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West Plains, MO Location (417) 256-4141

Thayer, MO Location (417) 264-7242


Sarah Ellen Martin was born in Walnut, Mississippi, the daughter of Samuel Durward Orman and Zilpha Maude (Hopkins) Orman on February 18, 1940 and departed this life on May 10, 2020 at Shepherd’s View in Alton, Missouri, at the age of 80 years. 

She was united in marriage to Billy Dean Martin on January 6, 1963 at the First Baptist Church in Thayer, Missouri, who preceded her in death.

Ellen is survived by two sons, Mark Ryan Martin and wife, Monica of Thayer, Missouri and Scott Eric Martin and wife, Allison of Nashville, Tennessee; five grandchildren, Grant Remington Martin, Nicklaus Ryan Martin and fiancé, Jaci Herron, Gabriel Truman Martin, Jack Alexander Martin and Megan Nicole Martin; other relatives; and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Samuel and Zilpha Orman; and one brother, Sammy Don Orman.

     Ellen was a Christian and a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Thayer, Missouri.

She received her bachelor’s degree in education from Blue Mountain College in Mississippi.  Ellen impacted in a positive way thousands of students’ lives during nearly thirty years of teaching English at Thayer High School.

 After retiring from teaching and during the warmer months, she enjoyed transforming the grounds around her home into a botanical garden.  Ellen was also interested in studying genealogy.  She loved cats and had a strong compassion for all animals.  Ellen was known for her chicken and dumplings.  She was also known to play slot machines on trips with friends and family.

Ellen enjoyed spoiling her grandchildren.  She did “surprise days” for her grandchildren, taking them shopping.

She never met a stranger and was overly generous at times.  She will be greatly missed by her family and everyone who knew her.

Graveside services for Sarah Ellen Martin will be held on Friday, May 15, 2020, at 11:00 AM at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Thayer, Missouri with Brother Brian Johnson officiating.

Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Thayer, Missouri with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer, Missouri.



  1. Susan McWilliams
    May 12, 2020 @ 6:59 pm

    She was an inspiration to all!! Loved her and she taught me so much!!

  2. Andrew Brewer
    May 12, 2020 @ 8:37 pm

    She was an amazing teacher. She taught me more than just proper grammar. She taught me a few life lessons along the way too.

  3. LaRee Rees
    May 13, 2020 @ 5:59 am

    A favorite teacher and a great lady! Always loved her quick wit and no nonsense attitude.

  4. Paul and Susan Light Light
    May 13, 2020 @ 6:36 am

    Dear Martin Family, Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers at this time. We all loved Ellen; our girls enjoyed her as a teacher. You have our deepest sympathy.

  5. Amber Carter (Mautner)
    May 13, 2020 @ 8:30 am

    Mrs. Martin has such a positive impact on my life! She was so supportive during my adolescence as both my teacher and a family friend at church.

  6. Kim Spencer
    May 13, 2020 @ 11:09 am

    Ms Martin was a good teacher and cared about her students! She taught me and later taught my children . She was one of those people that made a great impression on my life !

  7. Erma (Clark) Bansal
    May 13, 2020 @ 8:37 pm

    Prayers for your kids and Family.Bill is in heaven waiting on you so is my parents a big family reunion. Miss you on Earth see you in Heaven . Till we meet again.

  8. Ronda Baker Jewell
    May 13, 2020 @ 10:16 pm

    Mark, Scott and families, Mrs. Martin was a wonderful teacher and a great lady to be around. My heart goes out to you all for your loss. She really did touch a lot of lives and always knew our names even years after being out of school. My condolences, Ronda Baker Jewell

  9. B & K Cicigoi
    May 13, 2020 @ 10:52 pm

    Bob & I will always remember the Hay Rides at your folks farm. What joy they always gave to others…?your Mother’s singing at our ⛪! The singing and her laughter, what fun we had….One NEAT LADY.