Mary Ann Martin, 97

Mary Ann Martin, 97, of Pioneer passed away surrounded by her family on May 18, 2018 at Hillside Country Living in Bryan. She was born on August 16, 1920 to the late Emery and Minnie (Flory) Clapper. She was a graduate of Stryker High School, Fort Wayne International Business College, and was formerly employed by W.C. Heller Co., in Montpelier. On July 18, 1943 Mary Ann married Stanley L. Martin in rural Bryan and he preceded her in death on December 12, 2016.

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and always put others above herself. She had a deep faith in God and was a lifelong member of Pleasant Ridge Dunkard Brethren church in rural West Unity. Mary Ann enjoyed gardening, flowers, birds, traveling and spending winter months in Florida.

She is survived by four children, Carol Coats of Sugar Land, Texas, Robert (Ruth) Martin, Shirley Martin and Sharon Martin, all of Pioneer; eight grandchildren, Scott (Gretchen) Coats, Amy (Ray) Caywood, Melanie (Michael) Truong, Angela (Jon) Garnes, Shane (Erica) Martin, Cara (Brent) Sloan, Misty (Ethan) Stivers and Jason (Jenilea) Martin; twenty-four great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Maxine Martin of Archbold; and brother-in-law, Sylvan Jodry of Lima, Ohio.

Mary Ann was preceded in death by her parents, husband Stanley, son, Dr. Jerry Martin, sisters Olive June Jodry and Donna Belle Clapper, several infant sisters and one great grandchild.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, May 22nd from 3-8 pm at the Thompson Funeral Home in Pioneer. A funeral service will take place on Wednesday, May 23rd at 11:00 a.m. at Pleasant Ridge Dunkard Brethren Church, 12091 County Road 16, West Unity, with Pastor Dennis St. John and Pastor Harley Flory to officiate. Interment with Pastor Tom St. John will follow at Floral Grove Cemetery in Pioneer. Donations can be made to the church or Hillside Country Living Activity Fund.

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