|Birth: ||Jun. 29, 1925|
|Death: ||Jun. 6, 2010|
Conny Marie McDonald Martin of Lubbock was the first child of Alex and Lola Craig McDonald, Conny was born at home in Lubbock on June 29, 1925. She was a graduate of Lubbock High School and Colorado State College of Education, Greeley, Colo.
She married C. B. Martin Dec. 21, 1945, soon after he returned from World War II service in Guam as a U. S. Navy Seabee.
A nationally-known fine artist, Conny was a major contributor to the art scene locally as well as statewide. She was a founding member of the South Plains Art Guild, which blended into the Lubbock Art Association in 1959 and was part of the organizing group that was responsible for the building of the Municipal Garden and Arts Center.
She taught art in her home studio for many years, using a variety of media to inspire the creativity of her students, many of whom are still active today and openly praise her talents and encouragement. The painting workshops she conducted in Lubbock, over the South Plains, Ruidiso, N.M. and Rockport, Texas were intense but fun-filled days for both teacher and students.
Her series of 14 paintings depicting life in Mongolia during the time of Genghis and Kubilai Khan was commissioned by the First National Bank in Lubbock in 1967. They are now featured in the Board Room of the International Cultural Center on the campus of Texas Tech.
She was commissioned by the Crosby County Pioneer Memorial Museum board in 1975 to create a 41-foot diorama commemorating the history of Crosby County in preparation for the Sesquicentennial of Texas.
She authored "Art Lives on the South Plains" in 2003, which chronicles the history of the Lubbock Art Association and art activities in Lubbock and 21 counties between 1951 and 2003. One of her lesser-known talents was writing poetry, with many of her poems included in published national poetry journals.
Conny received many public awards, among which were inclusion in Who's Who in South and Southwest in 1982-83 and 2005-06; the "Get Involved Award" in the arts category from the Volunteer Center of Lubbock, 2003; "Women of Excellence" award for arts and culture by the YWCA of Lubbock, 2005; designation as a "Pioneer Artist of Texas" by the Center for Study of Early Texas Art, 2005; and the ACE Award for visual art by the Lubbock Arts Alliance, 2008.
In addition to teaching art, she also was well known for her Bible studies with ladies' classes and retreats, particularly at Broadway church of Christ, where she was a lifetime member.
Her skill with her hands and knowledge of materials led her, along with her friend Jane Whatley, to build a model of the Old Testament Tabernacle, which they used for a variety of scripture lessons.
C. B. And Conny traveled the world, taking tours to the most unusual places they could find. Conny always had her sketchbook with her, but soon began to prepare in advance a bound diary into which she could draw scenes and people on site. When she returned home, she made other bound photocopies of the books and sent them to members of that particular tour. Later she began giving programs about the diaries themselves.
Conny is survived by her husband, C. B.; two daughters, Jan Martin Davis of Lubbock and Jody Martin Knox of Carrollton, Texas; grandchildren, Deven Davis Johnson and husband Jon of Sacramento, Calif., Caleb Davis of Austin, Natalie Knox of Austin and Daniel Knox of Dallas; great-grandchildren, Heidi, Leah and Grant Johnson of Sacramento, Calif.; a brother, Craig McDonald and wife Ann of Lubbock; sisters-in-law, Sammie McDonald of Plano and Susie McDonald of Lorenzo; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends worldwide.
Preceding her in death were her parents; brothers, Fred and Mickey; and sister, Betty McDonald Peak.
William Alex McDonald (1894 - 1973)
Lola Alfreda Craig McDonald (1900 - 1996)
Conny Marie McDonald Martin (1925 - 2010)
Betty Jane McDonald Peak (1926 - 2003)*
Albert Fred McDonald (1928 - 2006)*
Mickey Kent McDonald (1939 - 2008)*
Resthaven Memorial Park
Maintained by: Bill Winner
Originally Created by: Carolyn Mackey-Byrum
Record added: Jun 09, 2010
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