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Thelma Sue Martinson, 82, of Traverse City, died Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. Thelma was born on March 22, 1935 in Dalton, Georgia, to Harlin and Addie (Babbs) Hall.
She attended Milan High School and graduated in 1953.
She married Martin Martinson on July 2, 1954 in Ann Arbor and moved to northern Michigan in 1955.
Thelma worked at the State Hospital in Traverse City for 20 years, retiring in 1970.
She and her family enjoyed camping and were members of the NCHA club. She also enjoyed traveling, knitting, crocheting and reading.
She is survived by her husband, Martin; children, Martin (Leona), of South Boardman, Carol Sue Martinson, of Traverse City, and Evelyn (Gary) Sylvester, of Flint; grandchildren, Robbie, Tanya (Steven) Usitalo, Scott (Betty) and Michaela Martinson; and four great-grandchildren. Also surviving are sisters, Margaret Nixon, Genevia (Jerry) DuBois and Dolores Williams; and brother, Melvin Hall.
She was preceded in death by one sister and one brother.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, at 1 p.m., from the Covell Funeral Home in Traverse City. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. and on Tuesday beginning at noon. Spring interment will be held at South Boardman Cemetery.
Memorial contributions are appreciated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Covell Funeral Home.
Published on December 17, 2017
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