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Mildred Martin

April 6, 1949 - May 3, 2020
Canton, MI


Life Story / Obituary


It was just as the 1940s were coming to a close that Sanders and Nellie Martin were eagerly awaiting the birth of their new baby. As Spring appeared in Comer, Georgia. The big day finally arrived on April 6th, 1949 when the baby girl they named "Mildred" drew her first breath. Raised on a farm, Mildred was the youngest of 13. Currently Living: Lillie Mae, Nellie Gray, Leroy, Shirley Ann, and George William. Deceased: Solomon, Betty Ann, Julia Mae, Thomas James, Doris, Leona, and Sanders Jr.

All who knew Mildred Martin would agree that she was truly beautiful on the inside and out. Mildred’s life was filled with so many of the best things that life had to offer, but it was easy to see that her greatest joy was found in her son Charles Terry, III. Charles was more than just a son; he was the brightest beacon in her life. He was the person she worked so hard & tireless for. Unfortunately, in 1996 Charles was called home too soon.

During 1962, Mildred moved to Chicago, Illinois after her mother, Nellie Martin gained her wings. Her father, Sanders Martin preceded his wife in 1953. Mildred was raised by her older Brother, Solomon Martin and his wife Annie Pearl and their daughters Cynthia and Rhonda.

She graduated high school. She continued her education at Wayne State University in Michigan, where she earned her B.S. in Criminal Justice in 1986. In 1980, Mildred decided to make Detroit her home for herself and her young son Charles Terry, III.

Being part of enormous family, there was never a dull moment. Mildred loved spending time with her family, playing cards, especially spades, solitary. These times were filled with plenty of laughter and much joy. Some of their favorite memories where trips to the park along Lake Michigan. The kids and teens would always run to the lake while the adults were taking care of the BBQ, listening to music, or dancing.

Mildred loved music, she enjoyed multiple genres of music. She listened to R&B, Jazz, Neo Soul, Hip-Hop, and Classical. From Mozart to The Temptations; McLyte to Anita Baker; from Najeé to Tony Braxton, Mildred loved the great ones and the hits they made!

Mildred was meticulous and hardworking, she worked in Law Enforcement for 15+ years for a hospital and Wayne Metro International Airport.

Mildred was deeply loved; she leaves behind many family and friends that loved her so much. Mildred Martin will be forever missed.

Mildred Martin, 71, passed away May 3, 2020. Beloved daughter of the lates, Sander and Nellie. Cherished mother of the late Charles Terry III. Dearest sister of Lillie (the late Floyd) Thompson, Nellie (Gip) Thornton, Leroy (Barbara) Martin, Shirley Martin, George (Minnie) Martin and the lates Solomon Martin, Betty Martin, Julia Martin, T.J. Martin, Doris Ware, Leona Everheart and Sander Jr. Martin. Adored aunt to many nieces and nephews. Special thanks to her caregivers, Doisha, Jeanette and Deone.