Clara Lou Martin, 85

Clara Lou Martin, 85, of Wabash, died at 6:06 a.m., Thursday, March 11, 2021 at her home.  She was born Jan. 24, 1936 in Wabash County, to Burvia Haskel and Lona (Nelson) Lawson.

Clara was a 1954 Somerset High School graduate and attended Marion Beauty College. She married Charles Max Martin at the Somerset United Methodist Church on March 17, 1957. Clara Lou was a hairdresser 36 years and worked in Human Resources at the Wabash County Hospital, retiring in 2001 after 20 years. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Wabash, and a longtime member of the Woodlawn United Methodist Church, in Somerset. She was also a member and past Worthy Matron of the Lafontaine Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, the Woman's Clubhouse Association, Red Hat Society, and the Wabash Garden Club. 

She is survived by her husband, Charles Max Martin of Wabash; three children, Ronald E. (Mari) Martin of Converse, Rhonda Martin and Deanna (Rod) Grey, both of Phoenix, Ariz.; four grandchildren, Scott Martin of Wabash, Lori (Scott) Turner of Indianapolis, Dereck Grey of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Danielle Grey of Phoenix; two great-grandsons, Logan Noble Turner and Landon Charles Turner, both of Indianapolis.  She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Burvia "Sonny" Lawson; and two sisters, Norma Jean Larimore and Geraldine Jones.

Funeral services were Monday, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Services, Wabash, with Pastor John Cook officiating. Burial is in Mississinewa Cemetery, Somerset.

Preferred memorials are the First United Methodist Church or Parkview Wabash Hospital.

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Posted on 2021 Mar 15