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Rena Mae Martin

Farmington- Rena Mae Martin, 85, of Farmington, passed away at 5:55 PM on Friday, May 8, 2020 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born on February 27, 1935 in Bushnell, a daughter of Clyde and Consuelo (Leighty) Parker. She married Kenneth Martin on August 14, 1954 in Bushnell. He survives.

Also surviving are her children, Sally (Larry) Shideman of Farmington; Brenda Murphy of Fairfield, Ohio; Kenny (Lori) Martin of Havana; eight grandchildren, Melinda (Ed), Holly, Jennifer, Brooke (Jason), Kendra (Jason), Brandon, Jacob (Courtney), and Trevor; four great-grandchildren, Parker, Emma, Lynnlee, Hannah; one sister, Clyda Lea Miller of Hastings, Nebraska; brother-in-law, Don Irwin of Bushnell, and several nieces and nephews.

Rena is preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Lonnie and Bert Parker, two sisters, Blanche Utsinger, Verna Faye Irwin, and several nieces and nephews.

She graduated from Bushnell Prairie High School, and worked for Rogers Pharmacy, and H&R Block in Springfield, Ohio. She was a member of the Farmington Women of the Moose for 51 years, where she held many chairs and was star recorder, and life member of the Eastern Star Lodge in Fairview.

A heartfelt thank you from Rena’s family to Dr. Mark Baylor, Angie, and the entire staff, and Harbor Light Hospice.

A note from her loving children, Mom, life will be so different without you, we will miss you incredibly, throughout your life you made ours the most memorable. You were a wife, mother, grandmother, friend, caretaker, teacher, and most importantly our everything. We will miss you, everyday for the rest of our lives.

Per Rena wishes, there will be no services, cremation rites will be accorded through Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington. Private family burial of ashes will take place in Oakridge Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Shriner’s Hospital. To view Rena’s DVD or leave online condolences please visit www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com

 

12 Comments

  • Denise (Ingold) Reynolds

    Reply May 9, 2020 4:32 pm

    Sally (and family),
    So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I remember her great smile!
    God bless you,
    Denise (Ingold) Reynolds

  • Jeanette Harper Wolford

    Reply May 9, 2020 8:48 pm

    With deepest sympathy to the Martin family. I’ve known Rena all my life . She was a very sweet Lady. May your memories help you through the days ahead

  • Bill & Tic Taylor

    Reply May 10, 2020 11:20 am

    Kenny and family
    sorry to hear Rena has passed, she was a great lady.

  • Lorna Long

    Reply May 10, 2020 3:46 pm

    My deepest sympathy your mom was a great lady enjoyed visiting with her and a pleasure to know her rest in peace Rena you will be dearly missed prayers for the entire family

  • Joy Hubner

    Reply May 10, 2020 4:16 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of this. May God bless you all. Aunt Rena Mae was such a wonderful woman,

  • Janet Varnes

    Reply May 10, 2020 5:00 pm

    So very sorry to learn of your mom’s passing. I have so many fond memories as a kid spending time at the Martin home. Your mom, and dad, always treated me so nice and made me feel at home. She was such a special woman who always wore a smile and had a kind word to share. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this most difficult time.

  • Harold walters

    Reply May 10, 2020 6:43 pm

    To the whole family Sally, Brenda and Kenny. Prayers to you all. Rena was like a second mom to me as we all lived n played in the same neighborhood.

  • Sheila Kenney

    Reply May 10, 2020 10:24 pm

    So sorry for your family loss. Prayers

  • Lloyd "Eldon" Leezer, Jr.

    Reply May 12, 2020 7:29 pm

    On behalf of my mother, Maxine Leezer of Canton, IL., and the late Lloyd E. Leezer, Sr.’s family, our sincerest condolences to all of Rena Martin’s family.
    Our family is distantly related through the Parker family. Clyde Ross Parker’s sister, Mary Alma Parker Settles was Lloyd’s grandmother and my great grandmother. One of “Alma” and Earl Settles’ daughters was Fairy Fern Settles Leezer. Fairy and Freeman Leezer are Lloyd’s parents and my grandparents. Maxine remembers the Parker family from family get-to-gathers and reunions.I also remember attending Parker reunions until I was old enough to not have to go.

  • Lloyd "Eldon" Leezer, Jr.

    Reply May 12, 2020 7:34 pm

    On behalf of my mother, Maxine Leezer of Canton, IL., and the late Lloyd E. Leezer, Sr.’s family, our sincerest condolences to all of Rena Martin’s family.
    Our family is distantly related through the Parker family. Clyde Ross Parker’s sister, Mary Alma Parker Settles was Lloyd’s grandmother and my great grandmother. One of “Alma” and Earl Settles’ daughters was Fairy Fern Settles Leezer. Fairy and Freeman Leezer are Lloyd’s parents and my grandparents. Maxine remembers the Parker family from family get-to-gathers and reunions. I also remember attending Parker reunions until I was old enough to not have to go along.

  • Candy & Brian McVey

    Reply May 12, 2020 9:09 pm

    Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. It was always a pleasure to see her at the Moose. So many memories there. She was always so pleasant when she called for service work. We enjoyed many conversation on the telephone. 😥🙏

  • Debbi Bitner

    Reply May 22, 2020 7:49 pm

    So sorry to hear of Rena’s passing. She was a lovely lady.

    Debbi and David Bitner
    Peoria, IL

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