Martha “Marty” Ann Strait

Martha “Marty” Ann Strait of Lawrence, Kansas passed away Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at her home surrounded by her family.

Marty was born March 23, 1948 in Hutchinson, KS the daughter of George G. and Loraine (Chrisman) Dwyer.

She married Ronald “Ron” Strait January 20, 1968 in Hutchinson. He survives of the home.

She attended Emporia State where she received her Master’s in Education.

She was a school teacher for 36 years at USD 343 in Perry, KS until she retired in 2012.

Other survivors include one daughter, Catherine Flynn (Paul), Lawrence; one son, Jason Strait (Tricia DeGraff), Kansas City, MO; three grandchildren; and one brother, Jim Dwyer.

No formal memorial is planned but private family services will be held at a later date and time


11 Condolences

  1. Kathy foster on May 22, 2015 at 8:54 am

    So sorry to hear of Marty’s death. My sympathy goes to her family.

  2. Paula Kellogg and family on May 22, 2015 at 9:01 am

    I join Gordie, Molly and Daniel (Sailors) in sending our sympathy to you and your family. Marty was a big part of the Perry Lecompton family for so many years and I know her death has touched so many of us.
    I will always remember how she moved from teaching first graders to middle schoolers with no problem. I also marveled at her ability of turning fabric into wonderful creations.
    -Paula Kellogg

  3. Jaclyn Hackathorn (Kent) on May 22, 2015 at 9:38 am

    I am so sorry to hear of Marti’s passing. She was a tough cookie in middle school – didn’t let me talk in class whenever I wanted to. But man she had a shoulder to cry on whenever I wanted to. She was our dance coach in high school. We had gatherings at her house and loved her mickey mouse bathroom! We helped at her daughter’s wedding reception and then danced after the work was done. At camp, when I hurt my back (turned out it scared me more than injured it), she took me to the hospital and stayed with me the whole time. What a wonderful teacher and person.

  4. marion and marcia roberts on May 22, 2015 at 10:46 am

    Marcia and I are so very sad to hear of this loss to our shared world. We remember so many wonderful times shared together with her in high school and drum corps. I am so sad that our lives did not weave closer together since we were all here in Lawrence. Know our thoughts are with you and your family.


  5. Amber Pearson on May 22, 2015 at 10:55 am

    Ms. Strait was one of the best teachers in the middle school. She was tough with us, but that meant she cared. We had so much fun in her classroom.

  6. jennie brickey on May 22, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of mrs straights passing she was one of the toughest but best teachers i have ever had the pleasure of knowing. She will be greatly missed.

  7. Mary K. Hurd and family on May 22, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    I met Marty when I first began working at PLMS and soon we became co-sponsors of the PLHS dance team. We had a lot of fun with the girls together and spent countless hours together. She was a very patient, kind and hard working woman! Not to mention we learned that we shared some common ground of both being ex drum corps alum! She will be missed by all. May she rest in peace! Mary, Abbigail and Kameron Hurd

  8. Amy, Tanner, and Nicholas on May 22, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    Sending our prayers and thoughts to family. We did not have the pleasure of personally knowing Mrs.Strait , but in knowing Catherine, Paul, and Andrew, it is obvious what a caring, generous, and beautiful person she must have been. Blessings to her family during this difficult time. XOXO

  9. Vicki Gantz on May 22, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    Sorry for your loss. It was great knowing her. Know that people are thinking of your family.

  10. Chris Lemmon on May 23, 2015 at 10:13 am

    I am so Sorry for your loss. Jason, your mother was always very proud of you when I would see her at the games.

  11. Joy Baker on May 23, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    Marty guided me through my first year of teaching and is the reason that I am a dedicated teacher today. In addition, she was a true friend. Moreover, the affected the lives of so many kids.

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