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Claudette Elaine (Clark) Martin

Claudette Elaine (Clark) Martin

Saturday, July 1st, 1933 - Sunday, November 3rd, 2019
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Claudette Elaine Martin, 86, passed away Sunday night, Nov. 3 in Bloomington. She was born in Indianapolis on Jul. 1, 1933, to Ralph M. and G. Mildred (McNeff) Clark. While working for the Indiana State Police, she met John Robert “Bob” Martin, and they were married in her parents’ Maywood home on Mar. 7, 1954. Bob joined the U.S. Army and Claudette became the consummate officer’s wife. With the frequent moves of military life, she helped to create loving homes in numerous houses in Kentucky, Hawaii, Oklahoma, Texas, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. They had two children, Karen Elaine Martin (Michael Vanderpool) and John David Martin (Jen Yates Martin). After Bob retired from the Army, they moved to Bloomington in 1977.
Claudette was a gracious hostess to extended family and to many college students who found a home away from home with her. She met many of those young people while working at Sears, and they became lifelong friends. Claudette was an avid reader and a remarkable cook. She also had a dry and precise sense of humor which she shared with her family to the very end. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Bloomington.
Claudette is survived by her son and daughter, her brother Jerry Lyman Clark, her nieces and nephews Sheri Lahr Renas, Greg Lahr, Elaine Clark and Jason Clark, her grandchildren Danielle Elaine Settlemyer LePore (Tony), Tim Settlemyer, Eileen Settlemyer and Nate Martin, and one great-grandchild Leah LePore. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob, and by a nephew, Martin Lahr.
There will be a private family memorial. If you wish to honor Claudette, please consider a donation in her name to the Wounded Warrior Project,
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Posted at 03:31pm
Love to Karen and John and their families, and to Claudette's loved ones. She was special. She called me in May to explain why she couldn't decorate the Martin burial plot in Waynetown because she had fallen. Bob and Jr Barker (My deceased husband) were the best of friends, always. We traveled often to Bloomington to the IU Purdue game and to spend time with them. He was a true military man, and she was the ideal "military wife". Having talked with her so recently, it is hard to realize she is gone. We also exchanged Emails occasionally, and back when she was able she came to decorate, and would call and meet us at "Uncle Smileys" for lunch. There were times when we would drive to Bloomington and meet her for lunch, (some corner restaurant). Always a friend, Mary Barker (Mrs. George Jr.)

Karen Martin Settlemyer Posted at 09:51pm

Mary, thank you so much! John and I went to the cemetery in Waynetown today to inter her ashes next to Dad. We met with Wally Hooker from the Wingate Funeral Home, Friends and Family. He has posted her obituary on his funeral home site as well and will post a notice in the Crawfordsville newspaper. I appreciate your sweet thoughts and sharing. I will miss her every day.

Cory Vanderpool

Posted at 11:22am
We enjoyed the few times we got to spend with your mother. Mike especially took a liking to her for her honesty, humor and authenticity. I am sure a woman like Claudette is mourned eternally because of how much life they had in them. Thinking of you and your family.

Karen Martin Settlemyer Posted at 09:52pm

Cory, thank you. My brother and I interred Mom's ashes today next to my father. It's a really sad time, made bearable by the many friends and people whose lives my mom touched. I appreciate your memories and sharing them with me!

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