Verla Jean Martin


Verla Jean (Wenger) Martin, of Wakarusa, passed peacefully Wednesday, July 3, surrounded by loved ones at the home of Brenda Kay, her daughter, in Greenville, Ohio, where she had lived for the last two years. She was 93.
Verla was born Oct. 21, 1925, in Wakarusa, to Enos and Goldie (Miller) Wenger.
Verla was a member of the Old German Baptist New Conference Church.
In 1948, she married Harold Ray Martin, and together they had five children, Keith Eugene (Elsie) Martin, Nappanee; Karen Sue (Daryl) Oberholzer, Nappanee; Joyce Renee Martin, Indianapolis; Brenda Kay (David) Crist, Greenville, Ohio; Danette Ray (Larry) Martin, Goshen.
Baptized alongside Harold in September 1951, Verla Jean's quiet faith was evident throughout her life. Verla Jean devoted her time to family and helping Harold establish Martin's Custom Butchering in 1967. When not assisting in the butcher shop, Verla Jean dedicated her time to raising their five children, subsequent grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her greatest joy was to gather the family for get-togethers that spanned days and resulted in decades of memories.
Family members knew to expect calls that began with "I was thinking ..." and ended with practical solutions to whatever they were working on. If she knew one of her family members needed help, she showed up, whether it be as small as stopping in to help with laundry or ensuring their canning days went smoothly.
Verla's love for nature resulted in many moments where young family members were encouraged to "look at the pretty trees," and to remain present with the family. Her love and attention has impacted each generation, and her presence will be greatly missed.
Verla is survived by her five children, 13 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren, one great-great-granddaughter and her sister, Edna Faye (Paul) Witmer.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Harold Ray; her parents, Enos and Goldie (Miller) Wenger; her sister, Evelyn; and grandchildren, Arlen Martin and Twyla Damm.
Visitation and funeral will both be held at Cornerstone Mennonite Church located at 24546 C.R. 44, Nappanee, Indiana, 46550. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, July 8.
The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 9. Officiating ministers will be Shane Oberholzer, grandson to Verla, as well as, home ministers Trent Bowman and Donald Peters. Burial will follow at the Yellow Creek Old German Baptist Cemetery at 2:30 p.m.
Memorials may be made to State of the Heart Hospice Darke County.
Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret-Lienhart Funeral Home, Wakarusa, is handling arrangements.
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Published on July 5, 2019
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Dean R Culp
Jul 06, 2019
As a young boy, we lived neighbors to the Wengers. Sometimes when my parents went to work in the field, Verla Jean and Edna Fay would care for me at their home. I have special memories of their family. Danette became a friend of our daughter, Barb. Keep memories alive as an example of a life well lived with Christ her leader.