Martha Noffsinger Roberts, 96, of Tipp City, Miami County, Ohio, departed this life on Thursday, January 12, 2017, at the Randall Residence in Tipp City, Ohio. The Randall Residence assisted care facility was built on a portion of what had previously been her family’s farm, where Martha had been born and raised. Martha’s ancestors were Quakers, the Coppocks previously of the Newberry District of South Carolina, and the German Baptist Blickenstaffs, previously of Frederick County, Maryland and Fayette County, Pennsylvania, both families having removed to Monroe Township in Miami County during the first two decades of the 19th century.
Martha was born December 1, 1920, at The Coppock Homestead in Tipp City, Ohio, the daughter of Harley and Olive (Pearson) Coppock. She graduated from Tippecanoe High School in Tipp City, Ohio in 1938 and Manchester College in North Manchester, Indiana in 1940 (where she was an accomplished athlete), and again in 1969 with an additional degree. Martha was a retired teacher, having served more than 30 years in the Tipp City school system, enjoying 40 years of retirement thereafter.
Martha was united in marriage with her first husband, Roy Noffsinger of Germantown, Ohio, on June 21, 1942, whom she met at Manchester College on a blind date. In 1979 she married her second husband, Thomas Roberts of Raton, New Mexico, a long-time friend of her brothers Jay and Stanley. Martha was a life-long resident of Tipp City, with the exception of a short time spent living near Greenville, Ohio with first husband Roy and in Raton, New Mexico with second husband, Tom.
The most important things in Martha’s life were family, faith and friends. She was a life-long member of the Middle District Church of the Brethren (now the Good Shepherd Church of the Brethren), of which her great grandparents, Samuel and Delana (Blickenstaff) Coppock, were among its founding members when it was established in 1877. She rarely missed a Sunday service throughout her life, except for her time living away from Tipp City, and in her later years when health concerns prevented her attendance. She worked tirelessly on behalf of the church, and her church family, for her entire life.
Martha drew joy and strength from the love and companionship of family. Family reunions were a particular pleasure for her, as was getting together with friends for great conversation, or the occasional game of “Hand and Foot” or “42”. Throughout her later adult life, she was delighted to reacquaint herself with many of the thousands of students she taught over the years, whom she would often meet while out and about in the Tipp City area. Martha also enjoyed more distant travel, having visited Europe with husband Roy, as well as over her lifetime visiting every state in the union except Alaska. She also received great happiness from her knitting, of which she was very prolific. In her later years, she especially loved watching the goldfinches and hummingbirds feed outside her kitchen window, and a well-salted bowl of buttered popcorn or deep fried Morel mushrooms were among her favorite treats, all of her life.
Survivors include: son Ken Noffsinger, of Tipp City, Ohio; older sister Miriam Hoover of McPherson, Kansas; daughter in-law, Faye (Addington) Noffsinger of McPherson, Kansas; stepdaughter Wanda Myers and stepson-in-law Jack Myers of Bozeman, Montana; granddaughter Katy Gunneman (Nathan) of Siloam Springs, Arkansas; grandsons Jesse Noffsinger (Abigail Daane) of Seattle, Washington and David Noffsinger (Lisa Salasin) of McPherson, Kansas; great grandchildren Braxton, TeAnna, Logan and William Gunneman of Siloam Springs, Arkansas, Ember and Aoife of Seattle, Washington and Addington of McPherson, Kansas; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death on May 18, 1973 by her first husband of nearly 31 years, Roy Noffsinger, and on January 9, 1989 by her second husband of almost ten years, Thomas Roberts; son Kent Noffsinger of McPherson, Kansas on June 15, 2011; sisters Mary Hammond (her twin) and Olive Kessler, as well as brothers Maynard, Jay, Stanley and Nevin.
A memorial service will be held at a future date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Good Shepherd Church of the Brethren in Tipp City, Ohio or Hospice of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio.