Martha Pohl, 73, of Dittmer, Mo., died Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at her home. She was born Nov. 24, 1941, and raised by her grandparents Andrew and Cora Vandergriff in Fredericktown.
She married David Pohl Sept. 8, 1962. They met on a blind date and were married over 50 years.
Mrs. Pohl was preceded in death by her sister Dorothy Hasty; brother Harry Vandergriff; in-laws Charles and Rose Pohl; her favorite dog Max; and favorite horse Scout.
Survivors include her husband David; children Greg Pohl, Tim Pohl, Tracy (Dino) Willis, Gary (Billie) Pohl, and Tiffany (Jeremy) Crowe; grandchildren Steven Pohl, Andrew Pohl, Chardais and Chris Nelson, Dyimon and Stephanie Bastien, Justin and Kriz-Ann Willis, Garrett Willis, Dylan Pohl, Erica Crowe, and Bradyn Crowe; great-grandchildren Braydin, Chris, Jayden, Brady, Aiden; brother Huey (Rinda) Vandergriff; sister-in-law Ida Vandergriff; her dog Sunny, and cat, Lizzie.
In 1980, Martha began her career as a Walmart associate, first setting up the newly constructed Walmart store in House Springs, Mo., then continuing to hold several positions there until her retirement 26 years later, in 2006. Throughout her years there, she forged many very special, lifelong friendships with fellow associates. After her retirement, one of her most enjoyable past-times was the various outings taken with those dear friends.
Upon retirement, Martha began volunteering her time to rehabilitate animals at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic in High Ridge, Mo. She was a valued volunteer and admired for her cool and calm demeanor handling and feeding all the various wild animals. The baby skunks were especially her favorites. There, too, Martha gained many warm and special friendships.
Martha loved animals and people of all walks of life. She thoroughly enjoyed owning and riding horses and spoiling her dogs. She was a huge St. Louis Cardinals fan, even traveling with her husband to spring training to watch her beloved team play. Dave and Martha enjoyed traveling together and had the opportunity to take some incredible trips through the Eagle Bank. Martha cherished her family and couldn’t pass up any opportunity to brag on them, especially about her grandchildren.
A Funeral Mass was held June 9 at Our Lady Queen of Peace in House Springs, Mo. A Funeral procession immediately followed to Valhalla Cemetery in St. Louis. Arrangements handled by Chapel Hill Mortuary in Cedar Hill.