Martha Jean Jarvis, age 86 of Cross Plains, Indiana, passed away peacefully at Columbus Regional Hospital with her family by her side. Martha Jean entered into this life on October 1, 1937 in Milan, Indiana, the daughter of Chester and Lena Diem Eaton. She graduated from Cross Plains High School in 1955. On May 2, 1959 she was united in marriage to Dale “Plug” Jarvis, Jr., and enjoyed living on a farm in Dewberry. Martha Jean worked different jobs including clerical work at Southeastern Indiana REMC and as a teacher’s aide at Versailles Elementary. She raised her family as a stay-at-home mom and wife. She later enjoyed working with people at Friendship Grocery, Mr. Fred’s Food Mart, and then retired from the Ripley County Auditor’s Office. In her retired years she worked as the church secretary at St Paul Lutheran Church, Olean.
Martha Jean will be missed by her four daughters: Kimberley (Ed) Schwering of Osgood, Karol Jarvis of Dillsboro, Karen (Greg) Huntington of Versailles, and Kristina (Tim) Wood of Cross Plains; grandchildren Brian (Cassie) and Brandon Wood, Kaitlyn and Mackenzie Black, Josh and Caleb (Courtney) Huntington, and Matthew Wood; sisters Patsy Hyatt and Alice (Leon) Gray; three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Dale “Plug” Jarvis, Jr.; parents Chester and Lena Eaton; father and mother-in-law Dale and Leona Jarvis; brother Alan Eaton; sister-in-law Mary “Pooch” Jarvis, and brother-in-law James Hyatt.
Martha Jean was a lifelong member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Olean. She volunteered as a 4-H leader for many years and loved to attend the county and state fairs. She enjoyed spending time with her family, socializing with friends, reading, crocheting, and playing games with her grandchildren.
Services for Martha Jean will be held Friday, February 2, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Olean, with Rev. Dr. Evangeline Anderson-Rajkumar officiating. Burial will be in the St. Paul Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be given to St. Paul Lutheran Church in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.