Martha Bishop FeatherstoneFeatherstone, Martha


Martha Nell “Bubba” Bishop Featherstone, 92, died at home November 7, surrounded by family. She was born January 23, 1924, in Corinth, MS, to James Cicero and Alma Gertrude Timmons Bishop.

Upon graduating from the Mississippi State College for Women at the close of World War II, she accepted a teaching position in Indianola, MS. She additionally served as a stewardess on a DC-10, flying between Atlanta and Chicago with Delta Airlines. In 1946 after a brief courtship, she married Robert Wesley “Wes” Featherstone, her husband of 63 years. Together, they lived in more than six states, moving multiple times as Wes developed a successful career in the oil and gas industry.

Regardless of the circumstances or location of their home, Martha’s life was characterized by her favorite verse, Philippians 4:8: Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.

Strong, loyal, humorous, wise, competitive, gentle and spiritual, she was the very model of a steel magnolia long before the term existed.

She loved her many friends who shared her passion for sewing and knitting, especially the members of the Edmond Sew Club. She volunteered for many years with Edmond Mobile Meals and was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Edmond, serving in women’s leadership.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister Alma McLain; brother James C. Bishop; her husband, and her daughter Martha Susan Kilpatrick.

She is survived by her children Rob Featherstone and Marion Featherstone Ahlers and her husband Stefan Ahlers. She is also survived by her grandchildren Kate Kilpatrick; Jeff (Emily Fortuna) Kilpatrick; Jessica (Dan) Sargent; Caroline Featherstone; David Ahlers; Mattias Ahlers, and by her great-grandchildren, Wesley Sargent and Cicely Sargent.

A brief graveside service under the direction of Matthews Funeral home will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, November 23 at Memorial Park Cemetery.

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