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Mary E. Martin

May 10, 2013

    Mary Ellen Martin, 91, of Vera Cruz, passed away at 10 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at Adams Memorial Hospital in Decatur.
    Born on January 22, 1922, in Keenesburg, Ill., to the late James C. and Mary M. (Hedge) Lovellette, Mary married Ervin O. Martin in Monroe, on May 16, 1937; he preceded her in death on April 8, 1987.
    Mary attended Luckey School in Adams County and was a homemaker. She was a former member of the Ossian Church of the Nazarene and was a member of the former Mulberry Street Wesleyan Church in Bluffton.
    Among survivors are two sons, Leroy (Carole) Martin of Decatur and Randy Martin of Toledo, Ohio; 10 daughters, Beverly (Norm) Espy, Becky (Pat) Bennett, both of Warren;  Carol Gish (companion Larry Davis) of Geneva; Sherry (John) Hacker of Huntington; Judy Mikesell, Brenda (Bob) Haddix, Marilyn Striker, Kathy Martin, Christine (Bryce) Schug, and Lisa (Ron) Stewart, all of Bluffton; 15 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and six great-great grandchildren.
    Mary was preceded in death by two brothers, Harry Lovellette and James Lovellette; and three sisters, Florence Whittenbarger, Opal Peterson, and Pearl Brubaker.
    Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Friday, May 10, and 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 11, at Goodwin-Cale & Harnish Memorial Chapel.
    Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with Pastor Tim Miller officiating.
    Burial will be at the Vera Cruz Cemetery in Vera Cruz.
    Online condolences may be made at

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