Martha Binion went peacefully to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, October 2, 2022 at age 91. She was born to H.V. and Bessie Miller in Smackover, Arkansas on December 6, 1930 and grew up in Shreveport, LA, along with her two older sisters. At age 14 she moved to Commerce, TX, to live with her sister, Mary Linn, and study piano. She finished high school in Commerce and then attended East Texas State Teachers College, graduating in 1948 at the age of 18. There in Commerce she met John Binion, and they were married on April 6, 1950. They lived in Dallas where she taught music at William Lipscomb Elementary School while John was studying at Southwestern Medical School. After his graduation they moved to Boston, MA; Bethesda, MD; and Birmingham, AL, where John did more medical training and research. Their two children, Becky and Eric, were born during their years in Maryland and Alabama. In June, 1957, John and Martha moved back to Dallas where John began his practice of internal medicine at Baylor Hospital. They lived the rest of their lives in Dallas, finishing at Presbyterian Village North. When John died in 2012 they had been married for almost 62 years.
Martha was a church organist for twelve years and continued to play the piano and accompany choirs and other groups up to the last year of her life. She loved memorizing Scripture, teaching the Bible, going on short-term mission trips all over the world, mentoring other women, parenting, grandparenting, and great-grandparenting. Her family could not have wished for a more loving and encouraging wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She loved her family and friends, was a great conversationalist, and had the gift of hospitality.
One of the highlights of her life was when on a ski trip with friends she was thinking about the Bible studies she had been attending and the Scriptures she had been memorizing. She realized for the first time that she was the sinner for whom Christ died. She wrote, “I thanked Him for dying for me and told Him that I wanted my life to glorify Him. Since that experience my life has changed. His Word became powerful and my relationships with people became different. Even though I have failed Him many times, He has remained faithful.”
Martha was preceded in death by her parents, H.V. and Bessie Miller, her sisters, Mary Linn Caraway and Betty Jane Loeb, and her husband, John. She is survived by her two children and their spouses, Becky and Chuck Hendricks of Dallas and Eric and Susan Binion of Hilton, South Africa, and by her eleven grandchildren, eighteen great-grandchildren and sister-in-law, Rayline Binion, of Fort Worth.
Martha will be buried in the family plot at Rosemound Cemetery in Commerce, Texas, The memorial service will be held at Grace Bible Church, 11306 Inwood Road, Dallas, TX, 75229, at 2:00 PM on Monday, October 17.
Memorials may be given to:
Grace Bible Church 11306 Inwood Road, Dallas, TX 75229
Presbyterian Village North Foundation, 8600 Skyline Drive, Dallas, TX 75243
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