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Mrs. Harriet L. Martin
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    3816 Paysphere Circle
    Chicago, IL 60674

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“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...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Sharon Madarasz - Grand Blanc, MI

“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...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: edwin oesterreich - east leroy, MI

“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...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Alice Richards - Mobile, AL

“Mother, remembering all the yesterdays, the special growing years. Spent with friends and family and shared with smiles and tears. Remembering all...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Gay Anne Martin - Battle Creek, MI

“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...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Paul and Jean Kline - MI - Friend

“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...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Phayo (Bud) Grindol - LA - Friend

“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...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Marlene Bradley - Durand, MI

“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 ”
8 of 9 | Posted by: Gloria Skidmore - San Diego, CA

“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...Read More »
9 of 9 | Posted by: PAULA WEEDER - BATTLE CREEK, MI


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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 www.farleyestesdowdle.com.

Upcoming Funeral Services

Thursday, May 10
12:30 PM    3614051 3710789 20180510T123000

Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care

105 Capital Ave. N.E. Battle Creek, , MI 49017
(269) 962-5527


Thursday, May 10
12:00 PM to 12:30 PM    3614052 3710790 20180510T120000 20180510T123000

Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care

105 Capital Ave. N.E. Battle Creek, , MI 49017
(269) 962-5527



Thursday, May 10
2:00 PM    3614053 3710791 20180510T140000

Fort Custer National Cemetery

15501 Dickman Road Augusta, MI 49012
(269) 731-4164