Holyoke Enterprise, Holyoke, Colorado, May 30, 1946




Funeral services for Harry Martin were held Saturday afternoon from the Methodist church inHolyoke, conducted by Rev. Tom Franke. A quartet composed of Mrs. C.R. Smythe, Esther Bryant, Guy L. Bereman and Dr. P.S. Struble accompanied by Mrs. F.B. Kelly, sang three numbers.


Pall Bearers were Herb Miller, John Ortner, Otto Eichele, Billy Schultz, Leo Wagner and George O. Hall. Interment was in Pleasant Valley Cemetery.


Harry Leslie Martin, the son of Robert F. and Charity Isabelle (Funkhouser) Martin was born near Holyoke, Colorado on December 23, 1891 and departed this life on May 22, 1946 at the age of 54 years and five months. He has spent all of his life in this community living eighteen miles southeast of Holyoke. He was united in marriage to Mary Elizabeth North on January 29, 1911 and to this union were born three children. During his life he was engaged in farming and stock raising. He served as County Chairman of the Triple A. Program for the past eleven years.


Left to mourn his loss are: his patient and devoted wife, Mary, three children; a daughter, Mrs. Clara Maranville of Champion, Nebraska, two sons, Lester of Denver, and Wayne of Holyoke. Also his aged mother and one brother, Roy of Holyoke, and four grandchildren. And other relatives and friends.


Mr. Martin has been in poor health for a number of years, but he was patient in suffering and a very devoted husband and father. He was a kind sincere friend to all.







Holyoke Enterprise, Holyoke, Colorado, December 2, 1982


Leatta Rose Martin, daughter of Jacob and Rebecca Mundell was born September 18, 1894 at Aurora, Nebraska. She passed away at Melissa Memorial Hospital November 22, 1982 at the age of 88 years.

She became a member of the United Brethren Church and was baptized at the age of fourteen. September 6, 1918 she was married to Mark Kent of Grand Island, Nebraska where they made their home. September 30, 1919 their son, Gerald E. Kent was born. On October 28, 1926 Leatta married Frank Martin of Holyoke. They lived on a farm southeast of Holyoke. Their daughter LaDonna Belle was born October 1, 1931.


After the death of her husband Frank, Leatta moved to Holyoke and became employed at the Phillips County Hospital where she was a member of the nursing staff for several years. Later she became Dr. F.M. Dille's office nurse. After Dr. Dille's retirement she was employed at the Sheridan Manor Nursing Home as a nurse until the age of 75 years, at which age she retired and became a resident at the Senior Citizens Housing. July 1981 she moved to Sheridan Manor Nursing Home where she lived until her death.


Leatta transferred her church membership from the United Brethren to the First Methodist Church in Holyoke in 1952, where she attended as her working hours permitted. Leatta was a member of the Golden Age Club, the Community Club, Royal Neighbors of America, American Legion Auxiliary, Friendship Club, and an Honorary Member of the B.P.W. Club. She enjoyed social activities in her home and with friends and neighbors.


She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank B. Martin, a step daughter, Nola Poe, and a grandson, Jerry Ray Kent. She leaves her beloved son, Gerald E. Kent and Pauline; her beloved daughter, LaDonna Wernet and Boyce; step children, Jay Martin and Kay, Northglenn; Alva Martin and Ellie, Laura Smith and Floyd, Merle Peterson, and several grandchildren, great grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.







Holyoke Enterprise, Holyoke, Colorado, 15 Sep 1966




Lester J. Martin, a native of Phillips County, passed away Sunday, September 11, at Rose Memorial Hospital in Denver following a long illness. He was 50 years of age. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. yesterday, September 14, at the Holyoke Christian Church, with James Dobyns, minister of that church, officiating. Interment was at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery. Arrangements were in charge of the Lewis Funeral Home.


A son of Harry L. and Mary (North) Martin, Lester J. Martin was born June 18, 1916, in the Pleasant Valley community southeast of Holyoke and resided there until 20 years of age. He was married to Blanch Willburger of Sterling and to this union one son was born, Charles L. Martin, who lives in Denver. Lester Martin had resided in Denver most of the time for the past 30 years. He was a taxicab driver there for many years.


Survivors include his son, Charles, already mentioned; his mother, Mrs. Mary Martin, Holyoke; one brother, Wayne Martin, Holyoke; one sister, Mrs. Clara Maranville, Champion, Nebraska; one ddaughter, Michelle Martin; one nephew; two nieces; one grandniece; and many other relatives and friends.


Mr. Martin's father preceded him death in 1945.







Holyoke Enterprise, Holyoke, Colorado, March 27, 1980




Funeral services were held Monday, March 24, 1980, at the United Methodist Church in Holyoke for Mary E. Martin, 84, who passed away at Melissa Memorial Hospital on March 21. Rev. Eldon Shoemaker officiated at the services. Interment was in Pleasant Valley Cemetery. Thompson Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


Mary Elizabeth North Martin, daughter of George and Susanna (Yount) North, was born on March 21, 1896, in Essex, Iowa.  At the age of 6, Mary moved with her parents and 10 brothers and sisters to Phillips County, Colorado where they resided on the land that is now the Pleasant Valley Ball Diamond.


On January 29, 1910 she was united in marriage to Harry Martin and they started their life together in the Amitie Community southeast of Holyoke. To this union three children were born, Wayne, Clara and Lester. In 1919, while the children were very young, they returned to the Pleasant Valley Community and settled on a farm 18 miles Southeast of Holyoke to raise their family. In May 1946 her beloved

husband Harry passed away and in September 1966, she lost her youngest son Lester. Mary remained on the farm with her oldest son Wayne until her death.


"Grama," as she was affectionately known to her grandchildren, was preceded in death by her husband Harry, her son Lester, four brothers and four sisters. She leaves to mourn her passing one son Wayne Martin, Holyoke; her daughter Clara Maranville and husband Rollo; four grandchildren, Martin Maranville and wife Mary, Las Vegas, Nevada; Judy and husband Bob Mendenhall, Champion, Nebraska; Jane and husband Bud Austin, Akron, and Chuck Martin of Denver, Colorado; seven great grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Emma Hill, Imperial, Nebraska, Mrs. Mildred Power, Farmington, New Mexico, several nieces and nephews and many other relatives and friends.




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