Marsha Louise Martin

Marsha L. Martin

August 31, 1946 – January 9, 2022


Marsha Martin’s full life of love and service was peacefully realized on January 9, 2022 in Leavenworth, Kansas.


Marsha was born on August 31, 1946, in Osawatomie, Kansas to Wayman and Vivian (Vann) Johnson.


She is survived by her significant other, Drew Cason of Kansas City, Mo., three sisters, Diana Johnson (Dale Bajema); Sharon Stovall (Tom Stovall); Marva Kimball; one brother, La Van Johnson; a host of nieces and nephews, and many other relatives and friends.  Marsha didn’t have children of her own, but she was a second “Mom” to so many of those nieces and nephews, and other young people in her orbit.  She was genuine.  She was kind.  She was an anchor.  She was, and always will be loved by them all.


Marsha was preceded in death by her parents and four siblings, Dorla Sullivan, Shirley Floyd, Lewis Johnson and Dickie Johnson.


Marsha was a free spirit all her life; she lived and worked in several states over the years – Kansas, Illinois, California, Northern Virginia, Georgia and Missouri.  She enjoyed different experiences and new ideas; she wrote two books that were submitted to editors and publishers, for which she received considerable encouragement and interest.  She was very creative and artistic, in several different venues.


Marsha was always active in her community.  She was involved with the American Legion Post 94 in Leavenworth, KS for a number of years where she held a variety of important volunteer and elected positions.  She developed many long-time relationships with members of the Post, their families and others.


Marsha was employed in Lawrence, KS with CETA (Comprehensive Employment and Training ACT), at Two Rivers Psychiatric Hospital in Kansas City, MO at BSKB (IPL) in Northern Virginia.  She worked as a bartender at a number of establishments in Kansas and Missouri.


She loved family gatherings, picnics, any get together to visit and check on everything and everyone.  Let’s not overlook her love for bingo.


Marsha loved to travel, especially to the Pacific NW and the Washington, D.C. Metro Area – but more than anything she loved traveling to “Round-ups” and “Anniversary Parties” all over the country with her beloved Zodiacs MC, located in Kansas City, MO.  She absolutely treasured her more than 45-year association with them.  They are truly her second family.

Marsha was liked and loved by all with who she came in contact.

We all are better because she was here.

Charitable donations may be made in Marsha’s name to a charity of your choice and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

Services will be held

10:00 a.m. Thursday, January 20, 2022

9th Street Missionary Baptist Church

847 Ohio

Lawrence, Kansas

Inurnment will be held at Mapleton Cemetery in Mapleton, Kansas.

7 Condolences

  1. Stacey Smiley on January 17, 2022 at 2:49 pm

    Auntie Marsh
    you always treated me with so much love, and many fun times. i will definitely miss your loving smile and that laugh. I’m glad your no longer struggling with any illness, and i know your up in the heavens having a good time with who have been there waiting. i know your at peace and we will truly miss you!! Love you Auntie Marsh, RIHP!!!!
    Stacey Walker-Smiley

  2. Isaac and Vanessa Johnston on January 17, 2022 at 5:20 pm

    To the family of Ms Marsha Martin. You all have our sincere condolences at this time of sorrow. Ms Marsha will be truly missed.

  3. Kim R. Wrench on January 17, 2022 at 10:07 pm

    Dear Family,

    I am so sorry to hear about the passing of my cousin Marsha. Please know that my thoughts are with you all and may God continue to bless our family even in our times of great sorrow.

    Cousin Mr. Kim R. Wrench
    Kansas City, Mo

  4. Claudette Ross on January 18, 2022 at 7:53 am

    My condolences to all that knew and loved Marsha. She will be missed and remembered by many. God Bless

  5. Justine Burton on January 19, 2022 at 10:41 am

    Hey Marsha Martin,
    We have been friends since we were kids. We had lots of good times together too many to mention but, a lot to remember. Boy, this was a big blow. You are always in my heart. A toast to you, for the good times.

  6. Gloria Johnson on January 20, 2022 at 1:05 am

    I would like to express my heartfelt condolences to the family. Marsha was a beautiful person with a fun loving personality, a big heart, and just pure genuine. I will cherish crossing her path way back when.
    Rest In Peace my friend.
    Louise johnson

  7. Crown Royal's Motorcycle Club, Bruce Burgett Jr. on January 20, 2022 at 9:42 am

    We, the members of the Crown Royal’s Motorcycle Club pause today to offer our heartfelt sympathy. Marsha will always be remembered for the way she loved and supported us. Her energy will remain with us for eternity. May it comfort you to know that she will be missed and we certainly share in your sorrow.

    Bruce Burgett, Jr., President
    Crown Royal’s Motorcycle Club
    Kirkwood (St. Louis County), Missouri

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