Martha Ruth Bennett Brown
Sep. 8, 1936 – Dec. 28, 2015
Martha Ruth Bennett Brown, 79, of Gardnerville passed away Monday, Dec. 28 in Carson City surrounded by her family. She was a wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and a business woman. Martha was born Sept. 8, 1936 in Ocoee, FL to Alice (Pennington) and Dwight Bennett. She lived the majority of her childhood in Florida and Michigan before moving to California. There, she was a tennis champion in her teens. She graduated Live Oak High School, class of 1954, in Morgan Hill, CA where she met her husband of 61 years, Wayne Brown. The two eloped to Reno and were married at the Reno Courthouse on Dec. 16. She also attended Heald’s Business College for two years. The couple later moved to Alpine County from 1964 to 1973 where Martha was a bookkeeper at Egger’s Store in Markleeville. Wayne and Martha opened Wayne’s Glass Service in 1972 in Gardnerville, a Carson Valley business for 21 years. Martha enjoyed coaching girls’ softball. She was a skilled pitcher for women’s slow pitch and was featured in a regional softball magazine. She was an avid collector of dolls, baseball cards, stamps, buttons, Raggedy Ann and Andy collectibles, southwest art, teapots and more. She loved to garden and was a fan of westerns, especially with the actor Randolph Scott. She loved to play Bridge and she loved her two Bridge groups where she made many friends. She was highly skilled at crosswords and Sudoku. But, most importantly, she was a generous and loving mother and grandmother who supported the dreams of her children and grandchildren. Our beloved Mom and Grammie will be dearly missed. She was preceded in death by her brother Philip Bennett and her parents. She is survived by her husband Wayne Brown, her brother-in-law Dennis Brown (Maxine), her daughters Brenda Downs (Scott), Lynn Zacharias and Stacey Mckinnish (Pat); her grandchildren Megan Downs (Andrew Schlappy), Brianne Berry (Evan), Rachel and Nicole Ruth Zacharias and Dillon and Hannah Mckinnish; and her great grandchildren Lyric and Adaven Berry and James Powers. No services will be held at this time. A private family burial will be handled by Walton’s Funerals and Cremations. Instead of flowers, donations to the Carson Valley Community Food Closet, 1255 Waterloo Ln, Suite B, Gardnerville, NV 89410, would be appreciated.