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Mrs. Leta M. Kelly Martin Tinnin, age 78 years, of Jefferson City, Mo., went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, July 18, 2010, at St. Mary's Health Center.
Leta was born October 28, 1931, in St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of Albert Francis "Red" and Nettie M. DeMoss Kelly. She was married on February 19, 1947, to Donald Hudson Martin who preceded her in death in 1978. She was married to N.E. "Gene" Tinnin from 1981 until 1994. Leta attended Eugene schools and was a resident of Eldon and Jefferson City. She was employed at Carps Department Store in Eldon, Crown Drug Store in Jefferson City and retired from the Missouri National Guard Headquarters in 1986. She was a national archery competition winner, enjoyed bingo, crocheting, camping, canoeing, attending Eastern Star activities, but her most precious moments were with her family. Leta attended Concord Baptist Church, was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Victoria Chapter No. 14 serving in several offices including Worthy Matron. Survivors include: one son, Donald J. Martin of the home; five grandchildren, Peter Martin and his wife Terrie of Jefferson City, Mo., Jennifer Boller and her husband Terrence of St. Charles, Mo., Amy Robins of Jefferson City, Mo., Kimberly Howard and her husband Tim of Imperial, Mo., and Kyle Martin of Little Rock, Arkansas; six great- grandchildren, Tori Robins, Ethan and Eric Boller, James and True Howard, and Brock Martin; one sister, Mary Lou Homfeldt; two nieces, Bobbie Lynn Crane and Jackie Vick and her husband Maurice all of St. Peters, Mo.; and two great-nieces, as well as two former daughters-in-law, Jane Oliver of Westphalia, Mo. and Lois Martin of St. Peters. Mo.; and one special friend, Claudine Samsonoff of Austin, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Donald; one son, Dennis Martin; a brother, James J. Kelly; an infant sister, Nellie Jean Kelly; her former husband Gene Tinnin; and a former daughter-in-law, Diane Martin-Yaworski. Visitation will be at Freeman Mortuary from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. Wednesday with an Order of the Eastern Star service at 7:00 p.m. in the Freeman Chapel under the auspices of the Victoria Chapter No. 14. Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 22, 2010, in the Freeman Chapel. Interment will be at the Eugene Cemetery, Eugene, Mo. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Order of the Eastern Star, Victoria Chapter No. 14. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary. www.freemanmortuary.com
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