Avis Isabell Martin, daughter of Glenn and Myrta (Carpenter) Jackson, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019 surrounded by loving family and the compassionate staff of Woodawn Meadows and Elara Caring Hospice.
Avis graduated from Thornapple Kellogg High School in 1943. She married Kenneth Rose on August 18, 1945. Together they raised three children in Hastings: Carol (John) Mantle, Susan (Carl) Mansfield, and Dean (Sandy) Rose.
Avis was a Bluebird leader, a volunteer at Pennock Hospital, active in the First Presbyterian Church, and a volunteer at the Love, INC Food Pantry. She was an accomplished seamstress. She loved refinishing antique furniture and meticulously restored each piece back to its original beauty. After Ken’s untimely death in 1968, Avis helped shepherd her children through college. By her example, they learned how strength comes from meeting adversity head-on. She entered a career in real estate, eventually earning her broker’s license. She later went to work for Spartan Stores in Grand Rapids where she met her second husband, Robert Martin.
She loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and her extended family. She enjoyed bowling, golf, jigsaw puzzles, oil painting, traveling, wintering in Texas, and a good game of bridge. (She always played to win). Her car was programmed to stop, or at least slow down, when passing a garage sale. Her sense of humor was legendary and at family reunions, she enjoyed nothing more than a good ribbing. She gave as good as she got.
She is survived by her three children; step-children, Cheryl (Robert) Truemper, Kent Reed, Jon (Betsy) Reed, Susan (Bert) Branch; several grandchildren and great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her five siblings, and both husbands.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019 at the First Presbyterian Church, 405 N. M-37 Hwy., Hastings, MI. Visitation is scheduled from 10 to 11 a.m. and the memorial service will begin at 11 a.m.. Lunch at the church will follow the service.
Honoring Avis’s wishes, the family requests that you consider a donation to the First Presbyterian Church of Hastings, Elara Caring Hospice or the charity of your choice.
Lauer Family Funeral Home 1401 N. Broadway in Hastings has been entrusted to care for the family. Please share condolences to Avis’ family at www.lauerfh.com.