|Birth: ||Mar. 10, 1921|
|Death: ||Mar. 13, 1987|
Rio Grande County
Martha Lily (Zessin)(Melcher) Wilson. Third Child of Six, Third daughter of Herman Jacob & Hattie V. (Gottberg) Zessin.
Sister of Ida E. (Spevak), Irene R. (Halsey), Marie B. (Utley), Herman W. Zessin, Albert F. Zessin.
As a Child, she used to sing solo at St. John Lutheran Church in Green Garden, Nebraska.
First wife to Walter George Melcher whom she married in October of 1938 in Omaha, Nebraska at age 16, she told them she was 21.
Had three Children with him, Shirley Lee(Nagengast)(Cowan), Mary Ann(Hubbard) & Yhona Rose(Melcher).
Listed on the United States Federal Census of 1940 living at the home of her parents with Husband, Walter and child, Shirley.
She was working in a restaurant as a cook at nights and residing at 1924 Q Street, Lincoln, when she divorced in 1952.
Married Willard Bryce Wilson, had three children with him.
She began her married life with Willard in Sheridan, Wyoming were he worked on a Ranch, then to North Platte, Nebraska to another Ranch, where she worked again in another restaurant as a cook.
They then moved to Lincoln, Nebraska to the Bethany Neighborhood to a home at 6347 Lexington Ave. where Twelve people lived in the household and which was hit by a Bolt of Lighting in 1960.
They moved to McCool Junction, where they lived from 1963 to 1976. They were on the move again to Del Norte, Colorado. Where Martha would remain until the end of her life.
Businesswoman all of her life, she has always been in the Restaurant business. Worked as a Cook at Restaurant's in North Platte and Lincoln, Nebraska. Owner of McCool Locker and Cafe in McCool Junction, Nebraska & Skelley's Crossroad Cafe Truck Stop at the I-80 Exit 353 at York, Nebraska until 1976. It was open 24 / 7, 365. Martha always worked the Graveyard shift, 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. The building still stands today as a Shell Station and Crossroads Restaurant. She was also skilled at "Butchering" meat.
Owner of The Rio Grande Motel in Del Norte, Colorado and leased and ran Lubin's Malt Mart in Del Norte for several years, serving up American and Mexican cuisine, and man, did she ever make a Mean Green Chili,
HOT, HOT, HOT!!
She enjoyed *Grandchildren*!! baking, crocheting, going to Yard Sales, Horse Races & traveling when she had the time, going mostly by automobile or bus (Trailways) as she didn't drive and she had a terrible fear of flying. Took a round trip in her life, Nov. / Dec. 1973 from her home in Nebraska to Virginia and back, on United Airlines, First Class. She never flew again.
She once told me that some of her's favorite trips were when she would travel to Virginia to see her daughter, Mary and Grandkids and we would all go and spend a few days at Virginia Beach. She so enjoy going to the beach..."Life is a Beach"!
She always had pets, Cats, Dogs and Horses. When I was a child she had a Blue Parakeet, named Petey.
She made the most DELICIOUS Cinnamon Rolls with Melted Frosting. YUMMIE!!!
Everyone called her Grandma, and 100% Grandma she WAS! Still miss her terribly.
Mrs. Wilson was a member of The Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses.
Cause of Death: Blood Clot, was recovering from a battle with Lung Cancer. After having radiation treatments, it loosen a clot and it went into her lung and cause death. She passed away at home in the early evening.
*A grateful and heartfelt "Thank you" to "Jeff" for sponsoring my Grandmother's Memorial. I so appreciate it.
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.
Herman Jacob Zessin (1892 - 1968)
Hattie V. Gottberg Zessin (1893 - 1964)
Walter George Melcher (1909 - 1974)*
Willard Bryce Wilson (1920 - 1988)*
Shirley Lee Melcher Cowan (1939 - 2002)*
Mary Ann Melcher Hubbard (1940 - 2009)*
Yhona Rose Melcher (1944 - 1997)*
Ida Ernestine Zessin Spevak (1917 - 1975)*
Irene Rosette Zessin Halsey (1918 - 1987)*
Martha Lily Zessin Wilson (1921 - 1987)
Marie B Zessin Utley (1922 - 1988)*
Herman William Zessin (1926 - 1983)*
Albert Fred Zessin (1932 - 2010)*
Note: Martha Ashes were scattered at the grave site of her Parents at Yankee Hill Cemetery, Lincoln, Nebraska.
Crown Hill Cemetery
Created by: William Peel
Record added: Sep 04, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 58163747