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Jessie L.(Reynolds) Martin

Jessie L.(REYNOLDS) MARTIN, 93, of Belleville and formerly of Mt. 
Vernon, born Nov. 9, 1911, in Nason, died Sept. 8, 2005, at Cedar Ridge 
Healthcare Facility in Lebanon of natural causes. 

Mrs. MARTIN graduated valedictorian of the Benton High School class of 1930. 
She graduated from Centralia Business College, class of 1932. She was ahead 
of her time in advancing her education. Also, this degree would further her 
career when she opened her business. Mrs. MARTIN owned and operated the Lynn Ann 
Shop in downtown Mt. Vernon for 21 years. She was an active member of 
the Mt. Vernon Chamber of Commerce; a member of the Mt. Vernon Illinois 
Downtown Business Association and a board member of the Mt. Vernon  
Development Corporation.

Mrs. MARTIN was preceded in death by her husband, Gale MARTIN, who she 
married July 12, 1932, and who died March 2, 1997; her parents, Alfred 
G. and Nettie REYNOLDS; a son, Gary MARTIN; a sister, Josie REYNOLDS 
WILLIAMS; a brother, Ralph REYNOLDS; and a grandson, Keith MARTIN. 

Surviving are four children, Jack (Tammy) MARTIN of Lenzberg, Beverly Ann 
SIMPSON of St. Louis, Ronnie (Susie) MARTIN of Camdenton, Mo., and David 
(Donna) MARTIN of Belleville; nine 
grandchildren, Lynn Ann MARTIN of Chicago, Alan SIMPSON of Littleton, 
Colo., Randy MARTIN of St. Louis, Marty SIMPSON of St. Louis, Scott 
MARTIN of Los Angeles, Calif., Christopher MARTIN of Belleville, Shane 
MARTIN of Tuscon, Ariz., Heather MARTIN of St. Louis and Brittany MARTIN of 
Belleville; 10 great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Mary REYNOLDS of 
Florida; and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.

Mrs. MARTIN was a longtime member of Central Christian Church in Mt. 
Vernon. Memorials may be made to Central Christian Church in Mt. Vernon 
or Abner Cemetery in Nason. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at 
Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon. Funeral services will be held 11 
a.m. Monday at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon, with Howard KRAPS 
officiating. Burial will be in Abner Cemetery in Nason. Arrangements have 
been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home, where you may call 
242-3348 for further information.

NOTE: Jessie L. (REYNOLDS) MARTIN is the daughter of Alfred G. and 

Date: 9 Sep 2005 
Source: Register-News, Mt Vernon IL
Submitted by:  Robert W. Loman
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