she was a teacher’s assistant for many years at the Hannibal Diagnostic Clinic.

Always active in her community, Martha loved Hannibal’s history and was especially excited when her son, John, was named Hannibal’s Tom Sawyer one year. Martha was also instrumental in the fundraising efforts to restore the historic chapel on the grounds of Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Martha took pleasure in traveling and enjoyed trips to Hawaii, Sanibel Island and St. Thomas Virgin Islands. Gifted in the art of sign language, Martha enjoyed teaching sign language at a local church in Hannibal. Martha always enjoyed looking her best, spending time with friends and was known to be an excellent dancer, loving jazz and Big Band music. Most of all, Martha simply cherished the moments she spent with her family, especially her nieces and nephews.

A strong faith always guided Martha. She read her Bible daily. Martha was an active and longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church in Hannibal.

Pallbearers will be Bill Martin, Bill Bounds, Gary Luck, Jim Maple, George Arch and Dale Wiseman.

Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Association.

Online condolences may be made at

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