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martinJosephine B. Martin

February 7, 1934 – March 25, 2014


 Josephine B. Martin, 80, of Monroe died at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Vincent MercyMedical Center in Toledo. She had been in poor health for three weeks.

 Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Rupp Funeral Home. She will lie instate 10 a.m. Saturday at the Monroe Missionary Baptist Church with funeral services at 11 a.m. Rev. Roy Southerland pastor will officiate with burial to follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

 Born February 7, 1934 in Tazewell, Tennessee she was the daughter of Robert and Pauline (Massingill) Hurst. She married Marcus Martin on August 29, 1953 in Monroe. He preceded her in death on June 13, 2004.

  Josephine was employed by D.A.U. Medical in California as an administration director,  and by Dr. Frost and Dr Tomczak as a medical assistant in Monroe. She then was employed by the Meijer and Walmart Stores until retiring in 2009.

 She was a 1950 graduate of Monroe High School, and graduated from the ToledoMedicalEducationalCenter as a medical assistant in 1978.

 She was a member of the Monroe Missionary Baptist Church and enjoyed reading, but the daily joy of her life was her beloved dogs Mia and Lucy.

 Surviving are her children Judy Martin of Monroe, Mark Martin and Manuel Aguilar of Ontario, California and Kimberly (Ernest) Vannatter-Martin of Ona, West Virginia; granddaughter Brandi Jo (Neil) Shover of Monroe; great-grandcaughter Kayla Shover of Monroe; brothers Charles (Kathy) Jennings of Monroe and Wayne (Betty) Henegar of Three Rivers.

 She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, brother, Franklin Hurst and sister Wilma Owens.

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7 Responses to Josephine B. Martin

  • Vickie Werner-Dylewski says:

    Dear Judy (Mark & Kim),
    I’m so sorry for your loss . . . your mother remained as beautiful as I remember from 45+ years ago. Please know that you are in my thoughts & prayers.
    Gods blessings,

  • Sherry DuBois says:

    Dear Judy and Kim,
    I am so sorry for the loss of your Mother. Jo certainly was a great woman and I’m so happy to have had the opportunity to meet her. She was a great person to work with also. Please try to focus on all the good times.
    Jo may you rest in peace.

  • Ernest Rhodes says:

    Sorry for your loss. She was a very special person.

  • Jeanie Garling says:

    I am so sad to hear of Jo’s passing! I know I missed working w/ her after she retired :( Judy, Brandy and Kayla are in my thoughts and prayers. May memories comfort you. She was an awesome woman and I’m glad I got to know her. God Bless.

  • Lia Pacheco says:

    Dear Mark, Judy and Kim,
    May this prayer help you find a measure of comfort during this time.


    Prayer for the Dead

    Dear God,
    Please take the soul and spirit of this dear departed one into the sweetest corner of Your mind, the most tender place in Your heart, that she, and I, might be comforted.
    For now she has gone, and I pray, dear God, for the strength to remember she has not gone far.
    For she is with You and shall remain so forever.
    She remains within me, for we are all in You together.
    The cord that binds us one to the other cannot be cut, surely not by death.
    For you, dear God, have brought us together, and we remain in eternal connection.
    There is no power greater than You.
    Death is not Your master, nor mine.
    These things I believe and ask my heart to register.
    I surrender to You my grief.
    I surrender to You my pain.
    Please take care of Your servant, my dear one who has passed.
    And please, dear Lord, take care of me.
    – from Illuminata

  • Heather Fultz says:

    Judy and family, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family . Jo was a wonderful person and she will sadly be missed

  • Vickie Owens-Galle says:

    I know its been years since we have talked or even seen each other. I want you to know that I have many fond memories of your mother from our visits to Michigan. She was so funny and so matter-of-fact! The best night of sleep in my life was in her bedroom at Nanny’s house. I’ll never forget the time she went sun-tanning with iodine, only to come in the burnt to a crisp! She always had something funny to say… She used to call me Miss Vickie. It’s sad our families grew apart. Not sure why and not what I wanted. I wish you all healing as I know what it feels like to have lost both my parents. Sorry I missed the funeral, but I got the news the day after she was laid to rest. God bless u Judy, Mark & Kim…

    Your Cousin Vickie

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