MESA, Arizona – Martha Jane Byrket of Mesa, Arizona passed away on December 7, 2021.
She was born in Danville on September 1, 1964, to R. Thomas and Diane Ellis Byrket, who survived.
Her sister Leigh Anne Sutherlin from San Diego also survived; Brother Steven from Los Angeles; Nephew, Jacob Sutherlin of San Diego; and several aunts, cousins, many loving friends and their tortoiseshell-colored calico cat “Angel”.
Marty attended Roselawn Grade School, North Ridge Junior High School, and Danville High School, which she graduated from in 1982. She then began secondary education at Patricia Stevens Career College in St. Louis, followed by a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Arizona State University at Tempe in 1990. She recently completed a professional certificate program in Health Insurance Billing and Coding on September 2021 Graduated from Brookline College.
Growing up in Danville, I worked at the Custard Cup for several years and taught line dance at Danville Area Community College. After working in this field for several years, she returned to Arizona and began her long career as an insurance insurer. Her plans were to change her job and to switch to the medical field in one of the local children’s hospitals.
Marty was a talented pianist, singer, dancer, photographer, and artist, not only during school days but at Mesa too. She and her brother Steven enjoyed performing and performing at The Contemporaries at Danville High School during their student days, as well as on other musical occasions, both domestically and abroad.
She was a member of the Beta Psi Chapter of the Kappa Delta Social Sorority at ASU and Chapter K of the International Sisterhood of PEO. She was a lifelong member of St. James United Methodist Church in Danville.
Marty was known for her loyalty, trustworthiness, and kind and gentle spirit. She always had time to listen and loved talking on the phone and “solving world problems”. It was great fun baking Christmas cookies with Marty and playing and singing on the piano during the holidays. Whenever she hugged you, she would stroke your back with her sweet, gentle hands the whole time. She was smart, quick to grasp, and loved saying “next” instead of thinking long and hard about something that shouldn’t be. She was also known for saying, “Don’t tame, the minute you do it you’ll stub your toe and everything will fall apart.”
Marty loved walking on the beach, but her greatest joy was captivating the bright and beautiful sunsets of the Arizona desert that held a special place in her heart.
Martha was a beautiful and wonderful daughter and sister who loved her family dearly and whose life will go on forever through us. We are so proud of her.
The arrangements are provided by Sunset Funeral Home, Danville. The visit will take place on Tuesday, January 4th, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The funeral will follow at 11am at the Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 3940 N. Vermilion St., Danville, IL 61834. After the funeral, she will be interred in the mausoleum in Spring Hill Cemetery, where a brief dedication ceremony will be held.
In her honor, memorials can be found at St. James United Methodist Church, 504 N. Vermilion St., Danville, IL 61832; Friends for Life Animal Rescue in Mesa (azfriends.org); Feed My Starving Children (fmsc.org); or another charity of your choice.