While in high school, Martha was sponsored by the Decatur Chamber of Commerce to represent Decatur three years running in the Miss Texas contest.
She attended a summer art class in Taos, N.M., sponsored by the Hockaday School in Dallas, before attending Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. While at TCU she was chosen Ranch Week Queen and studied art, mechanical engineering and draftsmanship. During her time at TCU, she designed and etched the horned frog used to represent the school and was also awarded a Teacher of Art Certificate.
Upon graduation, she was hired by Consolidated in Fort Worth where she designed manufacturing devices and components for military aircraft.
After the war, Martha opened her own art studio on McKinney Avenue in Dallas where she painted many portraits. She designed the program covers, posters and stationery for the State Fair Horse Show and the Dallas Charity Horse Shows 28 years.
Mrs. Renshaw is survived by her son, Jim Bray and wife Linda; granddaughter, Lacy Finn; great-granddaughter, Leila Finn, all of Prosper; cousins, Hazel Innis and Dr. Rick Coker and wife Melinda of Tyler. Other cousins include Cynthia Farrell and Joseph Innis of Dallas, Gary Jack Coker Jr. of Waco and Martha Ann Coker Wallace of Midland.
She was preceded in death by her father, John James “Tige” Renshaw; mother, Marion Elsie Drew Renshaw; infant son, Bill Blanton Defee Jr. on April 30, 1944, and an infant daughter on April 5, 1945.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wise County Historical Society Inc., P.O. Box 427, Decatur, 76234.