Martha P. Haines
August 23, 1926 ‒ February 22, 2021
Martha P. Haines, age 94, a lifelong resident of Marion County, went to be with the Lord on Monday, February 22, 2021 at her home in the Primrose Community with her loving family by her side.
On August 23, 1926, Martha was born at the family home on St. Rt. 98 in Marion County, the only child of the late Paul and Alveda (Likins) Whiteamire. She graduated from Kirkpatrick High School in the class of 1944.
One fateful night while skating at the Highway Rollerina in Marion, a young gentleman, James L. Haines, noticed her on the skating rink and told his friends “I will marry that girl some day.” They eventually met that night, and from there his wish came true. They were married on August 21, 1949, and shared nearly fifty three wonderful years of marriage. Together they lovingly raised three children: Marcia, Mark, and Jamie. He preceded her in death on August 14, 2002.
After graduating high school, Martha worked as a receiving clerk for the Marion Engineering Depot until she and Jim started their family. She then cared for her husband and three children, as a loving homemaker, until her all of her children were safely in school. She then went to work at the Marion Correctional Institute in their records department. She worked her way up to being the head of the department during her twenty five plus year career, retiring from there in the early 1990’s.
Martha was a faithful member of the Kirkpatrick Church of Christ, where her mother taught her to play the piano and organ. She played there for most of her life, many of which were spent rotating playing hymns with her mother. She also was a member of traveling quartet from the church, singing all over Ohio with Willard Delaney, Jerry Reimsnyder, and Wilma Fisher.
An avid collector of all things, Martha’s favorite collection was her doll collection. Everywhere she went, she looked for a doll to add to her collection, and on several occasions, she even talked her family into traveling to Washington DC to visit their annual Doll and Teddy Bear Expo.
With a love for traveling, Martha looked forward to traveling with her family wherever they would take her. She especially cherished their trip to China to adopt her beloved granddaughter, Kaytie. She also loved long drives (especially to Tennessee), spending the night in hotel rooms, and finding places to eat ice cream.
Having a heart of gold, Martha loved her family passionately and unconditionally. She would do anything for them, proving the lengths she would go for them by getting a tattoo to honor one of her grandchildren. She was always there for her children and grandchildren, never missing any of their events that she could get to. They will forever miss their sassy, loving, and strong willed mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Left to cherish her memory are her three children: Marcia (Dan) Williamson, Mark Haines, and Jamie (Mechele) Haines; four grandchildren: Kaytie (Charles) Ratterman, Joshua (Kerrie) Haines, Cory Haines, and Nicole (Aaron) Kneisley; one great-grandson, Thayer Haines; and one great-granddaughter on the way, Elena Kneisley.
Her family will greet friends from 4 – 7 pm on Friday, February 26, 2021 at the Snyder Funeral Homes, DENZER Chapel, 360 E. Center St., Marion. Services honoring her life will be held on Saturday at 11AM at the Kirkpatrick Church of Christ (address below) with her grandson, Pastor Joshua Haines and Pastor Don Kelley officiating. Burial will follow in Caledonia Cemetery. Masks are required for those attending her services.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Kirkpatrick Church of Christ, 5154 Columbus-Sandusky Rd N, Marion, OH 43302, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (https://www.cff.org/give-today/), or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital (https://www.stjude.org/donate/).
On behalf of her family, they would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Dr. Michael McCleese for his kindness and loving care of Martha, everyone at the Primrose Retirement Community for making her feel like she found a 2nd family, to the nurses at the Marion Manor Nursing Home where they helped her with rehabilitation, and to the nurses at Kindred Hospice for making her so comfortable in her final weeks and days.
Snyder Funeral Homes, Denzer Chapel of Marion, are honored to serve Martha’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.