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Ruth Virginia Martin, 91, Goshen, passed away Sunday, June 4, at 10:10 p.m. at her daughter's residence. She had been ill for two years.
Ruth was born Sept. 23, 1925, in Dayton, Virginia, to Ephriam and Katie (Blosser) Lahman.
She married Naaman S. Martin Oct. 20, 1948, in Wakarusa. He survives.
Ruth was a homemaker who enjoyed making things with her hands. She liked crocheting, embroidering and quilting. She also ran a home bakery for many years and sold baked goods at South Bend Farmer's Market. We all enjoyed her bread, cinnamon rolls, cakes, cookies, noodles and pies. In her later years, she cracked many black walnuts with a walnut cracker that her father had made.
Surviving are her husband, Naaman; children, Lois (Arthur) Zimmerman, Mark (Linda) Martin and Arlene (Kenny) Shaum, all of Nappanee, Mary Lou Wright and Owen (Wanda) Martin, both of Goshen, Dwight (Carla) Martin of Sundance, Wyoming, and Loretta (David) Pence of Broadway, Virginia; 35 grandchildren; 93 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and sister, Charlotte Martin of Goshen.
Preceding her in death are her parents; granddaughter Waneta Rodes; great-grandson, Tanner Zimmerman; sister, Anna Martin; and brothers Wilmer, Roy, Lester and John Lahman.
Visitation will be Wednesday, June 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. and Thursday, June 8, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Ramer Mennonite Youth Center, 24647 C.R. 44, Nappanee.
Funeral services will take place Friday, June 9, at 10 a.m. at Cornerstone Mennonite Church, C.R. 44, Nappanee. Ministers Ben and DeWayne Martin will officiate.
Burial will follow at Cornerstone Mennonite Church Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Galilean Children's Home. Arrangements are with Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee.
Published on June 5, 2017
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