Martha Claire Williams Flynn

November 19, 1924 ~ November 25, 2023 (age 99) 99 Years Old

Martha Williams Flynn Obituary

Martha Claire Devoy Williams Flynn, age 99, of Brookfield, died Saturday, November 25, 2023, at Pioneer Skilled Nursing Center in Marceline.

She was born November 19, 1924, in Brookfield to Francis Xavier (F.X.) and Frances Katherine (Tooey) Devoy. On June 4, 1947, she married Henry Williams who preceded her in death in 1988. On August 13, 1994, she married James Flynn who preceded her in death in 2012.

Martha Claire attended Immaculate Conception Catholic School and graduated from Brookfield High School in 1942. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1946 where she was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority. She was devoted to her family and enjoyed being a stay-at-home mom. When her children were older, she spent her time as a substitute teacher and helped her husband Henry at the family business Tooey’s.

Martha Claire was very active in many organizations in the community including Mutual Improvement Club, Athena Club, Mothers Club, Hannah Hull Chapter DAR and PEO Chapter AG. She also enjoyed playing bridge and was a founding member of High Flyers Bridge Club as a teenager, which she continued to play in until her 90s. She was a lifelong member of the Immaculate Conception Church as well as the Brookfield Country Club. Martha Claire was involved as a leader for her daughters Girl Scout troops and went on to serve as the President of the Becky Thatcher Area Girl Scout Council for several years. 

Survivors include brother, Robert (Clare) Devoy of Brookfield; children, James (Kay) Williams of Brookfield, Janet (Farrell) Smith of Lake Nehai and Kathy (Bill) Dorsey of Brookfield; grandchildren, Sarah Williams of Springfield, Julie (Cameron) Guthrie of Cocoa Beach, Florida, Rob (Mary Jane) Smith of Columbia, Jason (Pam) Smith and Amy Hoff of Ashland, Emilee Roberts of Brookfield, Laura O'Toole of Muscatine, Iowa and Megan Dorsey of St. Louis; great-grandchildren, Kristen (Cameron) Alexander, Rylee Smith, Alyson, Samantha, William and Henry Hoff all of Ashland, Lukas, Rachael and Tessa Smith, Erin and Ava Oliver all of Columbia, Owen Roberts of Brookfield, Dempsey O’Toole of Muscatine, Iowa and Annabelle Guthrie of Cocoa Beach, Florida; great great-grandchildren, Braylin and Gia Alexander of Ashland; step children, Kevin (Genevieve) Flynn and Kathleen (Bruce) Mendenhall both of Kansas City; step grandchildren, Amy (Dan) Mansfield of Kansas City, and Marissa (Johnny) Starke of Burbank, California; step great-grandson, Alexander Mansfield of Kansas City; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family.

Her parents; husbands; sister and brother-in-law, Mary Isabel and Don Shughart; sisters-in-law, Mary Pat Stewart and Julia Ann Keller; and grandson, Chris Roberts preceded her in death.

A funeral mass will be Wednesday, November 29, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church in Brookfield with Father Paschal Ihediohamma officiating, a Rosary will begin at 1:30pm. Burial will follow at St. Michaels Cemetery in Brookfield. Services are under the direction of Wright Funeral Home, Brookfield.

Memorials to Immaculate Conception Church Capital Improvement Fund or Brookfield Country Club for new trees to be planted on the golf course may be left at or mailed to Wright Funeral Home, PO Box 496, Brookfield, MO 64628.

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Rosary Service
November 29, 2023

1:30 PM
Immaculate Conception Church (Brookfield)

Funeral Mass
November 29, 2023

2:00 PM
Immaculate Conception Church
313 North Livingston
Brookfield, MO 64628


Immaculate Conception Improvement Campaign

Brookfield Country Club


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