April 1, 1945 - May 7, 2017
Born in Bay County, MI
Resided in (Formerly) - Bay City, MI
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Barbara Ellen Martin, age 72, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday morning, May 7, 2017 at McLaren Bay Region in Bay City, MI. She was born April 1, 1945 and spent much of her life in Bay City, MI, although she recently moved to the Houghton Lake area with her husband of more than 32 years, Kenneth H. Martin. Barbara was a veteran of the U. S. Navy and after her honorable discharge from the service, was employed with the Church of St. Boniface for many years. She also spent years running a daycare out of her home. Barbara was not only very active in the Catholic church, but also spent decades as a Civil War reenactor, was an avid photographer and enjoyed long road trips and playing bingo or cards with her friends. She loved children and animals, especially rabbits and heron, and flowers as well.

She is survived by her loving husband, Ken Martin; her daughter, Victoria Reidelberger of Boston, MA; four granddaughters, Christi Raines of Nitro, WV, Casey Atkinson of Bad Axe, Cory (David) Atkinson of Midland, and P.J. Reidelberger-Atkinson of Bay City; four great grandchildren, Kaeson, Bentley, Melody, and Lucy; two very special former daycare girls, Whitney and Elizabeth Smith; as well as her sister, Nancy (Jack) Thomas of Illinois. Also surviving are many cousins, nephews, nieces (especially Nancy E. Powers), and other relatives, along with her cat, Max. Barbara was preceded in death by both of her parents and two sisters, Isla Mae (Robert) Powers and Carol (Richard) Hardy of Bay City.

At Barbara's request, cremation has taken place and there will be no visiting hours or services. Final arrangements have been entrusted to the care of W. A. Trahan Funeral Chapel & Prearrangement Center of Bay City.

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