Martha Jane Squire

Honored by:Debra Dietzman
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Martha Jane Squire delights in growing things. She has raised two children, tended flower gardens and young trees, taught kindergartners the wonder of God’s love, and helped others discover their own gift for teaching. As she retires to begin a new phase of her life, her children, Debra and Mark, and her husband, John, honor her as a heroine to them and to the many people whose lives she has touched thus far.

Much of Martha's life has focused on family. Born in 1928 to Polly and Henry Dloughy, she and a younger brother, Robert, grew up in Waterloo, Iowa. Her early years gave her an independent mind, a deep sense of fairness, and a fierce loyalty to her principles. She graduated from Iowa State University in 1951 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Art. The commitment to excellence she found there continues to inspire her. After graduation, she worked as a staff artist for WOI-TV in the pioneering days of educational television. She married John Robert Squire, another Iowa State graduate, in 1955.

Trained as a teacher, Martha shared her knowledge of art and sewing joyfully with youth and adults alike. Her second career as a Christian educator grew from dedication to God, her love of children, and her desire to make a difference for people.

Martha seeks beauty in all things. Her artistic sense graces the meals she prepares, the celebrations she plans, and the home she created. She values deep friendships and moments of quiet reflection. She takes time for people, sharing tears and laughter alike. She experiences life intensely and faces challenges bravely. By the example she lives and the efforts she has made, Martha Squire has touched lives and shaped spirits, a true heroine.

Proverbs 31:28 -- "Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.

Submitted on 4/27/94