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Janette Laurine Martin

September 12, 1942 ~ December 29, 2023 (age 81) 81 Years Old

Janette Martin Obituary

Janette Laurine Martin
September 12th, 1942  --  December 29th, 2023

Janette Laurine Martin (Jan) was born on Sept 12, 1942 in Sidney, Montana as the eldest child of of Eva and Aaron Frandsen. She is survived by her only sibling Ron Frandsen, multiple cousins, by her two children (from her marriage to Spencer) Trevor Martin and Shawna Martin, as well as her four grandchildren Ashley, Kai, Hayden, and Nicholas.

Jan attended Dana Lutheran College in Nebraska and was employed as a Legal Secretary until her focus shifted to raising her children. She took many classes later in life on her interests including geology, forest management, art, ceramics, and photography. She was a life-long learner and was prone to researching and gaining knowledge, a trait that really stands her apart. She was skilled in many other ways. One skill that was in constant use was her sewing. Let me tell you, this lady took care of every tear, fallen button, hem, and clothing oddity that was put in front of her and she did it all with ease and love. Her typing prowess was also heavily used as her days working in the law office had her able to type to dictation easily saving many an hour for so many people.

She dedicated time to Stewardship of local Michigan Nature Conservancy land over many years, walking the property and relishing the additional time in nature it provided. Closer to home, she commonly got her hands dirty in her own garden and she even helped excavate at a mastodon dig-site. Jan quickly developed a passion for houseplants, at one point having an astonishing brood of 250 little lives to care for. She has always included plants with her talent for creating cozy spaces both inside and out.  

Additionally, Jan was very active in her Church throughout her life, taking on various roles in committees and other leadership positions (her note-taking and organization were impressive). She made a mean picnic jello for church potlucks, played the piano for the kiddos in Sunday School, and was always helpful wherever she saw a need.  Some of her favorite hymns of note are: Let Us Ever Walk With Jesus, Battle Hymn of the Republic, I Love to Tell The Story, Beautiful Savior, Amazing Grace, and How Great Thou Art.

While she lived into her 80's we all expected to have her for another decade (at least). She took amazing care of herself physically, spiritually, emotionally, and mentally. As an example, in July of 2023 she decided it was time to get up in the treehouse Trevor built for his boys. Before the rest of us could formulate a quick safety plan to get her up there she had already darted to the ladder and was halfway up. It was decided to not worry about her for a few more years.

Her obvious love of nature likely sprouted from her early days on the family's farm. She walked many a trail but more often than not would be found off the beaten path, tromping over fallen trees to get a closer look at a mushroom or a birds nest. It was not uncommon to lose track of her on a walk and find her laying flat on the ground taking pictures of the tiniest flowers or bugs. One of her most recent favorite places to walk alone or meet for a chat is The Garden of Healing and Renewal in Clarkston, Michigan.  

Jan has been greatly renowned for being thoughtful, caring, and easy to be around. Her calm, soft-spoken presence has had a way of drawing people in, and she easily became an additional mom, sister, daughter, and friend to many people throughout her life. This led to her having been a sought-out listener whose understanding and advice was always given with kindness and respect and led her to become the trusted keeper of a great many secrets for a great many people. Only some of us, though, were lucky enough to sit up talking and giggling with her til the wee hours of the morning, always astonished at the time passed and hastily hugging, then trying to fall asleep before the sunrise. (Wink-wink)

There is just never enough time to express how much someone matters, how much their presence in the world has changed the course of things, of people, of the lives around them. So when you think of Jan know that she was, well, a lot of things to a lot of people. But through it all there has been a true commonality. She was loved.

She is missed.

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