Martha J. (Leet) Barker

FREEDOM TWP.

Martha J. (Leet) Barker, 89 years of age, passed away Monday, December 23, 2013 at her residence. Born on the family farm in Windham Township on August 29, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Arthur D. and Georgia B. (Fisher) Waite. Martha was a lifetime Portage County resident and a graduate of Garrettsville High School. For many years, she was the farm manager with her husband of JH. Leet & Son in Freedom Township. Martha was employed by the United Postal Service in Ravenna as a postal clerk for 16 years, including time spent as a clerk at the Wayland Post Office. As a very active member of the Portage County Republican Party, she served as a precinct committeeman for Freedom Township and served on the Freedom Election Board as a poll worker for many years. Martha was a member of Crossroads Community Church in Shalersville. For those who had the privilege of knowing Martha, she will always be remembered as "A Second Mother" to so many, as well as her smile and beautiful eyes will forever be cherished for family and friends who came to love her, as she loved them. Martha was preceded in death by her first husband, James H. Leet in 1974, and her second husband George Barker in 2004.

Survivors include her children, J.J. (Bridget) Leet of Freedom Township, Theodora " Teddie" Joeright of Garrettsville, Patricia (Alfred) Lerch and Mary Lou Barker both of Wilmington, North Carolina, her grandchildren Heather Minor, Elizabeth Leet, James J. Leet, Jr., Thomas J.H. Leet, Faith E. Lilly, John Scott Joeright, Jason Marella, Timothy Marella, Jessica Lerch and Alfred Lerch III, great-grandchildren John Tucker Joeright, Savanah Marcella, Carleigh Rose Joeright, James Hayden Leet, Steve and Catlyn Minor, Aubrey and Lily Morella. Calling hours will be Friday from 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at the Green Family Funeral Home & Crematory Service in Mantua. Funeral services for Martha will be Saturday, December 28, 2013, 11:00 a.m. at Crossroads Community Church, 9018 State Route 14, Ravenna, Ohio 44266 with Rev. Keith McKnight officiating. Additional visitation will be held at the church from 10:30 a.m. until service time. Final resting place will follow at Drakesburg Cemetery in Freedom Township. Her obituary and video tribute may be viewed at www.greenfamilyfuneralhome.com.

(Green Family Funeral Home & Crematory Service, 330-274-3145, RC 12-27-13)

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