Martha Dell Desch BRUMBAUGH
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Martha Dell Desch BRUMBAUGH
  • June 15, 1940 - July 9, 2017
  • Alexandria, Virginia

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Martha Dell Desch Brumbaugh passed away at home in Old Town Alexandria on 9 July. Beloved wife of 42 years to Bob, she is also survived by nieces Karen Thomson and Maggie Rodriguez in northern VA and Niki Lynn Burkham and Mandy Niblett in Texas. She was preceded in death by her brother Jon Desch in May. Born in Kansas City, MO in 1940, but moved to Texas as fast she could months later with her parents, the late Douglas Dell and Opal Gertrude (Erickson) Desch. She grew up in Dallas, went to SMU and on to UCLA for a PhD. In Dallas, she ran the Trade Mart Travel Agency and worked briefly at Scottish Rite hospital in field of childhood learning disabilities for which she was most proud. In California, she was manager of Tourism Development for Douglas Aircraft, Long Beach where she authored publications such as Airlines of Oceania and was consultant to the State of California Office of Tourism and the Pacific Area Travel Association. In the early 90s she directed the Arlington County (VA) Convention & Visitor Services, then became an artist doing art shows across the country, and in this decade co-owned an art gallery with Lelia Beall on King Street, Old Town Alexandria. She was known for her love of all things Geography, an appetite whetted on a summer-long trip to Europe in 1954 with family friends, and love of all things Greek as a result of many travels and graduate study research in Greece. In recent years, she found another focus, the prehistoric cave paintings of Southwest Europe, which inspired her art work and visits to many French and Spanish cave paintings. She also very much enjoyed living in Old Town Alexandria for the final third of her life and fellowship with friends at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to King Street Cats, Alexandria, VA, Tails High Cat Rescue, Alexandria, VA, and Doctors Without Borders. A memorial service will be scheduled at St Paul's in August.

Arrangements under the direction of Demaine Funeral Home, Alexandria, VA.