Winnie M. Martin

November 05, 1926 ‒ January 27, 2006

Butler, Ohio

BUTLER: Winnie M. Cook Martin, 79, of Highland Drive, Butler, died Friday, January 27, 2006 in her home, following a long illness.

She was born November 5, 1926 in Houston, Texas, and was graduated from Milby High School in Houston in 1943.

Winnie was a talented singer, and was featured on Houston radio stations at the age of 15. While working with the USO in Houston, she met Francis Leonard “Pete” Martin, and rather than pursue a big band vocal career with the Harry James Orchestra, she married Pete on July 31, 1944. They moved back to Bellville in 1945.

Winnie gracefully made the transition from big city singer to small town farmwife. For years she helped Pete operate their family farm on Liberty Street hill in Butler, before moving to a smaller farm on Steam Corners Road near Lexington.

She embraced the home arts, always sewing clothing for her young family, and cooking up a storm: the aroma of fresh baked bread often filled the home.

Winnie was a member of Resurrection Parish, where she sang in the choir.

Remembered for her humble, yet colorful spirit, she was determined and driven by love and compassion; a faithful wife and mother, who accepted her role as a caregiver, loving as Christ did (John 13:34 & 35).

She is survived by her daughter Mary Martin of Butler; four sons and daughters-in-law William and Janie Martin of Sulpher Springs, Bernard and Jeannine Martin of Galion, Francis Martin of Columbus, and David and Emma Martin of Wooster; nine grandchildren and their spouses Todd and Heather Martin, Candace and Steven Hall, and Angela and Travis Hardy all of Bucyrus, Deanna Martin of Cincinnati, Derrick and Jackie Martin of Mansfield, Renee’ Martin of Bucyrus, Jeremy Martin of Columbus, Chris and Jen Martin of Marion and Tesa and Chris Oehler of Galion; and 14 great grandchildren.

Her husband preceded her in death on December 6, 1992.

The family will receive friends Monday, January 30, 2006 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where a Christian Prayer Service will follow at 8 pm, led by the Rev. Father Nelson Beaver. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Tuesday at 11 am in Resurrection Parish, 2600 Lexington Avenue, celebrated by the Rev. Father Stanley Szybka. Burial will follow in Mansfield Catholic Cemetery.

Memorial contributions to the Worthington Township-Butler Fire Department may be made at the funeral home.