Martha Sue deLaBruere, 59
Fri, 09/15/2017 - 3:41pm admin
Nov. 7, 1957 —
Sept. 13, 2017
Lime Springs - Martha Sue deLaBruere, age 59, formerly of Lime Springs, Iowa, died surrounded by friends and family on Sept. 13, 2017 from a brain tumor.
Because she had deep-rooted friendships in many places, there will be two locations for a Celebration of Martha Sue’s Life. Midwest friends will gather on Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 1-4 p.m. (program at 3 p.m.) at Forestville State Park near Spring Valley, Minn. East coast friends will gather Saturday, April 21, 2018 at the Exeter home of Andrea and John Richards from 1-3 p.m.
Paper notes may be mailed to Charles McDaniel and Marcia Naber, P.O. Box 476, Houston, MN 55943.
If you wish to memorialize Martha Sue in some way, she suggested a donation to her favorite public libraries in Spring Valley, Lime Springs or Exeter.
She was born Nov. 7, 1957 in Exeter, N.H. to Louis Hector and Anne Fox deLaBruere.
Martha Sue graduated from Exeter High School in 1975. She received paralegal certification from the University of New Hampshire and enjoyed a successful career with positions at Rockingham County Register of Deeds, Casassa & Ryan, Baudler, Maus & Blahnik and most recently retired from the State of Minnesota Public Defender’s Office in Rochester, Minn.
She was married to Chas McDaniel of Hampton, N.H. for 20 years, and they have a son, Charles. In 1997, she and Charles moved west from New Hampshire to Minnesota and Iowa.
A love of open spaces and animals directed Martha Sue’s interests, and she helped farm near Lime Springs, with Lowell Bigalk and ultimately on her own small hobby farm. She raised kittens, sheep, chickens, bulls, goats and ground hogs. She helped harvest soybeans and corn. She was active in the communities she lived in and often planned social events where friends could gather. She loved to travel, especially trips to the Grand Tetons and Central Europe.
She is survived by her son, Charles McDaniel of Waseca, Minn. and two grandchildren, Cash Parker McDaniel of Spring Valley and Veda Jo McDaniel of Waseca. She is also survived by one brother, Louis J. deLaBruere of Juneau, Alaska, and four sisters, Andrea (John) Richards and Cathy (Jim) McDougall of New Hampshire and Marcia (Ron) Naber and Michele (Ivie) Popplewell of Minnesota.
She loved her many nieces, nephews and cousins. Mike and Norma Geanoulis of New Castle, N.H. and Don and Patty Hoyt of Ocala, Fla. were also part of her extended family.
She is preceded in death by her infant daughter, Sarah; one sister, Mary Lou Hoyt; her parents; and her partner, Lowell Bigalk of Lime Springs.