Martha Conrod

Martha Jean Conrod, 90, of Maple Valley, Wash., peacefully passed away on Monday, May 20, 2019.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Humane Society. As the wife of a World War II veteran, she will be interred at the Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Wash.

Martha will remain in our hearts forever.

Martha was born on May 18, 1929, in Udall, to Ellis and Fern Sherrard. She graduated from Winfield High School and took college courses. She was a leader: president of her sorority, Epsilon Sigma Alpha, a sorority involved in community service; president of the Beechcraft Wives Club; and Girl Scouts leader, teaching compassion and skills to young girls.

Her work included secretary for the Cowley County Superintendent of Schools. She was a bookkeeper for the petroleum and banking industries. After her daughters left for college, she worked for New York Life.

Martha moved her family 10 times throughout the U.S. — Colorado, Alabama, Louisiana, Florida, with her husband, Don, an engineer who worked for Beechcraft and Boeing in the aerospace industry, involved with Mercury, Gemini and Apollo 1-12, the Space Shuttle and more.

Martha and Don lived for 35 years in Kent, Wash., on their ranch raising cows, sheep and horses. And most important, spoiling their Collie Sam and Golden Retrievers Bear and Miss Taffy Sue.

Martha is survived by her husband of 70 years, Donald Conrod; her daughters, Gail Conrod, of Minneapolis, Minn., and Gwen Colgan, of Bainbridge Island, Wash.; her granddaughter, Martina List, of St. Paul, Minn., and grandson, Peter List of Malmö, of Sweden; her brother, Bob Sherrard, of Winfield; and many nieces and nephews.