Jessie A. Martin, 83, of Monroeville and formerly of Kelleys Island, passed away Saturday, April 5, 2008, in Stein Hospice Care Center, Sandusky, after a lengthy illness.
She was born Jessie May Abbott inRarden,asmallvillageinthehills ofsouthernOhio, on June 17, 1924. She graduated from Rarden High School in 1940, and later gained the title of Runner-Up Miss Ohio and Miss Rio Grande. In 1945, after receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rio Grande College, she moved to Kelleys Island whereshebeganher30-yearcareer in education, which included teaching at Kelleys Island School, Norwalk High School and Perkins High School.
While on Kelleys Island, she met and married her husband of 62 years, fourth-generation islander Charles “Jake” Martin, and they resided there until moving to Monroeville in 2005. Jessie was lovingly devoted to her husband and family. She will be remembered and missed for her tender kindness, her love of cooking, doll collecting, travel and nature, and her dedication to education.
Jessie was a member of the Kelleys Island Board of Education and oneofthefoundingmembersofthe Kelleys Island Historical Society. ShewasalongtimememberofZion United Methodist Church on Kelleys. She was an accomplished and published author of several articles, children’s stories and books including: “Wish Upon a Whippoorwill”, “Cooking and Fishing on Kelleys Island”, “A History and Some Tales of Kelleys Island, OH”, “On the Trail of the Red Fox”, “A Collection of Cakes and Verse” and “The Beginnings and Tales of the Lake Erie Islands”.
She is survived by her loving and devoted husband, Charles “Jake” Martin; one daughter, Lizabeth (Dan) Fresch of Sandusky; one son, Charles “Chuck” (Joy) Martin of Hicksville, Ohio; two sisters, Velma Abbott of Marblehead and Monta (Henry) Tardif of Fort Myers, Fla.; one brother, John “Jack” (Betty) Abbott of Morrow, Ohio; seven grandchildren, Danielle, Martha, Sarah and A.J. Fresch, and Jennifer, Charlie (Cally) and Jeremy Martin; one great-grandchild, Vanessa Martin; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Minor Edward and Anna Eva (Wilson) Abbott; and two brothers, Edward and George Abbott.
Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday in Ransom Funeral Home, 610 S. Washington St., Castalia. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Zion United Methodist Church, Chapel Street, Kelleys Island, with the Rev. Robert May and the Rev. Robert Myers officiating. Burial will be in Kelleys Island Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Jessie A. Martin Memorial Scholarship Fund in care of any Fifth Third Bank.