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Obituary for Martha Mae (Kelley) Tarrant

Martha Mae Tarrant was born on December 14, 1924 to Artie Mae and Martin Kelley. She died peacefully on July 20, 2017.

She was lovingly called “Granny” by not only her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, but by many neighborhood friends both large and small. She was a member of Christ Church at Whitewater. She enjoyed being with people and especially had a fondness for the women’s circle meetings at church. Working as an office manager in Atlanta and returning home where she had a sewing project was a daily ritual. Martha was an accomplished seamstress. Her love for sewing brought joy to those who were lucky enough to get a doll or stuffed animal made by her. She also crocheted beautiful afghans gifting them to those she loved. She took sewing classes at every opportunity. For a while, she served as president of Fayette County Business & Professional Women and was active in several other clubs and organizations.

Martha was preceded in death by her daughter, Gail Phillips, and her husband, William “Bill” Tarrant, along with six of her ten siblings. Survivors include her daughter, Brenda Corman (Wayne); son, Robert Burroughs (Diane); son-in-law, Terry Phillips (Freddie); step-son, Allen (Susan) Tarrant; grandchildren, Troy and Vance Corman, Kimberly Etheridge (Arthur), Robert Burroughs (Masha), Cory Burroughs, Trent Phillips (Krissy), Stuart (Amy), Kelley Rumsey (Mike), Kendra and Ryan Tarrant; and great-grandchildren, Chance and Cole Corman, Zachary Etheridge, Niko and Ashton Burroughs, Troy Phillips, Emma, Sam, Jenna and Kelsie Phillips, Emily, Michael and Ava Rumsey.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM on Sunday, July 23, 2017 at Mowell Funeral Home, Fayetteville, GA. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, College Park, GA. The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 PM on Saturday evening, July 22, 2017 at the funeral home.

If you would like to make a memorial gift, a donation to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research would be welcomed.


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Visitation

Saturday

22

Jul

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Carl J. Mowell & Son Funeral Home - Fayetteville

180 N Jeff Davis Drive
Fayetteville, GA 30214

Funeral Service

Sunday

23

Jul

2:00 PM
Carl J. Mowell & Son Funeral Home - Fayetteville

180 N Jeff Davis Drive
Fayetteville, GA 30214

Cemetery Details

Location

Forest Lawn Memorial Garden

5575 Mallory Road
College Park, GA 30349


Memorial Contribution

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research

Grand Central Station
P.O. Box 4777
New York, NY 10163
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