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Phyllis J. (McGregor) Martens

Battle Creek

Phyllis Jeanette (McGregor) Martens, age 87, of Battle Creek, MI died Friday morning, January 22, 2016 while staying at the Battle Creek Manor. She and her husband ("boy friend" - James) lived for 58 years on the Bedford family farm.

She was born October 19, 1928 in Shelby, OH the daughter Almond A. McGregor and Mildred (Nunguesser) McGregor.

Phyllis was a 1947 graduate of Vermontville High School and came to Battle Creek in 1950 from Bellevue. She married James H. Martens in Charlotte Michigan on June 13, 1947.

Phyllis was a homemaker and wife until the family was raised, then she worked in the production area of Post Cereals for 17 ½ years, retiring in 1984.

She attended the Bedford Bible Church and was a past member of the Bedford Order of Eastern Star. She enjoyed traveling, watching the birds, and reading. She devoted her life to her children and grandchildren attending sporting events and family gatherings. She especially liked the "campouts" the grandkids would have in their living room with popcorn and hot chocolate. They liked bike riding while on trips and stopping in small towns to either walk or bike. They wintered in Lakeland, Florida for several years and after in Gulfport, Mississippi for 8 years.

Phyllis is survived by her husband James H. Martens of Battle Creek; two sons: Keith A. & Michelle Martens of Battle Creek; Bradley N. & Cindy Martens of Bellevue, MI; two daughters: Pamela A. & Daniel Weston of Plainwell, MI; Sally A. & Matthew Nelson of Battle Creek; nine grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; two brothers Richard McGregor of Homestead, Florida; and Robert McGregor - Homestead, Florida

She was preceded in death by her parents, son: James H. Martens, II in 1951 and step-mother: Lula McGregor (1996).

Visitation with family and friends are planned for Wednesday, January 27, 2016 from 11:00 AM - 12:00 Noon. A Graveside Service will follow at the Bedford Cemetery, Bedford, MI at 12:00 Noon. Pastor John R. Fulton of the Bedford Bible Church will be officiating. Memorial tributes may be made to: Bedford Bible Church. Arrangements by the Bachman Hebble Funeral Service. Please leave a remembrance for the family on Phyllis' web page at


Published in Battle Creek Enquirer from Jan. 23 to Jan. 26, 2016
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