Obituary: Martha Sue Van Orman


Martha Sue Van Orman passed away October 16, 2017 at EHM Senior Services, Saline, MI (Evangelical Home of Saline). 
Sue a New Year’s baby was born January 1, 1933 in Murray, Kentucky.  She was the daughter, and 6th child of the late William Burie and Paula (Ray) Suiter.  She graduated from Kirksey High in 1952.  Upon graduation she moved to Michigan to be near her sister Nell and was a clerk with Burroughs.  In 1955 she met G.C. William Van Orman Jr. and they married and made their home in Milan, Michigan.  G. C. worked in the family business and Sue a home maker raising their daughter.  In 1969 Sue began a career as a dental technician with Sharp Dental Lab and retired in 1984 from University of Michigan Dental School.  In later years she devoted herself to caring for her husband during his lengthy illness.
Sue was a devoted Christian and member of the Milan Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by her husband, G.C., three sisters; Frances, Nell, and Annie, and two brothers; Ray and Jim.  She is survived by her daughter Sandra Kay Van Orman (Martin Lee Brown) of Saline, MI, two sisters; Lois Gibson of Howell, MI and Glenda Newsom of Murray, KY and 15 nieces and nephews along with many great nieces and nephews.  Also, special friend Marilyn Hasler and her beloved care giver Shelby.  
Visitation was held at Ochalek-Stark Funeral Home, Milan on Friday, October 20th from 5-8 p.m. and Saturday, October 21st from 11:00 a.m. until time of service at 12:00(noon).  Burial followed at Marble Park Cemetery, Milan, MI. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in the memory of Sue Van Orman, to EHM Senior Solutions- Saline, 440 W. Russell St, Saline, MI 48176.

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