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Jean Martin

January 21st, 1939 – July 29th, 2018

Jean Martin, age 79 of Astoria, IL, passed away at 5:24 am on Sunday, July 29, 2018 at her home with her daughter by her side. She was born on January 21, 1939 in Quincy, IL, the daughter of Harry and Grace (Ostrander) Bryant.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two infant siblings, and her brother Harry Bryant.

Jean is survived by her son Dan Martin of West Liberty, IA, her daughter Debbie (and Jimmy) Derry of Astoria, IL, her beloved granddaughter Jordyn (and Whitney) Davis of Astoria, IL, her two cherished Great-Granddaughters, Paisley Jean and Pyper Jolee Davis, sister, June (and Bill) Lahrman of Quincy, IL, sister-in-law, Kathy Bryant of Salem, OR, many nieces and nephews, and her faithful fur baby Dudley.

She worked at the National Bank in Lewistown, IL, then went on to own and operate two travel agencies in Lewistown and Havana, IL. She then moved to Springfield, IL where she was the manager of Travel at Bergners, until her retirement. Jean then moved back to Astoria where she worked as a teacher's aide at Astoria Grade School and for Adkin's Video. She then went to work for the Central Illinois Agency on Aging as Site Manager for the Astoria Senior Center.

Services for Jean will be held on Thursday evening, August 2nd at 6:00 p.m. at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria. Visitation will be held from 4-6 pm at the funeral home. Interment will be held at the Derry Family Cemetery in Astoria at a later date. Memorials may be given to the Astoria Senior Center.


July 30th, 2018

I am very sorry to read of your loss. With your mom's accomplishments, her love and joys, she was an amazing woman. I won't pretend to know what you're going through, but what has helped me deal with the loss of those I love, is turning to the Scriptures, something that has been a real source of comfort. One Scripture that gives me hope is, John 11:25, which says, "Jesus said to her: “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who exercises faith in me, even though he dies, will come to life." I hope that this verse will also comfort you, and I hope you and your family can get through this difficult time. Please accept my condolences for the loss of your beloved mother, grandma and friend. Sincerely, Meryl, -

July 30th, 2018

I am so very sad to read that Jean passed. We just recently found each other and started to write letters to each other. Jean and I worked together at the Lewistown National Bank in the 1960's til she started her own business. She was a wonderful woman and I enjoyed working with her all those years ago and was so happy to find her after all the years passed. Sadly with sympathy, Lorenda and Alvin Spilker.

July 31st, 2018

Debbie, Jordyn thinking of you all during this very difficult time. Jean was one of the sweetest and happy people I knew, you sure had a special mother and grandmother, so glad she was able to get to be around her beautiful great grand daughters. Love and hugs girls. Bob & Susie Bucher

August 6th, 2018

Debbie, so sorry to learn of the loss of your mother.She will be sadly missed. Kathy Cregger, former USDA,ASCS EMPLOYEE