Martha Valeria Stephenson was born 8 April 1918 to Willie Horton Stephenson and Mattie Virginia Temple Stephenson. She was the fifth of eight children. Martha's siblings:
Martha was married twice. Her first husband was Wilard Valton Barbour (1915-1945). They had one child together: Linda Gray Barbour (1940-2008).
Her second husband was William Dean. They had one child: Eric Dean.
Martha died 28 Dec 1992 in Raleigh, North Carolina.