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Janice Marie ‘Tootsie’ Blair Martin Hartwell (2018-10-02 17:18:22)

Janice Marie ‘Tootsie’ Blair Martin Hartwell, 82, of Elk Park, NC passed away on September 25, 2018 at the Life Care Center in Banner Elk, NC.

She was born on August 15, 1936 in Avery County, NC the Heaton community, a daughter of the late Carl and Grace Greer Blair.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death husbands, Jerry Martin and John Hartwell; sisters Irene Perry, Audrey Dorfler, and Bonnie Cox.
She is survived by daughter Lynn (Robb) Smith, Auburn Hills, Mich.; sons, Ricky Martin, Rochester , Mich, David (Kathy) Martin , South Carolina. 4 grand children and 3 great grand children. She leaves behind several nieces and nephews and friends that loved her dearly.
She was baptized into the Christian faith as a child at the Curtis Creek Baptist Freewill Church and graduated from Cranberry High School 1954. During her youth, singing with her father (Carl Blair, and other members of her family) they would travel to the local churches and to prison to sing. During this time, they recorded several records in Bristol, TN.
In the spring, Tootsie with her family in tow, would drive here from Michigan, to plant taters at tater planting time for her parents. She was an avid reader, and she loved planting flowers.
Her final act of caring was to have her remains donated to science.

No services are planned at this time.

Condolences and memories may be shared at www.rsfh.net
Courtesy of Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home of Newland.


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