BERLIN HEIGHTS - Retha Martin, 68, of Berlin Heights, passed away at home early Thursday morning, March 28, 2013.
She is survived by three of her children, Oshel Cloward, Sabrina Wright, and Shane (Becky) Martin; her 10 grandchildren, Amber, Shane, Dylan, Austin, Madison, Angie, Landon, Travis, Jacob, and Kaleb. She had five great-grandchildren J.W., Pipper, Kendal, Antonette, and Silas.
Retha was born in Washington Courthouse, on Aug. 27, 1944. She was a certified hypnotherapist from the Cincinnati School of Hypnosis, and a Silva graduate. She was the founder of the Retha J. Martin School of Personal Growth, in Berlin Heights, Ohio.
She instructed self-hypnosis and other modalities of hypnosis through the continuing Education Department of several colleges. She appeared on her own weekly television show "Complimentary Care" which consisted of over 500 episodes, teaching the benefits of hypnotherapy. She specialized in the practice of hypnotherapy for positive behavioral changes in children, but worked with all groups.
Retha served as the first National Director of the International Hypnosis Hall of Fame Guild, Inc., and in 1994 was honored with the "Woman of the Year" award. She was inducted into the Hypnosis Hall of Fame Guild, Inc. in 1996. She was a board member of the International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association (IMDHA) and has received from them the "Teamwork" award and their highest award, the "Life Diplomat in Hypnotherapy" (year 2000). She has also received "Hypnotist of the Year" from the Mid-American Hypnosis Conference. She has also been listed in the "World's Who's Who of Women." She has received Congressional recognition for her work in hypnotherapy.
Retha enjoyed making rugs for her friends and family. She was an avid reader with a wide range of interests including self-help books, mysteries, educational, and anything relating to her field of hypnotherapy. One of her many joys was helping others find their true self. She had many quotes; these are just a few: "What's your word for today?" "There is gold dust in the air." "This is the best day of my life up to this point in time!"
She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Martin; her son, Ricky Cloward; and her parents, Oshel and Martha Travis.
Visiting hours were Monday, April 1, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at Foster Funeral Home and Crematory, 410 Main St., Huron.
Services will be today (Tuesday, April 2) at 1 p.m. followed by a lunch at the Huron Eagles, Cleveland Road, Huron.
Memorial donations, if desired may be made to Make-a-Wish Foundation, Northwest Ohio Regional Office, 405 Madison Ave., Suite 210, Toledo, OH 43604.
Online condolences may be shared at www.fosterfh.com.