Martha Lee Jones Dobbs was born on April 6, 1931 in Grand Saline, Texas to Cecil Loyd Jones and Maybelle Glee Demay. She was the oldest of three children, with a younger sister, Pat Louise Daniels and a brother, Bobby Loyd Jones.
She was raised in Oak Cliff for most of her childhood and teenage years where she attended Greiner Jr High and Sunset High School. It was in Oak Cliff at the age of 13 that she first saw Robert Gaston Dobbs standing on the street corner on Jefferson and Tyler laughing with some friends. She was changing street cars and told her friends she would one day marry that cute boy with the wavy hair and big smile. Two years later on February 14, 1947, she did marry the handsome boy with the wavy hair in Rockwall, Texas.
As he served in the US Army, Martha worked odd jobs and cared for son, Robert Loyd Dobbs, and later daughter, Jacky Lynne Dobbs. Martha was very active in the Democratic Party, COPE and the AFL-CIO where she served countless volunteer hours. She also taught Sunday school for several years and worked in the administrative offices of the Iron Workers’ local union. Martha’s world, however, revolved around her two children. That is until her first grandchild, Jeanie Lynne Dobbs, was born. She would later welcome another bundle of pink when Elizabeth Ann Dobbs was born. God graced her three times more with grandchildren Robert Louis, Angela Lee and William Loyd Kirkpatrick – and her world took off. She lit up when one of her grandchildren walked into the room.
She was affectionately known to her grandchildren and everyone who knew her as POM-POM. She never missed a recital, a football, baseball or basketball game, she was on the front row for every cheer competition, piano recital and Karate tournament. She loved all social events, cruising, and gambling every chance she got. She also enjoyed joining daughter, Jacky on Southwest Airlines layovers and hanging out with the flight crews.
She proudly watched each of her grandchildren graduate from high school and from college. Pom-Pom was funny, inspiring, loving, and dynamic. She was a beautiful woman of class who loved dressing up. She had a wealth of friends and would do anything for anyone. If Martha was your friend, she was your friend for life. Fiercely protective of those she loved, she was relentless and tough to anyone who hurt or crossed her family. She was always the life of every party and she loved her scotch! Martha was a legend and everyone who knew her sincerely loved her.
She will be dearly missed by all, but especially her family and husband of 69 years who she simply called “R”. We know she is somewhere up in heaven, running the show and taking care of her beloved grandson, Billy Boy. We love you, Pom-Pom. Keep the party going until we meet again.
Interment will follow at Wheatland Cemetery, Dallas, TX.