|Birth: ||Feb. 28, 1923|
|Death: ||May 27, 1998|
Martha was the youngest child born of Everette and Hazel (Lawrence) Hess. Her older sister was Helen (Hess) Powell and her older brother was Lawrence Hess. She graduated from Brook High School in 1940. Martha was valedictorian of her class. She played piano, violin, and the flute and took music lessons at St. Joseph College in Rensselaer. Martha graduated from the University of Illinois in 1944 with a voice/music education major and an English minor.
On 6-3-1943 she married Truett Patterson. During World War II she taught music at Merrillville and later at Brook. After the war they moved to Indianapolis. They had 3 children: Mary, Jane, and Mark. Martha was a member of the Chancel Choir at Broadway United Methodist Church and was a frequent soloist. She taught piano lessons and was a 4H club leader. Martha became a piano technician in the early 1960's. Truett and Martha were divorced. In 1966 she married Rex Brown. They had one child, Rex Aaron Brown. Martha and Rex were later divorced. In 1969 she began teaching music in Indianapolis Public Schools. In 1977 she became a piano technician for Indianapolis Public Schools retiring in 1985. In her later years Martha became a member at Calvary Baptist Church. Martha had 9 grandchildren with a 10th grandchild born about 6 weeks after her death. Her funeral service was held on 5-30-1998 at Calvary Baptist Church.
Everette Downing Hess (1890 - 1950)
Hazel Louise Lawrence Hess (1890 - 1971)
Helen Ruth Hess Powell (1914 - 1991)*
Lawrence Elmer Hess (1916 - 1998)*
Martha Louise Hess Brown (1923 - 1998)
Forest Lawn Memory Gardens
Created by: Mark Patterson
Record added: Aug 19, 2010
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