Martha was born on Aug. 18, 1917, in Princeton, Ore., to William and Hazel (White) Grant. She graduated from Condon High School. Martha then married Bill Hicks and started a family.
She cooked in many restaurants in Prineville and northeast Oregon. Beginning in 1950, Martha sold insurance and real estate for four years. She then became a housewife and an Avon saleswoman for 40 years, until she retired.
Martha met and married the love of her life, Ray Chichester, in 1953. They lived a rich and happy life together until his passing in 1991. She loved her family and enjoyed taking care of them. Martha had an avid sense of humor.
She was a member of the BPOE Elks Lodge #1814, a past president of the Eagles Lodge #2555, and a past president of Rotana.
Martha is survived by her two sons, Darrel (Joanne) Hicks of Prineville, and Sidney (Lucinda Metlock) Chichester of Prineville; daughter, Ramona Derrick of Prineville; 12 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and 15 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Chichester, her parents, three brothers, a sister, and a grandson.
Contributions may be made to the Humane Society of the Ochocos, 1280 S.W. Tom McCall Road, Prineville, OR 97754, or a charity of your choice.
Whispering Pines Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.