Rosetta Nusser Martin, 93, was called to her eternal rest by our Lord and Savior on Sunday, September 11, 2022, following a brief illness with lung cancer. She was born July 18, 1929, to Martin G. and Melusine (Trimpe) Nusser, Sr., on a farm near Copeland, Kansas, in Haskell County.
Rosetta was the third of nine children to Martin and Melusine. She attended Prairie Lawn Grade School for eight years. She then attended and graduated from Garden City High School in 1947. On June 11, 1950, she married William H. Martin in Garden City. Their marriage was blessed with two children, Jennifer Leigh and Rebecca Ann. They raised their girls in Ft. Stockton, Texas, then retired in San Angelo, Texas. Then, in 1998, they moved to Lubbock, Texas.
Rosetta was a homemaker and enjoyed sewing for her daughters and making beautiful hand-quilted quilts. She was a life-long member of the Lutheran Church, where she was a member of Faith Lutheran Church, Ft. Stockton, Trinity Lutheran, San Angelo, and Redeemer Lutheran, Lubbock. Rosetta was active in the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, started the Elderberry’s Club at Trinity Lutheran, and had a Prayer Time at Redeemer Lutheran. She helped with Vacation Bible School at all three Lutheran Churches. She was the organist for Faith Lutheran. She crocheted and hand-embroidered baptismal cloths and crosses for baptisms and confirmations. Rosetta had an eye for decorating her home (especially with antiques) and enjoyed helping her daughters with theirs, drawing blueprints and making additions to their home, landscaping her yards, and shopping, especially at Mardels, Walmart, and Steinmart. She had various collections such as birdhouses, chickens, and any drawings her grandchildren and great-grandson gave her. Rosetta enjoyed spending time with her two daughters, five grandchildren, and a great-grandson.
Survivors include two daughters, Jennifer L. (Jeffery) Widener of Memphis, TX., and Rebecca (Becky) (John) Geist of Lubbock, TX. ; five Grandchildren, Hanna Baucom and partner Mike Milliner, Katie Baucom and partner Jake Stephens, Maggie Baucom-Rivera and her husband Nik, Evan Geist and wife Dawn Geist, and Cole Geist and fiancé Rebecca Taylor and great-grandsons Carson Baucom and Bray Stephens; 4 sisters Lena Adams of Winfield, Ks., Joyce Williams of Lubbock, TX., Joanna Boles of Andover, KS., & Edith Jones of San Angelo, TX.; a brother Martin Nusser, Jr. of Garden City, KS.
Rosetta is preceded in death by her husband, William H. Martin, who passed away on June 13, 2003. She is also preceded in death by her parents, a sister Melusine Algrim, Opal Sroufe, and Irene Gestenslager.
Her daughters, Jennifer and Rebecca, and their families want to thank Pastor Rohde for his faithful visits for over two years to her. She always looked forward to his visits. We also want to thank Michelle Craig, the owner of the Library of Legacies in Slaton, for the amazing place we called home for two years. Thank you for the excellent care, the fun family dinners at “Perks,” Mother’s Day Tea parties, planting our Spring plants, all the holiday and birthday parties, and more. Mary Jane, Margaret, April, Carmen, Brook, Kayla, Yesenia, Annie, Maggie, and Christine will always be a part of our family. You all made our Mom’s home fun, and all of you loved her. Margaret, we will cherish the memories of our road trips to run errands in Lubbock with you. We also want to thank Dr. Floyd Pirtle for taking great care of our Mom and family. You have been our physician for over 20 years and have always been there for us.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 17th at 10:30 AM at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Lubbock with Pastors Nemec and Rohde officiating.
The family suggests memorials be made to the Lutheran Hour Ministries.
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