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Obituaries

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Dorothy Kathleen Harkness Martin 1922 - 2007 Ottawa

Ottawa - Funeral services for Dorothy Kathleen Harkness Martin, 84, Ottawa, will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home in Ottawa. Burial will follow in Princeton Cemetery in Princeton.Mrs. Martin died Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2007, at Richmond Healthcare Center.She was born Nov. 30, 1922, in Kansas City, Kan., the daughter of Robert John and Mary Victoria Rone Harkness. She grew up in the railroad bottoms of Argentine and was raised from age 5 by her father and three older brothers after her mother's death. She graduated from Argentine High School in 1940. She lived in Watkins Scholarship Hall while she attended Kansas University to study journalism and later nursing. She later received a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education from Ottawa University in 1958. She lived in Germany and at her family farm west of Princeton before she moved to Ottawa.Mrs. Martin and her family joined the occupation forces in Germany after World War II in 1946 and returned to the U.S. in 1947. She farmed in Princeton with her husband and son. She taught third and fourth grade in Pomona and at Lincoln and Garfield schools in Ottawa.She was a member of Princeton Methodist Church, Ottawa First Methodist Church and the Kansas University Alumni Association. She was active in the Kitchen 8 alumni women of Watkins Hall and was a founding member of the Committee for the Preservation of Watkins and Miller Halls at KU.She married Dean Earl Martin on March 5, 1944, in Eastland, Texas. He died in January 1990.She was also preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Ray, Harold and Glenn; four sisters in childhood; and a stepgranddaughter, Kathy Mettenburg Martin.Survivors include a daughter, Roxanne Mettenburg and husband Alfred, Princeton; a son, Fred Martin and wife Rhoda, Princeton; seven grandchildren, Julie and Jo Mettenburg, Leslie Mettenburg Moore, Brooke Mills, and Reuben, Seth and Caleb Martin; a stepgrandson, David Mettenburg; seven great-grandchildren; a nephew, Gordon Harkness; and three nieces, Donna Tattershall, Susan Regan and Vicki McGraw.The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.The family suggests memorials to the Elizabeth Miller Watkins Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, Princeton Methodist Church or Midland Hospice, sent in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 14, Ottawa 66067.