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Martha F. Hale "Mamaw"

January 24, 1928 - July 23, 2017

Martha Frances Hale was born on January 24,1928, and was promoted to her great reward on July 23, 2017, surrounded by her family.  Martha was born in Lone Mountain, Tennessee, to Willie Edward Phelps and Birtie Florence Phelps (Davis).  Martha graduated from Bethesda Bible School of Portland, OR, where she met and married the love of her life Donald Carroll Hale “Papaw” on September 24, 1949.
Martha began her working career in the cleaners as a silk finisher in Forest Grove, OR, until she met and married Donald in Bible school, where she began her God-given calling as a Mother and homemaker.  Martha and Donald began ministry as evangelists and pastors, and ministered all over the United States, then settled in Salem, OR, as pastors of Faith Tabernacle, renamed as Gateway Community Church for 50+ years.  Martha worked nights, seasonally in the cannery at Stayton Canning Company.
Martha is preceded in death by her parents Ed and Birtie, husband Donald, daughter Patricia, sister Mary Bender and brother Roy Phelps.
Martha is survived by her brother William Paul Phelps and a host family of Knoxville, Tennessee, her sister Hazel Edwina Bayless and family of Laguna Hills, California, her daughters LaDonna Ross and Tina Howard of Salem, sons Rev. Phil (Marty) Hale, Steve Hale, Rick (Leslie) Hale, Nate Hale of Salem, and Scott (Sandy) Hale of Columbia City, Oregon,18 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren, one great-great grandson.
Visitation will be on Friday, August 4, 2017, from 1:00–4:00 pm at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Services.  A Celebration of Life will be on Saturday, August 5, 2017, at 11:00 am, at Gateway Community Church, 922 Hylo Road SE, Salem, OR 97306.  Flowers and donations can be sent to the church.  There will be a potluck fellowship following the service.  There will be a graveside committal for Martha at Rosedale Friends Cemetery after the meal.  Arrangements by Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.


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No words can express the loss of a second mother, grandmother to everyone Mamaw's heart has touched. She was loved by many. I will hold her memory's in my heart. Prayers for strength and comfort to all the family. Love unconditionally. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort.” 2 Corinthians 1:3

You have passed to the best reward possible Martha; you are greatly loved 

Missing Martha--I was blessed just watching her devotion to God and prayer..something for all of us to imitate

Though we didn't see you and Don as often as we did in earlier years, your presence at each of the gatherings was a pleasure for us as we would recount days gone by in previous years.  You will be missed but our reunion on the other side will be glorious!  We pray our Lord will comfort for each of your family left on this side of the river.