Born Martha Carey in Morgan County, Georgia, in the city of Madison on
January 7th, 1921.
The youngest of 5 children from John Foster Carey & Lena Smith Carey. She is preceded in Heaven by her two Brothers, Philip & John and her Sister Jerry. Marey died at 97 in Athens Georgia in 2010.
Went to early
school in Madison,
moved to Cornelia,
Georgia in 1935.
Graduated High School at Cornelia High School 1937.
Attended Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia.
Worked in Miami, then on to San Francisco during WW II on the Manhattan Project.
married T.A. Tredway after the war Ė moved to Reno, Nevada and together
they opened one of the first Motor Hotels in the USA, TREDís Motel & Apartments
(still in operation).
A son, RANDY LEE TREDWAY was born Nov 9th, 1949.
In 1950, Martha cut up a pair of Tredís old Jeans and made the first Denim Diaper to take Randy to the Reno Rodeo Ė A photographer for Look Magazine, who was staying in the Motel at the time took a picture and a few weeks later Randy & the Diaper Jean was on the cover of LOOK magazine internationally.
A new business was born. They moved back to Tredís home town of Greenville,Texas in 1950 to go into the manufacturing of infant and childrenís apparel. Moved to Honey Grove in 1954 to expand the growing business. After a fire in 1957, the city of Denison attracted the growing Diaper Jean company and new, Marthaís Miniatures divisions. Marthaís designs, for the next fifteen years, of fussy bouffant dresses for young ladies began a new industry. These true works of art, Marthaís Miniatures have been Treasured hand-me-downs for generations of wonderfully dressed little angels.
She also designed the first folding house shoes, Travel Treds, and two other childrenís wear divisions, American Heir Lines and Randyís Sportswear. She was vice president of Texas Manufacturers Association. On the board of directors of the New Apparel Mart in Dallas in 1960. An office holder in Business & Professional Womenís Club of North America.
Doing all this, still had time to be an avid bowler, a den mother for the Cub Scouts of America and a Mother that all people should be lucky enough to have.
As a pioneer
of Texas political conservatism, she was the first woman to run for the U.S.
Senate from the state of Texas. In 1960 she ran for Lyndon Johnsonís vacated
senate seat and featured on the
cover of Life Magazine.
Divorced in 1969 from T.A. Tredway.
Harold Louis Hudson
(Hudsonís Big Country Store, Coalgate, Oklahoma) on Feb 10, 1971
Retired from Diaper Jeans / Marthaís Miniatures in 1972.
Harold & Martha built her dream, which she designed, in 1973-74. Stayed on her beloved property planting thousands of bulbs & flowers and landscaping her property. She was very obsessed with beautiful flowers and had a life long love affair with natural beauty.
In addition to her many other skills Martha was a Director with Dallas Collection cosmetics company, A Director with Prepaid Legal Services, She also found time to market Hand made products from over 30 states with her Marthaís Handtiques company. Assisted her husband Harold Hudson at Hudsonís Big Country Store in Coalgate Oklahoma for fourteen years from 1976-1990, by establishing a department featuring clothing by Famous Designers and quadrupled the business in the ladies department of that 100 year old institution. She was a Barbazon Model doing numerous television commercials as well.
grandson Reno Carey Tredway was born on Labor Day,
1988 and was her pride and joy along with her son Randy.
On Sunday, July 7, 2002, she was felled by a massive stroke. Given only hours to live, she fought back hard for over two years until mid summer this year when she was hit with another mini stroke that seemed to wipe out all her gains.
Marthaís health went down hill until her passing to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on October 29th, 2004
There will be a Memorial Service on Tuesday, November 9th, 2004, 2 PM at the First Baptist Church in Denison, Texas, 601 W Woodard St. This will be a celebration of her life and influence and the public is invited to join in on the music and joy of her presence with our Lord & Savior. Anyone wishing to speak will be encouraged to. The family & friends will meet at the Cotton Patch Restaurant (US 75 & Morton St) immediately following the service for food and fellowship.
In Lieu of flowers, Martha wishes are donations given to Renoís College Fund. Please make checks payable to: RANDY TREDWAY, on the memo line please write RENO CAREY TREDWAY College Fund. Mail to: 3103 Sanger Creek Way, Waxahachie, TX 75165-5942 .