GREENHILL, MARTHA SHUFORD (1917 ~ 2018). The following is an obituary for Martha Greenhill, spouse of Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Joe Greenhill. The obituary was provided by Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home of Austin.
Martha Shuford Greenhill, known to many as "GG," passed away on May 2nd, 2018 at the age of 100. She was the devoted wife of Judge Joe Greenhill, and a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
Martha was born August 25, 1917 in Tyler, Texas. She was the daughter of Harry D. Shuford and Alla Mae "Bright Rose" Duke, and sister to her two brothers, Harry and Bill. At age 16, she attended Tyler Junior College, where she was elected to Phi Theta Kappa, and was the Princess of Tyler's first Rose Festival. She went on to attend the University of Texas from 1936-1938 as a Phi Theta Kappa and Phi Lamba Theta, honorary. She graduated with a B.A., Cum Laude at age 20.
After college, she taught elementary school at Becker and John B. Winn. She married Judge Joe Greenhill on June 15th, 1940. They were married for 70 years, residing in the same Austin home since 1945.
Martha loved St. David's Church in Austin. An active member there, she taught Sunday school, served on the altar guild, and in many other volunteer positions. Outside of St. David's, she was a founding member of the Austin Wives Club and an organizing member of the Women's Symphony League. She was involved with the Settlement Club and Junior League, working with children in the Cerebral Palsy Center.
Martha liked pink, pound cake, and Miss Piggy. She adored bridge, crossword puzzles, and her Bible study fellowship. She was a prolific letter writer. She made friends wherever she went and loved her family fiercely.
Martha is survived by her two sons, Joe Greenhill, Jr. and William D. Greenhill, and her daughter-in-law, Ann Greenhill. She will be missed by her grandchildren, Emily Greenhill Pierce, Duke Greenhill, Frank Greenhill, and Joe Greenhill V and his wife Melissa, by her great-grandchildren Elliott, Violet, James, and Joe; by her nephews, Harry and David Shuford, and her grandnieces, Rebecca Shuford and Virginia Freire. We love you, GG.
A memorial service will be held at 2:30pm at St. David's Episcopal Church, 301 East 8th Street in Austin, on Tuesday, May 8th. There will be a reception in the Parish Hall following the memorial service.
In lieu of flowers, Martha requested that donations be made to St. David's Episcopal Church, 301 East 8th Street, Austin, TX 78701; The Gladney Center for Adoption, Development Department, 300 John Ryan Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76132; or to the Settlement Home for Children, 1600 Payton Gin Road, Austin TX 78758.