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In Memory




Obituary of Martha Ruth Pendleton



Martha Harris Pendleton 

Martha Pendleton, or Ms. Harris, as our class of '68 knew her, was an important part of our class history since she was not only the COE Coordinator where so many or our class admired Ms. Harris as they learned the necessary business skills for post graduation work, but she was also our supervisor for our turn as Juniors to plan and produce the 1971 AHS JR/SR Prom. As you can well imagine, Ms. Harris really had her hands full with that last duty, since as she related to our class at our 50th Reunion, she had just been hired as a teacher when at the end of the interview, Mr. Bowersox added, and by the way, the new COE teacher would also be responsible for the Jr./Sr. Prom. Little did Martha know what she was in for! However, with her sense of humor, her fierceness, and fun personality, the prom was a roaring success!  Looking back though, the police had a little something to say about the way we procured our flowers, but Ms. Harris handled it with her usual calm, humor, and maybe just a tiny bit of discipline.

We send our thoughts and prayers to Martha's family for she was a wonderful, caring teacher, and a friend to all who knew her. 




Martha Harris Pendleton, 82, passed away at her home on Saturday, June 18, 2022.

Born in Elyria, Ohio, October 26, 1939 to Elmer and Lillian (McManama) Harris. She graduated from Oberlin High School in 1957. She obtained a BS and Masters in Education from Kent State University and graduate hours beyond that for a principal’s certificate. Martha began her teaching career in the Berea School system for 2 years, Midview Schools for 2 years, and Ashland City Schools for 36 years. She served there as a teacher, vocational coordinator for the COE program, department chairman, and assistant principal. She also served as an adjunct professor at Ashland University for 15 years.

Martha was chosen as a Jennings Scholar and a Woman of Achievement. She served on the boards of Ashland City Schools, Ashland/West Holmes Career Center, Dale-Roy School, Appleseed Mental Health Board, Samaritan Gift Shop, NAMI Board, and Delta Gamma Education Sorority. She was a lifetime member of Ashland City Retired Teachers, Ohio Retired Teachers and National Retired Teacher.

She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Roger; her daughter, Shawne and her husband Fred Brown and their children Kayla and Ian Emser and their children Lilah, Ellery, and Emmett; Taylor and Shannon Brown and their daughter Willow; Hayden and Katie Brown and their son Weston; Emily Brown and her fiancé Hunter Smith. Daughter, Sharla and husband Carlo Recinella and their children CJ and Alexia. She is also survived by 2 siblings, Barbara and her husband Floyd Hammond and David Harris.She was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Lillian Harris, mother-in-law, Martha Pendleton, and sister-in-law, Marilyn Harris.

Family and friends may gather from 3:00-7:00 pm on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at the Ashland Home of Wappner Funeral Directors, 308 Claremont Ave, Ashland, OH 44805. Family will also receive guests an hour prior to the 11:00 am memorial service on Thursday, June 23, 2022 at Grace Church, 1144 W. Main St., Ashland, OH 44805 with Fred and Taylor Brown officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Ashland County Cancer Association or Kindred Hospice.







By Year Deceased Alphabetically Yearbook Photo

Jon Ekey  
Doug Lucas  

Barb Butdorf (Muntis)  
Larry Buzzard  
Carolyn Sue Smith (Kaufman)  
Delaine (Reverend) Smith (McGhee)  
Jane Welsh (Solomon)  

Ken Carman  
Ann Ferguson  
Kip Kiste  
Gerald Rishel  
Phyllis Yambrisak  

Dave Coover
David McConnell  

Joyce Bull (Hange)  
Carolyn Howard (Bowles)  
Gloria Howman (Dreibelis)  

Connie Gault  
Paul Hess  
Joan Hignett
Laura Nelson  
Bonnie Neubeck (Hohhof)

Joanne Sheppard  

Ed Fogle  
Jeff Wood  

Mark Edington  
Dawn Kopp  

Margaret (Peggy) Heister (Crim)
Linda Linn (Krebs)  

Joyce Carpenter (Young)
Rich Goldsmith
Bob Schaeg
Steve Shull  
Terry Starkey
Mike Wheeler  

Phil Buffenmeyer
Chris Warnes (Demsky)  

Jim Campbell  
Diana Corral (Martinez)
Steve Fair  
Keith Feasel
Tom Thomas  

Nikki McQuillen

Tom Akkerman
Mike Riley
Toby (Tom) Strickling  

Jerry Elson  

Glenda Behrendson (Buzzard)
Linda Lawrentz (Humrichouser)

Garnet Braden (Murray)
Daryl Gentle

Dave Baum
Dave Glazier
Roger Piatt  

Kathy Robertson (Holowacz)  
Terry Smallsreed
Andrew Stoltenberg

Brent Boeh
Paul Nichols  

Ray Calhoun  

Gary Biddinger
Jack Birky  

Harry Richmond
Joe Shideler  

Dennis Warner

Margie Bilan  
Rex Hard

Jeff Keetle  

Jim Hawks  

Linda Wharton  

Martha Harris (Pendleton)  

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