CLINTON — Mary E. Martin, 90, of Clinton, died at 3:13 a.m. on Friday, October 25, 2013 at St. Joseph Medical Center, in Bloomington, Ill. after a brief illness.
She was born December 16, 1922 in DeWitt County, to Edward and Ida (Hall) Dial, the second eldest of seven children.
Mary co-founded the Martin Auction Company in 1947 with her husband Warren Martin. She also owned and operated the Summer Haven Swim Club during the 1960s. After 30 years of marriage, they divorced in 1971, and Warren died in 2003. With an independent role, Mary continued to work the auction business for much of those remaining years, as well as being a devoted Texas Township clerk and overseeing the Texas Township cemeteries for well over 30 years.
Mary was a lifelong member of the Texas Township Christian Church, in Clinton. She is survived by her son, Larry (Cindy) Martin of Clinton Ill. and daughter, Susi Irvin, of North Redington Beach Fla. Mary is also survived by her five grandchildren; Lorri (Marc) Elder, of Downs Ill., Lucy (Rob) Nord, of Clinton Ill., Leslie (Aaron) Garrett of Normal Ill., Chad (Dana) Irvin of Grayslake Ill., and Troy Martin Irvin of Manhattan N.Y. and Bloomington Ill.; nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Anna (Ray) Moss, of Clinton Ill., two brothers, Philip Dial, of Maroa Ill. and Bob Dial, of Tennessee.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents, an infant son Donald Ray Martin, a sister and two brothers.
Mary was a wonderful mother and grandmother. She enjoyed working outside on her grounds in the countryside, with landscape projects and floral gardens, and enjoyed the historical work she completed as a cemetery sexton. After suffering from the effects of Alzheimer’s this past year, she is now free from those bonds and her soul is at peace. Her family will miss her greatly but are thankful for a lifetime of memories.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, October 28, 2013 at Texas Christian Church, Clinton, Ill. with Scott Marsh officiating. Burial followed in the Texas Township Cemetery, Clinton. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, Ill. handled the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Texas Christian Church in her honor.
Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com