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Martha Tennell

December 23, 1926 — January 18, 2023


Martha Tennell


Martha Tennell, 96, of Franklin, passed away on Wednesday, January 18, 2023, at Ashford Place Health Campus in Shelbyville.

She was born December 23, 1926, in Kokomo, the daughter of Earl B. and Florinda (Julow) Johnson.  On March 2, 1947, she married Harold “Chick” Tennell, and he preceded her in death on June 10, 2019.

Martha is survived by her sons, Andrew Tennell and wife, Theresa, of Franklin, and Timothy Todd Tennell and wife, Lori, of Franklin; daughter-in-law, Melody Lux of St. Paul; grandchildren, Jeff Tennell and wife, Amanda, Jay Tennell, Julie Tennell, Scott Tennell, Carson Tennell, Cole Tennell and wife, Jennah, and Carrie Smithson and husband, Curtis; great-grandchildren, Jenson Tennell, Jayda Tennell, Addy Tennell, Casey Tennell, Caleb Tennell, Zack Tennell, Devin Tennell, Chad Tennell and Cohen Tennell; step-great-grandchildren, Kayln and Bryce; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to Chick, Martha was preceded in death by her parents; and son, Michael Gene Tennell.

Martha graduated in 1944 from Boggstown High School.

She was a member of Bengal Christian Church, where she participated in the Ladies Aide group.

Martha was also a member of the Homemakers Club.

She was a devoted farm wife and enjoyed gardening.

Martha also enjoyed bowling.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to Noon, Saturday, January 21, 2023, at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville. Funeral services will follow at Noon, with Pastor Scott Phenis officiating.

Interment will be at Second Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Johnson County.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Bengal Christian Church, 3518 South Shelby 750 West, Franklin, Indiana 46131.

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