2010/06/12 - Mrs. Margaret Gerig Martin
Mrs. Margaret Gerig Martin
On Wednesday, June 1, long-time supporter of the Boys and Girls Club of Gregg County, Mrs. Margaret Martin was honored as the 2011 Champion for Youth at the organization’s annual luncheon. The building which houses the club was built, in part, through the generosity of Martin Resources, Inc., the company founded by Mrs. Martin’s husband, Mr. R. S. Martin, Jr., now deceased.
The Boys & Girls Club is a place where children of all walks of life come together to have fun and learn to be caring and responsible citizens. The programs at the club are geared towards this universal goal so today's kids can become tomorrow's leaders.
“This honor should really go to my son, Ruben Martin III, (as) he instigates our benevolence,” Mrs. Martin said. “I am very honored to receive this honor and hope I have contributed to East Texas’ well being.”
Mrs. Martin has been a member of both the Evergreen Garden Club and the Coterie Club. She served on the board of trustees for the Kilgore Independent School District (KISD), was president of the Parent Teacher Association, and selected for the KISD Hall of Fame. Mrs. Martin was the founder of Meals on Wheels and co-founder of the Paula Martin Jones Center with her son and husband. For many years she volunteered at the East Texas Treatment Center and has served the Longview Interfaith Hospitality Network as a dinner hostess.
Mrs. Martin said of her philosophy of volunteerism, “The Lord put me here to be a wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, to help make this world a better place and to do for others.”
Originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, Mrs. Martin has been a resident of Kilgore for 60 years and enjoys being so close to Longview where her son lives. She graduated from Arkadelphia High School in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, and obtained her bachelor’s degree at the University of Arkansas. Mrs. Martin met her husband at the university and they were married 52 years before his death in 1999. They have three adult children, two sons, Ruben Martin III, and Scott Martin, and daughter Paula Martin Jones, deceased in 1990. Mrs. Martin is an active member of First Presbyterian Church of Kilgore, where she has taught Sunday school, served as an Elder, and been involved in numerous women’s organizations serving as both president and secretary.
“I enjoy being a part of East Texas and Longview’s wonderful entertainment at LeTourneau and other advantages. I am especially proud of the Paula Martin Jones Center we bought in memory of our daughter, Paula. Most of all, I enjoy making a difference in other’s lives,” Mrs. Martin said.