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Martha J. Shoebotham


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Martha J. Shoebotham Obituary


Martha J. Shoebotham passed away on September 15, 2017, with her family at her side. She was born in Arlington, Texas to Macintosh and Elizabeth Peebles. Shortly after her birth, the family relocated to Douglas, Wyoming where Martha resided until her 18th birthday.

Martha was a member of what Tom Brokaw, the NBC television news anchor, called "the greatest generation." She graduated from high school in the Spring of 1942 and signed up for a government recruitment program and took an eight-week secretarial course in Casper, WY. Upon completion of the course, she was put on a train to Washington D.C. where she became one of the first employees at the newly completed Pentagon. She worked in "Central Files" in the third basement for most of World War II.

In 1945 she moved to Los Angeles to meet her new husband and worked for a series of small manufacturing companies. She finally joined the Space Technology Laboratories Company (STL) which ultimately became the Aerospace Corporation. Along the way, she married her second husband Tom Shoebotham. In 1970 she went to England when her husband was temporarily transferred there. Upon her return she joined the Federal Service as an Executive Secretary at the Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo, California.

She retired from federal service in 1990 and enjoyed bowling, traveling with her husband, and enjoying her two children and their families.

Martha was a kind and generous person who will be missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by her husband Tom and their two children: Robert Morris of Murietta, CA and Pamela Cahan of Henderson, NV; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a sister, Jeri, of Fort Worth TX.

The Memorial Service will be held Wednesday October 25, 2017 at 10:30am at Lighthouse Memorials & Receptions, White & Day Center, in Redondo Beach CA, with a Reception until 1:30pm. Please go to, the website for Lighthouse Memorials, to send the family messages, share memories, or to obtain directions to the service. Check back to view the online Video Tribute.


Lighthouse Memorials & Receptions, White & Day Center
(310) 792-7575
Published in The Beach Reporter on Oct. 20, 2017
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