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Martha Delsman  - Bidwell Funeral Home of St. Anthony, Idaho
Martha Delsman

    Martha Rose Feuz was born September 16, 1919 on the Feuz homestead at Elk, Wyoming, the eighth of ten children born to Swiss immigrants Gottfried “Fred” Feuz and Caroline Durtschi Feuz.

With her brothers and sisters Martha helped maintain the family as they worked the land, tended house and garden, and raised beef and chickens. The Feuz children attended school in the one-room schoolhouse at Elk. Gottfried and Martha’s older brothers found work for themselves and their teams of horses on the construction of the Jackson Lake Dam. The family left at home sold eggs, milk, and butter to add to the family income.

After completing the eighth grade at Elk, Martha boarded out in Jackson while she attended high school. In 1935, at sixteen years of age, she graduated in the third graduation class from Jackson-Wilson High School. Encouraged by her parents and her older sisters, she attended business college in Tacoma, Washington, again working for her board and room.

Returning to Jackson, she worked for a brief time at the Jackson Drug before marrying James Alva “Jim” Macy in 1938. Caroline Ruth, their first child, was born in 1939. Then came James Robert “Jimmy” in 1941 and Mary Anne in 1945. Martha and Jim divorced in 1951, and Martha became a single parent, solely responsible for the well being of her three children. She supported the family with various jobs in Jackson-bookkeeping, bank teller, motel maid, and meat cutter-sometimes working two or more part-time jobs at the same time. While working as a bookkeeper at the Jackson Hole Light & Power, she met Ben Delsman, who was a lineman for the company.

On December 18, 1955, Martha and Ben were married at the Chapel of the Transfiguration at Moose, Wyoming. Thus began another chapter in the lives of Martha and her children. Together, Ben and Martha traveled throughout much of the United States, shared camping, hiking and canoeing, and continued rearing and educating the three children. With their assistance Caroline and Mary Anne graduated from the University of Wyoming, and Jim and his wife Lee set up a business.

During these years Martha successfully campaigned for the office of County Treasurer of Teton County, Wyoming, an office which she held for twelve years. Following this work, she sold life insurance in the Jackson area until 1967 when she and Ben moved to Walla Walla, Washington, where Ben was employed by Pacific Power and Light. During the next few years they lived in Portland, Hood River, and Albany, Oregon, before moving to St. Anthony, Idaho, in 1988 to be near family.

Throughout her working years and later, Martha was a true homemaker. Her sewing skills manifested in everyday and party dresses for her daughters, plaid wool shirts for Ben, Jim and her sons-in-laws and play clothes for her grandchildren. She always served lovely canned fruit, homemade bread, and desserts to her family and guests. In each of their homes Martha generated ideas for home improvement and Ben made them happen. They moved walls, added rooms and built shelves and more shelves to store their collections. While in Albany, Martha studied and became a Master Gardener. Working together, Martha and Ben created lovely flower and vegetable gardens at their homes in Oregon and in St. Anthony.

In 2007, health problems began to dominate their lives, and Ben made the decision to move to Fairwinds Retirement Community in Idaho Falls. As his health failed in May, 2010, Ben encouraged the family to move Martha to nearby Mt. Vernon assisted living. Ben succumbed to lung cancer on June 25, 2010.

Martha was preceded in death by her parents, nine siblings, husband Ben, and son Jim Macy. To her survivors, Caroline and James Neubauer, Mary Anne Macy and Gregg Chance, Jim?s wife Lee Macy, four grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren, she leaves a legacy of faith, commitment to family, clever humor, perseverance, a well-honed work ethic, and the value of education.

Martha was at peace as she neared death. Though failing in health, she voiced how richly blessed she felt. She frequently reached out in love to her cherished children and grandchildren and expressed gratitude for the tender care rendered by the caregivers at Mt. Vernon and by Rhonda Sanchez and Dorothy Barker.

Funeral services will be held at the Bidwell Funeral Home in St. Anthony, on Friday, January 7, at 12:00 noon with Rev. Gred Lindsay of the Ashton United Methodist Church, conducting. Family will receive friends one hour prior to services Burial will be in the West End Cemetery near Buhl, Idaho.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to the Idaho Youth Ranch, 478 Shoup Ave, Idaho Falls, ID 83402 or to the St. John?s Hospital Foundation, Box 488, Jackson, WY 83001.

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