Martha Heitkamp

Martha Faye Heitkamp

Saturday, August 11th, 1951 - Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020
Recommend this to your friends.
Share via:

Sign in to the Family Interactive Login

The Family Interactive feature enhances An Amazing Life. Authorized family members can securely access their loved one's memorial website settings at any time.

Share Book of Memories with a Friend

Please enter the name and email details so that we can send your friend a link to the online tribute. No names or addresses will be collected by using this service.

Email Sent

Your email has been sent.

To share your memory on the wall of Martha Heitkamp, sign in using one of the following options:

Sign in with Facebook


Sign in with your email address

Your condolence has been posted successfully

Provide comfort for the family by sending flowers or planting a tree in memory of Martha Heitkamp

No Thanks

Contact Funeral Home

Please enter your question or comment below:

Email Sent

Your email has been sent.

Martha's Tribute Fund

  •  Full Name
  •  Initials
  •  Anonymous
By continuing, you agree with the terms and privacy policy.

Martha's Tribute Fund

There may be a delay while processing. Please do not click the back button or refresh while a payment is processing.
Send Flowers
Guaranteed hand delivery by a local florist


Martha Faye Heitkamp, beloved wife of Dr. Jeff Heitkamp, mother and sister departed this life on Tuesday, June 2 after suffering a severe stroke. Born August 11, 1951 in Monroe, La., the daughter of Rev. Chester S. Cadwallader and Dorothy Bell Cadwallader. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Jeff Heitkamp of Arlington, her daughter, Jeanette, son-in-law Clint Simmons and their three daughters, Faye, Etta, and Dorothy of Austin, Texas; her youngest child, Jeffrey Heitkamp, her sister Gloria and Mel Williams, her brother-in law of Fort Worth, and her older brother David Cadwallader of Dallas. Martha is also survived by her sister-in law Sandy Cadwallader, of Conroe, TX, widow of her brother Ralph.

Martha’s entire life was characterized by a generosity of spirit, patience, loving kindness and a dedication to serving others even in times of personal trial and grief.

Her parents and three older brothers moved to Costa Rica in 1952 when they were appointed as missionaries to Guatemala by the FMB of the Southern Baptist Convention. After a year in language school, they lived in Guatemala City, where Martha and her brothers had a rich cultural life and a bilingual education. Her parents served that mission in Guatemala until 1979.

With her intention already established for serving as a medical nurse, in 1973 she earned a BSN from Baylor University, later working at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston and later with Harris County Health Services, focusing on Family Practice. She was practicing in the Harris County clinics where she met Dr. Jeff Heitkamp, then a young neurosurgeon. They married in 1980, and moved to Arlington in 1986 when Dr. Heitkamp established his medical practice. They had three children, Jeanette, Emily, and Jeffrey.

Martha worked in partnership with her husband in his practice and was an important influence and compassionate presence with their patients. She also was a volunteer at Cooks Children’s Hospital, Fort Worth she also served as a volunteer at Cooks Children’s Hospital and was well acquainted with the dedicated medical staff. Two of her own children had faced pediatric cancer and received healing care at Cooks.

Martha’s life was an example of her faith and was expressed in her dedication to those in need in her community, and especially her church family, with a very special nurture for children, teaching Sunday school and loved watching over the toddlers in the Fielder Church, Arlington. She served as a mentor and tutor for Spanish-speaking grade school children through the Kids Hope program. Her family’s close and caring relationships with the Hispanic and Hispanic- American communities started with her maternal grandparent’s seminal mission and orphanage in Bastrop, Texas established in the 1920s. Paul C. Bell, her grandfather, established a ministry during WWI in Panama and other Central American countries, including Guatemala, planting seeds for the work continued by her missionary parents which helped shape Martha’s character and dedication to helping others.

A memorial service at Fielder Church, Arlington, Texas will be announced for a date in August. The family suggests that any memoriam made in her name be directed to the mission work of Fielder Church or Samaritans Purse.

Wade Family Funeral Home
(817) 274-9233
Read Less

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Martha Faye Heitkamp, please visit our Heartfelt Sympathies Store.

Sign Up for Notifications

Receive notifications about information and event scheduling for Martha

Service Details

There are no events scheduled. You can still show your support by sending flowers directly to the family, or planting a memorial tree in memory of Martha Faye Heitkamp.


We encourage you to share your most beloved memories of Martha here, so that the family and other loved ones can always see it. You can upload cherished photographs, or share your favorite stories, and can even comment on those shared by others.

No video recorded.

Private Condolence
Provide comfort for the family of Martha Faye Heitkamp by sending flowers.
Guaranteed hand delivery by a local florist

Linda Law

Posted at 11:44pm
I met Martha in Guatemala at the InterAmerican school in Quezaltenango. She became a dear friend to me. Over the years we’ve spent some time together, laughing over memories, praying for our children. She was an encourager. I’m so thankful to have called her my friend. I’m praying for comfort only God can give to all the family. I’m thankful Gloria has been kind enough to let me know what’s going on with Martha’s health. Love y’all. Linda Law

Cross Timbers ENT

Posted at 04:29pm
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss. May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you.
Tree Image
A memorial tree was planted in the memory of Martha Heitkamp — Plant a Tree Now

Photos & Videos

Photo Album

Upload up to 10 images at a time, max 8MB each
Share by: