Mrs. Martha Jean Foulks Binsley
SANTA PAULA, Calif. - Mrs. Martha Jean Foulks Binsley (Mrs. Robert), passed to her Heavenly home on Sept. 23, 2012, in Santa Paula, Calif., after an illness of several weeks.
She was born in East Liverpool, the daughter of Mrs. and Mr. William S. Foulks.
Her father practiced law in East Liverpool for 52 years and her mother, Mrs. Mina S. Foulks was a teacher of Latin in East Liverpool High School.
Martha Binsley's late husband was Robert Binsley who was a native of Lisbon, the two having met while they were students at Ohio State University. Robert Binsley was a mechanical engineer who passed away several years ago.
Survivors are two sons, Andrew William Binsley and Michael Binsley, both residents of California. Other survivors are daughters-in-law, Jill and Melanie; and two granddaughters and two grandsons. A brother of Martha Binsley is William Foulks Jr., who resides in Chagrin Falls, Ohio and five cousins; Dave and Bill Lee, Betty Ivory and a niece and nephew, Ed and Edith.
Martha Binsley was very creative and ingenious. She was a school teacher and also an artist, a professional, she taught art students. She was also a professional genealogist and she was a member of the Colonial Dames of the Seventeenth Century. She knew the history of Columbiana County, Ohio. Her great-great-great-grandfather, William Foulks, co-founded Calcutta.
Martha Binsley graduated from East Liverpool High School in 1945.
Martha originated many puppets and entertained audiences in the Hollywood Bowl in California with puppets that she invented.