On Sunday, March 6th, 2022, Martha (Marty) Lynn Stone McCutchen passed away from cancer in her home in Pryor, Oklahoma. She was two weeks away from her 75th birthday.
Marty was born on the Spring Equinox, the first girl and third among 4 siblings born to John and Emily Stone. The family moved numerous times during her childhood, which gave Marty a strong sense of adventure. As an adult, Marty loved road trips and was known for taking the long route if it meant she could spend time with family and loved ones along the way.
Marty’s initial college education was interrupted by a terrible car crash of which she was the sole survivor. She tenaciously returned to finish her degree at Newbury College in teaching. Marty’s first job was as a white teacher in a newly integrated school in the south in the 1960s. These early experiences gave her an enormous empathy for others’ pain and suffering as well as a life-long commitment to social justice.
Marty was an active part of the Pryor community for almost 50 years, raising her 3 children and actively participating in her church community. She was married twice before finding her true companion, Bill McCutchen. Her faith was an integral part of her life, and at age 57, she returned to school and earned her Master’s of Divinity degree from Phillip’s Seminary. She was proud to preside over her own son’s marriage in 2020 and to work through the church on causes such as anti-racism, wellbriety, and prevention of human trafficking.
Marty will be best remembered as a kind and loving soul who created her own path through life, a self-described introvert who approached life with an open heart. She loved to read anything and everything, enjoyed playing card and board games, and was an avid knitter, giving away most of her projects. Marty’s deep humanity showed in all she did, from her activist focus on the relief of suffering and oppression to the pleasure she took in swimming with her grandsons. Marty truly treasured her friends and family.
Marty is survived by her loving husband Bill; children Budd (spouse Ica), Jill (John) and Ivan (Daniella); stepdaughter Sara; grandsons Austin, Armor and Marcel; and siblings David (Ann), Pete (Susan), Alison (Bruce).
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 19th, 2022 at 2pm at the First Christian Presbyterian Church in Pryor; reception to follow. The family would gratefully receive flowers for the memorial service; in her will Marty made bequests to the Reconciliation Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), https://disciples.org/resources/justice/acts-of-reconciliation and the White Bison organization: https://whitebison.org/.