She was born June 15, 1925, in Clay County, the daughter of John and Katherine Tilley Blower.
Her parents owned and operated the Blower Candy Company.
Martha graduated from Brazil High School with the class of 1943, and later attended Indiana State Teachers College where she was a member of Lambda Delta Phi sorority.
On Sept. 21, 1945, she married Leon H. Bell Jr. He preceded her in death March 14, 2004.
She had previously worked at Pell's Bargain Mart, Warren Tire and the Clay Community School Corporation. Martha was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Tri Kappa, The Home Ec Club, Order of Eastern Star, Job's Daughters Bethel 29, and the Elk's Women's Auxiliary.
She enjoyed reading, working crossword puzzles and spending time with her family.
Martha was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
Survivors include sons Leon H. Bell III and wife Mary Ann "Sam" Steinhilber, Avon, John Bell and wife Denise, Indianapolis, aunt Margaret Rought, Clinton, and many cherished friends.
Funeral services will take place at Lawson-Miller Chapel Thursday, July 9, 2009, at 11 a.m., with Rev. Gary Scroggins officiating. Burial will follow at Clearview Cemetery.
Visitation will be at the funeral home, Wednesday, from 4-7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church or the Brazil Public Library.
Visit www.lawson-millerchapel.com to light a candle in her memory.