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Helen Ruth (Haines) Martin

January 4, 1926 ~ July 15, 2020 (age 94)

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Helen Ruth (Haines) Martin, 94, of Decatur, Ind. passed away on July 15, 2020, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood Hospital in Edgewood, Ky. Born January 4, 1926 in Monroe, Ind. the daughter of the late H. Russel & R. Lucille (Harmon) Haines.

Helen graduated from Monroe High School as valedictorian of the class of 1943.  She was a voracious reader and gifted in her sewing, quilting and ceramics making. Helen also worked in various county offices and was a church pianist.

She married Richard Allen Martin on January 3, 1948, and after 54 years together, he passed away on April 18, 2002. 

Helen was a member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Decatur, where she was a former member of the Martha Circle and the United Methodist Women. For many years she was the head of the Friendship Club (widows’ group) for Haggard-Sefton-Hirschy & Zelt Funeral Home.

Helen is survived by her daughter Cheryll (the late Gary) Spirer of Murrysville, Pa., and son Neil (Jane) Martin of Florence, Ky.; five grandchildren: Stephanie (Joel) Crandall, Jaclyn Spirer, Justin Martin, Jeremy Martin, and Christina Martin (fiancé Evan Stark); and four great-grandchildren: Dakota Crandall, Carter Crandall, Ariella Martin, and Jameson Crandall.

She also is survived by her brother Donald R. Haines and numerous nieces and nephews. She also was preceded in death by her sister I. Roselle Steiner.

A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date. Burial will take place in the Decatur Cemetery in a private graveside ceremony, with Rev. Ernie Suman officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Adams County Community Foundation Heart Fund or the charity of one’s choice.

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