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Hoad, Martha Emily (Bingham)BA 1946 MEd 1967

D.O.D 02/2013 - Martha “Marty” Emily Hoad was born to Guy and Lillian Bingham on May 23, 1923. An Enid native, she was active in the community from her earliest days, acting in community plays.

She received a B.A. degree from Phillips in 1946 and her M.Ed. in 1967.

While she was a student at Phillips University, Marty attended a USO dance at the Youngblood Hotel, where she met a young Army Air Corp pilot, Fran Hoad, from Buffalo, New York. When Fran went to war, Marty wrote him every week. When he was captured by the Nazis, her letters encouraged him during his long imprisonment. After the war, Fran and Marty married.

Over the next 67 years, Marty and Fran built a home, raised three children, sent them all to college and helped build our community.

Marty taught English at Enid High School for over 20 years and served on boards for Phillips University Alumni Association, Gaslight Theater and Enid Women’s Symphony Auxiliary. She volunteered for the Salvation Army, and after retiring for Enid Public Schools, Marty was an honorary lifetime member of the Garfield County Republican Women.

Marty and Fran were charter members of Willow Road Christian Church. In later years, they belonged to Central Christian Church.

Marty led for her family in many traditions. Her love and effort made holidays and vacations memorable. Fourth of July celebrations were the highlight, with days spent swimming and playing croquet and nights spent creating their own firework show. Marty had great passion for community service.

Marty had three children, Ray Hoad, Alan Hoad, and Jennie O’Neal. She died January 29, 2013.