Martha Eugenia Corson, 84, of Nacogdoches, TX, passed away October 31, 2020. She was born July 24, 1936 in El Dorado, Arkansas to Esther Reed and Brooks Braner Corson.
She graduated from El Dorado High School in 1954 as salutatorian of her class. She attended both Henderson College in Arkadelphia, Arkansas and Belhaven College in Jackson, Mississippi. She ended her academic pursuit at the University of Oklahoma where she studied creative writing.
Early in Martha’s writing career she had short stories published in both Red Book and Good Housekeeping. Additionally, she had numerous other short stories published by the “confession magazines” targeted for young women readers.
In the 1970’s Martha joined the staff of a small newspaper at the National Leprosarium in Carville, Louisiana. The newspaper was striving to educate worldwide organizations and religious groups of the misinformation and false stigmas regarding Hansen’s Disease (Leprosy). Those days working in Carville were perhaps the happiest years in her life.
Martha’s writing career continued to be astounding. She published twenty-seven romance novels to Silhouette Publishing Co. using several pen names.
Preceding her in death are her mother and father, Esther and Brooks Corson, and her nephew James Lawrence Bradley III. She is survived by her sister, Anne Corson Hagen, three nieces, Kathleen Bradley, Cynthia Sims, and Laura White and seven great nieces and nephews, Taylor Sims, Lacy Sims, Tucker Sims, Ryan White, Dylan White, Sarah White, and Lashlee Bradley.
A private graveside service will be held at a later date.