Audrey M. Martin, 98, North Manchester, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on May 1, 2021, at Peabody Healthcare Center in North Manchester.
The youngest of Elmer and Elva (Meyers) Christner’s 10 children, Audrey was born on Aug. 26, 1922, in Silver Lake.
On Sept. 8, 1943, Audrey married the love of her life, Larry Martin. During their 58 years of marriage, Audrey and Larry had two daughters, Judy and Jo Ellen. Sadly, on Nov. 14, 2001, Audrey experienced immense heartbreak when Larry died.
For 25 years, Audrey worked at Heckman Bindery in North Manchester. In addition to working outside of the home, Audrey was also a homemaker. From raising their children to cooking and housekeeping, Audrey always took great joy and pride in her family. She taught her daughters and grandchildren the value of hard work and helping wherever they could.
Audrey was the example of a strong Christian woman. For many years, she helped set up funeral dinners and whatever else needed done around the Christian Fellowship Church of North Manchester where she was a member.
Audrey loved tending to her plants in the garden. Her idea of caring for plants was the same as the way she cared for people. Many times, if a piece of a plant broke off, she tried to start a new plant with it. She did the same with people. If they were in need, she tried to make the best of things for that person. She loved her children deeply, but it was her grandchildren and great-grandchildren who were the apples of her eye. They became her life and purpose.
The loving memory of Audrey M. Martin will be forever cherished by her daughters, Judy Coleman, Goshen, and Jo Ellen Monce, North Manchester; grandchildren Karrie (David) Coleman, Janelle (Matthew) Sepsey, Jill (Ryan) LoMonaco, Hollie (Jeff) Felgar, Martin (Jody) Monce and Lindsay (Andy) Deming; and eight great-grandchildren.
Audrey was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Elva Christner; husband Larry Martin; brothers Claude, Roy, Raymond, Wilbur and John Christner; and sisters Fern Christner, Mildred Warner, Genieve Oldfather and Virginia Able.
A private graveside service will be held at a later date at Oaklawn Cemetery, 600 Beckley St., North Manchester.
For those who wish to honor the memory of Audrey M. Martin, memorial contributions may be made to the Wabash Animal Shelter, 810 Manchester Ave., Wabash, IN 46992.
The family of Audrey M. Martin has entrusted McKee Mortuary with final arrangements.