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Martha Dean Jackson Jeffs

April 10, 2014

Martha Dean Jackson Jeffs

Martha Dean Jackson Jeffs was born Sept. 2, 1926 in Los Angeles and passed away March 26, 2014 in Reno after a brief illness.
The youngest of five children, Martha was a popular and vivacious student at Fremont High School, where she met her true love, Ralph.
After they married at the age of 19, Ralph was ordained and they served the Episcopal churches in and around the San Joaquin Valley for many years, eventually moving back to L.A. where Ralph was a chaplain at USC and Martha graduated from college with a teaching degree.
Martha taught English Literature at Jefferson High School in the inner city for many years. In 1974, Ralph and Martha moved to Mountain View and served at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church until 1995.
They retired to Bishop to be close to their children and grandchildren. Martha lived her faith and gave herself to all around her every day.
Martha Jeffs is survived by her sister, Betty Schneider; son, Paul Jeffs of Grass Valley; daughter and son-in-law, Ann and Steve Kothman of Bishop, grandchildren, Brendan, Caitlin, Zoe and Graham; and great-grandchildren, Alexis and Brody; and many nieces, nephews and extended family. 
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 5 at St. Timothy Anglican Church in Bishop. A celebration of Martha’s life and faith will be held in the Parish Hall following the service.

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