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May 23, 2013

(12/7/1920 - 5/15/2013)

Hazel R. Martin, age 92, of Wyaconda, MO, died Wednesday, May 15, 2013 in an accidental drowning at her home.

Hazel was born December 7, 1920, near Kahoka, MO a daughter of James and Anna McCollum Hicks.

She graduated from Fort Madison High School and was employed at Shaeffer Pen until her marriage to George T. Martin on July 19, 1941. They were married in Ventura, CA, where George was serving in the military. This coming July they would have celebrated 72 years as husband and wife. She later worked in "ship service" while George was stationed in Jacksonville, FL.

Survivors include her husband, George, of the home; three sons, John (Thelma) Martin of Paloma, IL, Charles (Sandy) Martin of Louisville, KY and Steve (Patty) Martin of Taylor, MO; twelve grandchildren: Jeffrey (Angel) Martin of Springfield, IL, Michael (Semille) Martin of Lincoln, ND, Matthew (Lindsey) Martin of Sanford, NC, Rebecca (Ed) VanderJagt, of Aledo, IL, Chris Martin of Buffalo Prairie, IL, Channing (Josh) Baker of Del City, OK, Chessney (Jason) Wright of Del City, OK, Seth Martin and Remi Bernado of Riverside, CA, Chellssa (Andrew) Jones of Louisville, KY, Chauncey (Aaron) Evers of Columbia, MO, Jenny (Gary) Anspach of Fayette, MO, and Jeremy Martin and Wendy Holtel, Marceline, MO; fifteen great-grandchildren: Carissa, Luke, Hannah, Jason and Gabriella Martin of Lincoln, ND, Kyra and Liam Martin of Sanford, NC, Adrianna and Logan Riddle, and Kaitlyn Moss of Del City, OK, Jordan Wright of Del City, OK, Darius VanderJagt of Aledo, IL, Valorie Evers of Columbia, MO and Devon and John Holtel of Marceline, MO; brother-in-law, Robert Martin of Washington, IA and sisters-in-law, Ruth Wittmer of Springfield, MO and Maxine Martin of Washington, IA; as well as nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Leila Hess, and grandchildren Chad and Dane Martin and Katrina Ingold.

Hazel was a member of the Wyaconda United Methodist Church until it closed and then she and George transferred their membership to his boyhood church home, St. Paul United Church of Christ in Kahoka. They were faithful members of each and participated in the Sunday School as well. She was an auxiliary member of the American Legion and Retired Mail Carriers. She also involved in many of George's activities in conjunction with his memberships in the Southeast IA Gas Engine Club, Southeast IA Model T Club, and the small engine shows he participated in.

Hazel was content to be a homemaker. She loved caring for her home, her huge garden and lovely flowerbeds that surrounded it. She and George's travels included 48 states, 11 foreign counties, and the Provinces of Canada. The life they shared together represented their strong sense of faith, family, and respect for each other.

Funeral services were held Monday, May 20, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at Wilson Funeral Home in Kahoka with Pastor Barb Koenig officiating. Special music was congregational hymns "Joyful, Joyful", "How Great Thou Art" and "Go Now in Peace".

Grandchildren served as pallbearers.

Burial was in the Wyaconda Cemetery.

Memorials in lieu of flowers were suggested to the St. Paul United Church of Christ.

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