Rosalie “Rosa” Marie (Hagler) Martin, a longtime Cushing resident, passed away at her home surrounded by her family on Sunday, April 19, 2009 at the age of 62 years.

Funeral services have been entrusted to the Palmer Marler Funeral Home, Cushing, OK and will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 25, 2009 in the Oak Grove Baptist Church, Cushing, OK.  Burial will follow in the Silver Star Cemetery, Cushing, OK.

The daughter of the late James Hagler and Mary (Joseph) Hagler, Rosa was born on February 12, 1947 in Beggs, OK.  At a young age, Rosa moved to Cushing with her family where she was reared and educated.

As an adult she worked as a cook at Christine’s CafĂ© and later worked at Resthaven Nursing Home as a cook for over 25 years before retiring in 1999 because of her health.  Rosa was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church North.  She was a homemaker, loved being around people and in her time she loved singing, cooking and feeding the entire community.  Amen…

Survivors include her longtime companion, John Matthews; her nine children, Eddie Martin and his wife Deana, Carmella Martin, LaTonia Lewis and her husband Ron, Renita “Cherry” Vaughn and her husband Dwayne, Acquanita Martin and her fiancĂ© James Butler, John Martelli Martin (Telli) and his wife Kathy, James Martin, Alonzo Martin, and Alphonso Martin; one brother, Lonnie “Marvin” Hagler; one sister, Katherine Shinault; one sister-in-law, Betty Boyd; 15 grandchildren, Marcus Shepheard, Chassitie, Charitie, and Che`Ron Lewis, Nikita, Esmond, Dione, and Kierra Martin, Antonio and Rozche` Martin, Lasharee and Herbert Fox, Jayden and Devin Martin, and Jireh Vaughn; one great-grandson, Amir Martin; and Wanda Williams, whom she considered to be her sister and a special friend Annette Petties; numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.  Rosa is also survived by Sharee`, Lynn, Michael, and Deneen Cook whom she also considered to be her children.

In addition to her parents, two sisters, three brothers, and two nieces preceded Rosa in death.

The Martin family would like to sincerely thank the Cushing Regional Hospital, their staff and doctor’s, Sojourn Care staff, and also the Advantage staff.

Condolences and an online guestbook are available at

A video tribute honoring Rosa’s life is available for viewing at