Karen Martin

Karen Martin

Karen Hayes Martin, 60, of Hamburg, died May 23, 2014.

Growing up in Hot Springs, she was active in Girl Scouts, church youth groups and the high school chorus.

Mrs. Martin attended Henderson State University, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in history. She taught elementary school in Urbana for one year and worked for Hamburg Schools and Forest Echoes Technical Institute in Crossett for 18 years, serving as elementary teacher and librarian. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Hamburg since 1981.

Before her health declined, Mrs. Martin served her church in children’s choir, Vacation Bible School, adult choir and as the May Flower Committee chairman. She ran the band stand at Hamburg High School for basketball and football games for more than 20 years.

She was an avid needlepoint and plastic canvas artist. She designed a set of decorations for every month of the year for display in her house. She loved visiting with her grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Irving Joseph and Marian Cole Hayes and several aunts and uncles.

Mrs. Martin is survived by her husband of 41 years, Marty Martin; a son, Jeff Martin; a daughter, Tarah Pamplin and husband, Robbie, all of Hamburg; six grandchildren and a foster sister, Marilyn Snyder of Jonesboro.

Visitation will be May 26 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Jones Hartshorn Funeral Home in Hamburg.

Funeral services will be held May 27 at 4 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Hamburg with Dr. Bobby Pennington officiating. Burial will be at the Hamburg Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Max Dyson, Donald Rosen, Robert Black, Richard O’Neal, Ben Carpenter and Bill Elton.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, PO Box 352, Hamburg, AR  71646.