Lelia Martin, 96

Lelia F. “Lee” Martin, 96, North Manchester, passed away on June 22 at 5:40 a.m. at Timbercrest Healthcare Center, North Manchester.

She was born in Peru on April 23, 1917 to William and Eura (Etter) Ireland. She graduated from Peru High School in 1935. She married Raymond Mitchell in 1935. He died April 1, 1949. She married Harlan Flack in 1950. He died April 14, 1972. She was married to Hershal Martin in 1974 and he passed away Feb. 9, 1999. She was a sales clerk at Oppenheim’s Department Store, North Manchester for 42 years. She retired in 1999. She was a member of the Peru United Methodist Church.

Lelia is survived by one son, William (Nancey) Mitchell, Warsaw; a daughter, Shelia (Robert) Snell, Indianapolis, three stepsons, Joseph (Shirely) Martin, Marion, Rex (Jeanie) Martin, Fort Myers, Fla., and Charles (Caroline) Martin, Sweetser; a sister, Bonita Harris, Peru; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers and six sisters.

Funeral services will be held Thursday. June 27 at 1:30 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester. Calling hours are Wednesday, June 26 from 4-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Pastor J.P. Freeman will officiate the services. Burial will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, North Manchester.

Preferred memorials are to Wabash County Cancer Society, PO Box 144, North Manchester, IN 46962 or American Heart Association, 6100 W. 96th St. Suite 200, Indianapolis, IN 46728.

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Posted on 2013 Jun 24