Martha Ann Arnold Land Hover, 85, of Amarillo, TX died on Friday, September 11, 2020.
Services will be at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 17, 2020 at Washington Avenue Christian Church. Jim Shelburne, senior pastor at WACC will officiate. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Mrs. Hover was born and raised in Independence, Kansas on June 11, 1935 to Geneva and Albert Arnold of Independence. She moved to Wichita, Kansas after completing her education.
She was married to Frank Wendell Land in 1954. They have two sons, Stephen E. Land and Bradley Dell Land.
In 1964, she married George W. Hover in San Sebastian, New Mexico. They lived in Las Vegas, New Mexico, Dalhart, Palacios and Amarillo, Texas. George and Martha were married 48 years.
She was a member of Washington Avenue Christian Church where she attended Thee Fellowship Class. She was a life-member of Beta Sigma Phi and represented her chapter as Valentine Sweetheart and was chosen as Outstanding Woman. In 1986-87 she was honored as Citywide Preceptor Outstanding Woman. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, where she served as Worthy Matron in Palacios, Texas, as Worthy Matron of Bonita Chapter #187 twice, and in various other offices and committees at the local and state levels. At the time of her death she was a member of Amarillo Chapter #787. She served as Queen at Daughters of the Nile Avihk Temple No. 70 in 2007-2008. Over the years, Martha volunteered in many community projects such as The Amarillo Little Theater, hospital, and chili cook-offs. She enjoyed doing for others who needed support or a smile.
Employed as a telephone operator, sales clerk, teacher-aide, bookkeeper, bank and hospital customer service representative, and church secretary, Martha was a “jack of all trades, master of none.” She often had to learn a new trade because of her many moves due to her husband’s employment. She took continuing education courses in Computer Science at Amarillo College to stay current with new technologies.
Preceding her in death are her husband, George; her parents; three brothers, David Eugene Arnold, Albert Allen Arnold, and Earl Hankins; and two sisters, Mary Duree, and Donna Parker.
She is survived by her two sons and their wives, Steve and Dianna Land of Boquette, Panama, and Brad and Angela Land of Canyon, Texas; grandchildren, Amanda Fazzino and husband Phillip Fazzino, J.T. Land, Brett Land and wife Lindsie Land, Casey Wallis and husband Travis Wallis, and Ryan Land; great-grandchildren Luke and Siena Fazzino, and West and Navie Land; and sister-in-law, Pat Arnold.
Martha’s body will rest next to George’s at Memory Garden on the Canyon Expressway. She asked that memorials be made to Washington Avenue Christian Church Family Service Center, Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch and Girls Town Affiliates.