Martha Faye Coder
November 12, 1939-May 12, 2021
Martha Faye Coder has gone home but will live in our hearts forever. Her unwavering faith, unconditional love, and remarkable strength of mind and character taught us all lessons we will carry with us for the rest of our lives. Martha will be greatly missed, but our memories of her will be treasured always. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother and lived her life in service to others.
Martha graduated from Hardin Simmons University with a bachelor’s degree in Education and later completed her master’s degree as well. She taught for over 35 years, and her educational career included teaching at Windham School District in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in Huntsville, teaching elementary school in Aldine ISD, and teaching in the business department at Jersey Village High School in Cypress-Fairbanks ISD. She loved teaching at all levels and could often be found teaching Sunday school or teaching English to recent immigrants in her free time. She was also an accomplished seamstress and made everything from curtains to quilts. She made exquisite wedding dresses for her daughters and granddaughters as well as for many other young brides. It was not uncommon to hear the sewing machine rumbling at two in the morning because she was set on finishing a project or got an idea for a dress that she needed to urgently create. Her talents also extended to painting, drawing, and playing the piano.
Martha was Miss Do-It-Yourself. She believed in hard work and not wasting a dime; therefore, she installed her own toilet, tiled her own living room floor, hung her own outside Christmas lights, and painted her own house. She did not understand the words “can’t” or “impossible” and often proudly proved the world wrong if they ever dared to doubt her.
At age 75, she married Bill Coder, an amazingly kind, gentle man who loved her unconditionally and with all his heart. They lived and loved happily ever after; although late in life, they truly found the love of their lives.
She leaves behind her husband, Bill Coder, three daughters, Susan Carter and husband Foster; Lory Haas and husband Steve; and Natalie Barletta and husband Chris. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, a brother, Alton Payne and his wife Mary, a sister, Peggy Vernon, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. at Cypress-Fairbanks Funeral Home.
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