Mrs. Harriet L. Martin

  • Born: May 10, 1927
  • Died: March 16, 2018
  • Location: Battle Creek, Michigan

Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care

105 Capital Ave NE
Battle Creek, MI 49017

Tel. (269) 962-5527

Tribute & Message From The Family

Harriet L. Martin, age, 90, of Battle Creek died after a short illness on Friday evening, March 16, 2018 at the Heartland Health Care Center of Battle Creek. She was born in Marshall, Michigan on May 10, 1927, the loving daughter of John E. and Fay M. (Carpenter) Reick, and graduated with the Battle Creek Lakeview High School Class of 1945. Harriet was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, who dedicated her life to raising her family. She briefly worked at Westin Biscuit Company.

Harriet married the "Love of Her Life", Clifford L. Martin in Battle Creek on October 6, 1946; he survives. She is also survived by her daughters, Sharon (Phil) Madarasz of Grand Blanc, MI, Linda (John) Gaskill of Indianapolis, IN, and Gay Anne Martin of Battle Creek; seven grandchildren, Chad Crane, Ryan Crane, Leigh (Scott) LaForest, Steve (Jenny) Madarasz, Jason Wood, Brittney (Jasen) Grant, and Tara Wood; fifteen great-grandchildren; and several cousins, nieces & nephews. Harriet was preceded in death by her parents; and two sisters, Margaret Gibson and Carolyn Barker.

An avid Detroit Tigers fan, Harriet also enjoyed going to the Casino to play Keno, going out to eat, baking, traveling, dancing, and listening to music, especially "Big Band". She also loved spending time with her family and her grand-cat, "Bailey".

A memorial service to celebrate Harriet's life will be held 12:30 p.m., Thursday, May 10, 2018 at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Battle Creek where the family will gather from 12:00 noon until the time of the service at 12:30 p.m. Entombment will follow at Fort Custer National Cemetery. Memorials directed to the American Heart Association and/or the American Cancer Society would be appreciated. Personal messages for the family and/or favorite memories of Harriet may be placed at


Condolence & Memory Journal


Aunt Harriet is missed. She always showed me love and compassion. She never failed to send a birthday card and called often just to see how my family and I were doing. Her love was genuine.

When I was young she would bake some delicious pecan ball cookies and always made sure I got some to take home. I have very fond memories of her. Our family spent a lot of time with her and Uncle Clifford and our cousins when we were young. She was always interested in my life and was one of my greatest defenders.

I love you and look forward to seeing you again!

Posted by Susie Westworth - Battle Creek, MI - Family   May 11, 2018

Mom, I can't believe you are gone. I miss our daily phone calls and it's really hard to know I can't call you up to share things with you.

A mother's love is priceless and you were priceless. I know I inherited many of your traits and I will always be grateful for our 70+ years we had.

Love you bunches, and will always keep you in my heart. Now you Rest In Peace and suffer no more. Your loving daughter, Sharon.

PS No one will ever make sugar cookies like you!

Posted by Sharon Madarasz - Grand Blanc, MI - Family   April 12, 2018

Cliff- Marlene and I are sorry for your loss. Harriet was always very warm and friendly towards us and we have missed seeing both of you.
Gods blessing to you.

Posted by edwin oesterreich - east leroy, MI - Acquaintance   April 08, 2018

Harriet and I were cousins and 8 months apart in age. Because we lived in different cities and, for most of our adult lives, different states, we didn't see one another very often. However, we felt the affectionate bond of kinship and kept in touch through family members and Christmas cards.

Harriet always had a sunny, fun-loving outlook on life and a joy to be with. We will all miss her very much. My family joins me in sending our deepest condolences to Clifford and her entire family.

Posted by Alice Richards - Mobile, AL - Family   April 06, 2018

Mother, remembering all the yesterdays, the special growing years. Spent with friends and family and shared with smiles and tears. Remembering all the yesterdays and knowing as I do, the love in those sweet memories is all wrapped up in you. I will forever miss you mama. Love you so much. RIP, dear Mother.

Posted by Gay Anne Martin - Battle Creek, MI - Family   March 29, 2018

Dear Clifford and family: We are so very sorry to learn of Harriet's passing. May your loving memories of her bring you comfort. And please know that our warm and heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time.

Paul & Jean

Posted by Paul and Jean Kline - Battle Creek, MI - Friend   March 26, 2018

A classmate of Clifford at B C Central, I (we) are so sorry for your great loss. We also, have been married 70-plus years and cannot imagine losing one or the other.
Be strong, we trust your health is good. We will always think of you and your family. God Bless You.

Phayo (Bud) and Billie Grindol

Posted by Phayo (Bud) Grindol - Lake Charles,, LA - Friend   March 25, 2018

Sharon, we are very sorry for your loss! It is hard to lose a Mother whom you knew before you were ever born! All our sympathy to you and your family! Sending many hugs and prayers to help you through this most difficult time! Try to remember the good times you had with her! I know you had many! Love you!

Posted by Marlene Bradley - Durand, MI - Friend   March 20, 2018

Many blessings and prayers to her
family... Harriet was such an wonderful person and always friendly to everyone she met.. She will be truly missed

Posted by Gloria Skidmore - San Diego, CA - Friend   March 20, 2018

Harriet is my Mom's(Eleanor) cousin. We all hung out as kids, had family gatherings, and well.... always was a gr8 time, and such a pleasure hanging with our 2nd cousins and families. so much fun... You will be missed by soooo many. Loved when Candy and I would see u and Clifford at Burger King with your coupons like us...Always a Pleasure seeing you two... Prayers, Love and Hugs to all my loving sweet cousins... So Sorry for the loss of your mama.. Much Love, Paula

Posted by PAULA WEEDER - BATTLE CREEK, MI - Family   March 20, 2018