Martha Bell Pace

Martha Bell Pace, age 89, peacefully passed away at her home in Akinsville, Missouri on February 15, 2021. The youngest of five children, she was born on July 29, 1931, in Fortuna, Missouri to the late George Milburn and Rhetta (Corson) Worley.

On September 10, 1949, she was united in marriage to Robert Pace. The young couple made their home in Kansas City, Kansas and had six children. In 1971, they returned to the Fortuna area.

Martha attended and supported the Glensted and Fortuna United Methodist churches. She was an avid gardener, skilled quilter, ferocious reader, and adored babysitter. Many were blessed by her generous spirit, often receiving a handmade baby quilt, box of lep cookies, gooseberry pie, or an Auntie Bell hug.

She is survived by a son David (wife Rita); daughter Rose; daughter-in-law Mary Beth; “her boys”: grandsons John William, Joseph, Andrew (wife Aimee), Aaron, Allen (fiancé Brandi Hagan) and great-grandsons Tyler and Baby Pace due to arrive in May.

Martha was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, four children: Infant Son (1952), infant Robert Allen (1959), infant Nina Katherine (1962) and Kenneth Wayne (2014). She was also preceded in death by all of her siblings: brothers George, Kenneth, and Burl and sister Rose Fowler.

A celebration of Life was held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 20th, at the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home in Versailles with Reverend Susan McCollegan officiating. The family received friends from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Saturday, at the funeral home. Masks and social distancing were suggested for those attending the service.

Martha’s final resting place will be in the Glensted Cemetery in Glensted, Missouri.

In honor of Martha’s love of reading and the burial place of her infant children, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Price James Library (P.O. Box 187 Tipton, MO 65081) or the Silvey Cemetery (8783 Hwy Z Fortuna, MO 65034).

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Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.