Busch, Martha

January 17, 1955 - April 10, 2020

Martha Busch, 65, passed away peacefully on Good Friday, April 10th at home with her family in Kingwood. She was born Martha Anne Whitby on January 17, 1955 to her mother Therese Marie Cherrie and James Edward Whitby in Erie, PA and was the second of four children. She grew up in Erie and attended Harbor Creek High School and then Robert Morris College in Pittsburg. In 1980, she moved to New Orleans and started a career at Richardson Geophysical. She was transferred to Houston in 1983 where she met the love of her life, Robert Christopher Busch. They were married in 1985. Robert was born in 1987 followed by Annie in 1989. Chris and Martha would have celebrated their 35th anniversary this month. Marty was a resident of Kingwood for 30 years.

Marty was a lifelong Catholic and loved Jesus. She worked at Silverado Senior Living for eight years where she spent her time bringing joy and enrichment into the lives of their memory care residents. Later, she ran the Second Family Ministry for St Martha’s Catholic Church in Kingwood providing respite for carepartners in the Kingwood community.

Marty loved her family first and foremost. She enjoyed people, her many friends, her Christian faith, travel, gardening, animals, walking and music. She was a fantastic cook.

She is survived by her husband, Chris, her children Robert and Annie, her step-children Allison and Eric, three step-grandsons Eliot Busch, Julian and Sebastian Zukawski, her siblings Marlene Whitby and Jimmy Whitby, nephew Tim Bowen, niece Destiny Whitby and numerous other friends and family who will miss her greatly.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her sister Mary Rhea Whitby and her nephew Zach Whitby.

A celebration of life is planned for this summer and will be held at St Martha’s Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to the American Diabetes Association.

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27 replies on “Busch, Martha”

Mike Humphries and Connie Linton says:

Martha was a delight. Her high energy and the will to get meaningful things done were powerful parts of her dynamic personality. And Martha cares deeply for other people who were experiencing challenges in their lives. All of us that knew her will miss her greatly.

Alan and June Patty says:

June and I were greatly blessed to have known and been great friends with Martha since she met and married Chris. We will always remember her calm spirit that could deal with whatever was thrown at her with grace, a smile and laughter. One of our favorite remembrances was her dry sense of humor and what a great storyteller she was … and being married to Chris certainly gave her lots of stories to tell!! She loved life to the fullest. Always gracious and wanting to engage with people in order to get to know them, a unique gift. Her strong faith was a testimony to everyone and we know that in the blink of an eye June and I be with her for eternity – what a joy that will be!! The fact that God called her Home on Easter Weekend will always be a special remembrance.

Jeff Floyd says:

My most sincere condolences. Marty, you will be missed, and remembered here, but God has you by his side now, and it’s nice to know you are now making Heaven a better place for others.

Mike Duggan says:

My thoughts are prayers are with you

cindy reilly says:

Martha was a dear friend of mine and she will be greatly missed. She always had a smile on her face and was so very kind. The Lord has gained a very special Angel with Martha. I will never forget her and until we meet again Martha R.I.P. You touched so many people on your journey through life. I will miss you and cherish all the memories we have made. We will pray for her family in this very difficult time. Cindy & Bruce Reilly

Jepp and Lynette says:

So sorry to hear about Martha’s passing. You and your family are in our prayers. Jepp and Lynette

Peggy Wehe says:

I am blessed to be able to call Martha my friend. She was special in so many ways – kind and caring and humble. I will miss our biweekly lunches when she would listen to me tell stories. Prayers for her loving family especially Chris.

Shawn Crews says:

Marty was a sweet kind lady. I knew her through her sister in law , Carolyn Busch. When we lost Carolyn I will never forget Marty picking up on some things Carolyn’s horses needed. Marty loved animals. Chris loved Marty so much. So easy to see. Sending my love and respect to All the family.

Jack Arnold says:

Martha was a wonderful woman. I was privileged to know her as a very caring staff member
at Silverado and later as the one who stepped up for 2nd Family when we needed a leader. Chris, you both have been through a lot in recent years. I hope you find peace and comfort as time passes.

Paul Hoffman says:

There are two words that immediately came to mind when I heard the sad news of Martha dying: Strength snd Faith. In recent years Martha had many opportunities to demonstrate both – which she did in her own quiet way. I had the pleasure of spending a few days of quality time with her when she and Chris came to visit Pebble Beach. We were celebrating her victory overcoming her physical Illness. And we all had such a marvelous time that I will long cherish. There is no doubt that she served her time in purgatory while here in earth and was in the nonstop express lane to heaven last Friday. How appropriate that it was Good Friday and that she shared that in common with her savior and Lord, Jesus Christ, with whom she will Rest In Peace throughout eternity.

Leonard Ferguson says:

Dear Chris and Family,
breaks my heart for your loss of Martha. Her spirit will be seen in hearts and eyes of your family. What a wonderful lady mother and wife she was. God Bless and know that I am praying for you all.

Robert Gruner says:

My sincerest condolences for you and your family. I am sure that Martha is in the comfort of our Lord. My prayers are with you and yours.

Tandy and Ellen Lofland says:

Dear Chris,
The world has lost a beautiful light. We are comforted by memories made during a friendship lasting over forty years. It was a joy and privilege to have Martha as a friend. Her grace, determination and goodness are inspirational. We are grateful to have been her friends. Our condolences to your family.

Nancy and Jim Wolf says:

Nancy and I are so sorry for your loss. Martha was a truly kind and generous person and we know she will missed by all. I am so glad that we had the opportunity to be will her on several occasions in recent months.

Tom & Susan Herring says:

I first met Martha when she and Chris first started dating so many years ago.It was clear from the beginning that Chris had found the love of his life. Martha’s strong faith and Christian character soon transformed Chris into a devoted and loving husband and father. Truly God worked through and blessed Martha and Chris to build a marriage and family based on faith and love. Martha, you will be sorely missed by all of those who love and have known you. Godspeed. Love, Tom & Susan Herring

Douglas Stahl says:

My deepest condolences to you the kids and the entire family. Martha was such a kind and loving person. I will always remember her love and generosity for you, the kids and many in the Kingwood community.

John Wallace says:

Chris, king David teaches us in psalms 4:1 that “God enlarges is when we are in distress “! Oh what a large wonderful presence Martha must be in the ‘ Kindom of heaven’ even now! Let us remember also that your present sufferings works for you a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory! 11 Cor. 4:17. May God’s peace be upon you my friend!

Brenda Habeck says:

I’m so sorry for your loss. Martha was a beautiful woman, inside and out. I am so thankful for her friendship with my mom. I know they are having a great time reuniting in heaven.

Our prayers are with your family.

The Habeck Family

Jim Jaskovsky says:

We only had the pleasure of being with Marty the one time we stayed with you, but we could tell what a terrific person she was by the changes we saw in you. Draw strength from your family and all of your friends who have you in our prayers.

Do Manning says:

I will miss my beloved friend of 26 years. We shared lots of laughter, tears, deaths of our beautiful parents and many more things. We shared daughters together also for all these years through thick and thin. No one will ever replace you my dear sweet Martha. I will love you forever. I enjoyed our last few conversations through this horrible virus. I will miss by you forever. Love Diane

Frank Busch says:

Dear Chris and Family I was so saddened to hear of Marth’s death. Please know you are and have been in my thoughts and prayers.

Steven Rau says:

I will miss the mischievous glimmer in Martha’s eye. She was truely Chris’s match. 🙂 My condolences to both families. Steve Rau.

jim merrell says:

I was so sad to learn of Martha’s passing.
My sincerest condolences.

Brenda Siebert says:

God has gained another angel!Martha was always a genuine caring person. She touched many lives and will be greatly missed by all. I am fortunate to have shared many laughs and good times together. RIP Martha! Gone but not forgotten~

Rick and Sandy Shoupe says:

Chris we are so sorry for you and your family. Even though We didn’t know her well , she was kind and cheerful every time I saw her. No doubt the lord has a beautiful flower added to his garden. Hope to see you soon.

Mariann Zukowski says:

I am so sad to hear of Martha’s passing. We met through our boys at Willow Creek Elementary and stayed in touch through our shared faith at St. Martha’s. I will always remember Martha’s sense of humor and her “can do” attitude! She was a joy to so many who knew her. My thoughts and prayers will be with you through this time.

Lynn and Gary Ketelsen says:

We are both saddened by Martha’s passing.
We never got a chance to know her well. We were blessed when Chris and Marty joined us for a visit that included spending a few days in Santa Cruz. We enjoyed our moments together and Marty’s laughter filled the air often.
Our prayers and thoughts go out to Chris and the family.

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