I, MARTHA JANE SILBERISEN TANNER, was born June 7,
1933 in Rockport, TX. I died May 23, 2015 in Kaufman,
TX. I am a fifth generation Texan and very proud of
that! I am the daughter of James and Ozelle McLain
Silbersen, who proceeded me in death. I have three
siblings, two whom have proceeded me in death. My
"Big Brother" John Silberisen and "Baby Sister"
Joanne White. My "Big Sister" still surviving is
My body is in the ground and my soul is in heaven.
I have left you & I am not sad. Please do not to be
sad for me. Life is for the living and should not be
burdened with grief. I have far exceeded my expectations
of life on this earth and I would not change a thing.
We work our entire lives on earth for the one day to
meet Jesus and to live for eternity. I am on my new
journey now, do not shed a tear, I am rejoicing with
Jesus this year.
I proudly leave behind six children. My first son,
James Douglas Peterson along with his wife Barbara
from Terrell, TX. And his two children Lynn and
Beth. Then my first daughter, Peggy Lynn Nix from
Mesquite TX, and her three children; Charlie, Wayne,
and Sonya. My Second daughter is Carol Lankford
and her husband Michael "Curt" from Mesquite and
their daughter Shaun Baker. My second son is David
Wayne Peterson from San Antonio, TX & and his son
Joey Peterson. My third son is Ronnie Keith Tanner
and his wife Jill from Grand Saline, TX and their
children April, Angie, Toye, Heather, and Chris.
My fourth son is Johnny Allen Tanner and his wife
Janet from Big Sandy, TX and their boys Jeremy,
Joshua, & Justin.
I spent my growing up years in Rockport, TX helping
my father, Jimmy Silberisen, with his duck hunting
club. I got married and moved to Taft, TX to start
my family. In the early 60's I returned to Rockport
and ran the Dairy Whip, which I enjoyed. I then
migrated to Mesquite, TX where my husband and I
started the first Whataburger. I retired after
12 years from Lucent Technologies Power Systems
in Mesquite, TX.
One of my favorite hobbies was going to my lake
lot at "Pelican Bay" on Lake Cypress Springs. I
also enjoyed many years on the bowling league
for women and couples leagues, at Big Town Bowling
in you Mesquite, TX. But most of all, my favorite
was spending the holidays with my children and
One of my biggest blessings in my later years
is all my great-grandchildren, who consist of:
Scott, Amelia, Grady, aurora, Skyler, Cheyenne,
Rocky Jr., Mallory, Mason, Kasey, Jacob, Madeline,
Kevin, Blake, Brice, Luke, Caleb, Cayden, Cole,
Ryan, Christopher, Ana, Brooke, Jack, Tye, Grant,
Nona Lee, Holden & Grey.