Martha Ann Combs

September 7, 1938June 2, 2021

Martha Ann Combs, 82, passed away Wednesday, June 2, 2021.

She was born in Concord, New Hampshire to Forrest and Pearl Tenney on September 7, 1938.

Martha grew up in a small town in New Hampshire that she loved so much, Peterborough, where she spent 50 years of her life. From there she moved to Englewood, Florida where she lived for over 25 years. It wasn’t until just a few years ago that she moved to Okemos, Michigan, where she spent the remainder of her life near her two daughters and grandchildren.

Martha will fondly be remembered for being artistic and creative. She had a love and an immense appreciation for art and culture. She wanted nothing more than to make the world more beautiful any and every chance she got. She was an avid gardener and she loved to decorate. She enjoyed doing black and white photography, designing matchbook covers, and even illustrated a children’s dictionary book.

Martha is survived, and her memory cherished, by her two daughters Carolyn Combs and Johanna Johnson; two grandsons Anthony Thomas Amoroso and Nikil Bringi; and two son-in-laws Bobby Bringi (Carolyn) and Robert Flanders (Johanna). She is preceded in death by her beloved husband Dr. John Combs and her parents.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Martha’s memory to the Capital Area Humane Society.

Memories, expressions to the family and condolences, as well as, the contribution link may be found below.


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Suzanne Layne

June 14, 2021

We are so sorry for your loss. We were neighbors with Martha in Cape Haze. Our youngest son took up dog walking and Martha was eager to help him out. Our son and Baxter became best buds and Martha was so sweet to our son. Martha was always up for a good conversation when we walked around the neighborhood and, being fellow Michiganders, we often spoke of northern days! Martha was a true delight and we are certainly blessed to have known her. With deepest sympathy,
Jason and Sue Layne and Family

Susan Stickley

June 13, 2021

So sorry to hear about your mom. I always enjoyed visiting with her on my bike rides around Cape Haze . She was always full of life and fun to talk to. Luv Susan Stickley

Cindy Howell

June 13, 2021

Carolyn & Johanna,

Your mom Martha was the first neighbor to stop & introduce herself to my husband & myself. She loved Baxter her dog. Forever thankful to be able to celebrate her 80th Birthday

Nancy Rodger Znamierowski

June 9, 2021

Martha and I shared our girlhood years in Peterborough NH and enjoyed memorable times together. Our high school yearbook recognized her as one of the talented artists in our class which was an attribute that continued to enrich her life and that of her family as well as those lucky enough to know her. Goodbye dear friend.

Ted Reynolds

June 9, 2021

Dear Carolyn & Johanna,
I was sad to hear of your mom's passing but know from my recent call with her that things were not good. I always loved Martha. She was some one that was always very kind to me even when I was growing up in Peterborough and we had many good times in Florida. I will miss her..... Hope this finds you both well. Sending my best, Ted Reynolds