Martha Jean Martin

August 6, 1931January 9, 2019

Martha (Bell) Martin - known as Marty - passed away at the age of 87 in White Lake, MI on January 9, 2019. She was born on August 6, 1931 in Springfield, Missouri to Wayne and Catherine Bell. She graduated from the University of Michigan with both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Marty dedicated her life to empowering and training volunteers and worked for such agencies as the Red Cross, United Way and the Michigan Cancer Society. She also taught at Wayne State University for many years. She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Ray Martin, and her children: Brad (Patti) Martin; Laurel (Dick) Jacobs; Kathie (Ken) Randall and Sheryl (Ed) Gudeman. She is also survived by 5 grandchildren: Amy and Brittany Jacobs; Mark, Angel and Niki Gudeman. A celebration service of her life will be held on January 26 at Independence Village, 935 Union Lake Rd, White Lake, MI at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Red Cross.


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, January 26, 2019

Martha Jean Martin

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Maxine Franklin

January 25, 2019

I will surely miss talking to Marty. I've known her many years and thought of her as a good friend. I enjoyed spending time at their house. I thought she was a very intelligent and educated person. She had a very kind heart and treated me as an equal even though my education wasn't as advanced as hers. My prayers goes out to the family. Love you all. Maxine

Richard Keier

January 23, 2019

Marty and Ray were longtime friends from Southfield Presbyterian Church with whom we shared so many wonderful times at church, Pairs & Spares, and then our SPC group when we ended up at different churches. They were a joy to see at the 70th Birthday party that my wife had for me. Marty worked and led so many church programs over the years. They also put me in touch with their daughter, Sheryl and her husband Ed, to arrange a memorial service for my mother while we were in Madrid. My love and prayers to Ray and the rest of the family.