Betty Martin obituary (1935 – 2021) – Mattoon, IL


Betty jean martin

April 22, 1935 – October 22, 2021

MATTOON – Betty Jean Martin, 86, of Mattoon, IL, passed away at 4:20 a.m. on Friday, October 22, 2021, at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Mattoon, IL.

A private family service will be held at noon on Thursday, October 28, 2021, at the First Presbyterian Church, 10 Charleston Avenue, Mattoon, IL, 61938; Reverend Matthew Froeschle will officiate. An incarceration service will immediately follow at Bethel Cemetery. Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home is responsible for the services.

Betty was born on April 22, 1935 in Junction, IL, to the late Elbert Woods and Melva Dean. After her father died, Betty was raised by her mother and loving stepfather, Dale Awalt. She married Lindel R. Martin on July 5, 1957, in Carbondale, IL, and they lived together sixty-four years of marriage; he predeceased her in death on April 27, 2021.

She is survived by one son, Stephen L. Martin of Louiseville, KY; two daughters: Kimberly A. Dalton of Middleburg, FL, Tamara S. Overton and her husband Myles of Mattoon, IL; five grandchildren: Joshua A. Martin and his wife Rochelle of Coryton, IN, Jessica L. Ryan and her husband Nathan of St. Louis, MO, Kyndall R. Kaufman and her husband Adam, Tayli M. Frantz and her husband Zac , Logan M. Thornton and husband Bryce, all of Mattoon, IL; twelve great-grandchildren and another on the way; one brother, Mike Awalt and his wife Cindy of Carmi, IL; two sisters: Glenda Moye of Carbondale, IL, Debbie Griffith and her husband Walt of Kennesaw, GA; one brother-in-law, Richard Moye of Ridgeway, IL. She is predeceased by a younger brother, Carrol D. Woods.

Betty received her BA in English and her minor in Geography from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. She worked in education for many years as an executive assistant to the regional superintendent of the Coles County School District. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Mattoon, IL.

Betty enjoyed spending time at home, crocheting, completing crossword puzzles, and playing Pinochle with her husband. A loving and devoted mother and grandmother, Betty’s family was her pride and joy. Although calm and reserved, she was still exceptionally excited to hold the new babies who have joined the family over the years.

She touched the hearts of those close to her and will be remembered.

Memorials in his honor can be made at the Frist Presbyterian Church, 10 Charleston Avenue, Mattoon, IL, 61938.

Please visit www.mitchelljerdan.com or www.facebook.com/mitchelljerdanfuneralhome to light a virtual candle in his honor or share a memory with the family.

Published by Journal Gazette & Times-Courier on October 27, 2021.

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