Kathleen “Tappy” Jean Martin



Kathleen "Tappy" Jean Martin, age 63,of Lapeer passed away on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor.  She was born in Edmore, Michigan on August 5, 1951, the daughter of Eugene and Charleene Wood.  She was raised in Six Lakes and graduated from Edmore High School and continued her education at  Baker College.


Kathleen married her loving husband of 28 years, George Albert Martin on July 24, 1993.  Due to their 30 year age difference, people told them it wouldn’t last, however they had been together for 28 years and married for over 21 years.  As a home maker, she enjoyed sewing, quilting, traveling with her husband.  She especially loved being a grandmother.


Kathleen is survived by her husband, George of Lapeer; her daughters:  Chariti Withey of Six Lakes and Mindi Hill of Barryton; grandchildren:  Tristen and Bryce Withey and Keegan and Konor Hill; her siblings: Kylle and Neil Wood; step-children:  Robert Martin, William Martin, Carol Nunez, Marilyn Martin, Wayne Martin and Bradley Martin and numerous step-grandchildren and step-great grandchildren.


Kathleen was preceded in death by her parents, Eugene and Charleene; grandchildren:  Chance and Brianna Whitman and a sister, Pauleene Parker.


A funeral service has been scheduled for Kathleen on Thursday, December 11 at 3 p.m. at the Brigham Funeral Chapel, 413 E. Gilson Street, Edmore with Pastor Mike Riegler officiating.  The family will receive the support of friends and extended family members at a visitation scheduled for scheduled for Wednesday, December 10, 2014 from 4 to 8 p.m. and on Thursday, December 11, 2014 from 2 to 3 p.m. (1 hour prior to the service) also at the Brigham Funeral Chapel in Edmore.  Interment will be in Hillcrest Cemetery.


In lieu of a memorial contribution, the family suggests a “pay it forward” gesture in Kathleen’s honor.


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  • Sue Hendrix(morey) (Thursday, January 29 15 03:17 pm EST)

    We were good friends in high school. We use to hang out a her house a lot. I am sorry I didn't keep in touch. I have great memories of her. Sorry for your loss.

  • Denise Jensen Sironen (Thursday, December 11 14 11:08 am EST)

    Tappy and her family lived near me when we lived in Edmore. I remember many hours spent playing at their house. I knew her sister and brothers, too, but I was closest to Tappy. She was sweet girl and
    I remember her fondly. I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Janis Mercer Stasiak (Thursday, December 11 14 06:34 am EST)

    I am so sorry to hear of Tappy's passing!!! Please know that I am praying for comfort for you all.

  • Todd (Wednesday, December 10 14 08:04 pm EST)

    I'm glad we had the chance to meet. I'm going to miss you sweet woman

  • Alyssa Grosskopf (Wednesday, December 10 14 04:49 pm EST)

    She will truly be missed! Tappy always told me I was the granddaughter she never had! That was a few years back! We had great memories with sewing she was the one who inspired me to sew. Her and
    George were the ones I spent my days with after school. I absolutely loved being with them! She will be missed!

  • Callene Wright (Wednesday, December 10 14 07:22 am EST)

    I will surely miss this sweet lady. We shared many wonderful stories of her children and George her husband,She loved him deeply.Her Grand Children were very dear to her.We laughed and Cried many
    times.Heaven is Blessed to have her,We are Blessed to have Memories of her. Love you Tappy !!!

  • Natalie Weber (Tuesday, December 09 14 06:54 pm EST)

    I'm so sorry for everyones' loss. The times I spent with Tappy will forever be cherished. We laughed, we had our serious talks and just loved to spend time at bonfires and gardening. Tappy was truly
    a "special" person and the most talented seamstress, quilter, I know. I'm sure George will miss her terribly!! Prayers for all of her family, that they may celebrate her life.... And know she loved
    you all!! RIP Tappy, You will be missed

  • Jill (Froedtert) Mason (Tuesday, December 09 14 02:22 pm EST)

    Many,many fond memories for my childhood friend. RIP "Tappy".My sympathy to your family.

  • Alex Bogue (Tuesday, December 09 14 12:40 pm EST)

    Chariti and Mindi, words alone can't describe the pain I feel for you guys. I never met Tappy, but she sounded so wonderful. God bless!

  • Dixie Kimble (Tuesday, December 09 14 09:16 am EST)

    Sorry for your loss. May God be with you and your family. Prayers for Tappy and all of her loved ones. May God bless this family

  • Jodie Gaver (Monday, December 08 14 10:56 pm EST)

    Let's start the celebration of her life!

    She has beautiful kids and Grandkids.


  • Russell Hale (Monday, December 08 14 09:50 pm EST)

    My Condolences to the family

  • deb and Bob prentice (Monday, December 08 14 07:15 pm EST)

    So sorry for your loss. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Vesta Adsit (Monday, December 08 14 05:09 pm EST)

    A beautiful angel to help watch over your family, Mindi and loved ones. I'm so sorry for this loss, she will forever be with you. Blessed be.

  • Betty Guynn (Monday, December 08 14 04:50 pm EST)

    Mindy so sorry for your loss I know how close you were to your mom and losing her is so very painful. She will take care of your babies for you. God Bless

  • Ethan Belden (Monday, December 08 14 04:23 pm EST)

    Prayers that she shall be safe in Heaven.

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