Martha Farmen

June 17, 1940 ~ December 16, 2020 (age 80)


Services for Martha Farmen, 80, of Groton, will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, December 21st at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Groton.  Pastor Kari Foss will officiate.  Burial will follow in Union Cemetery under the direction of Paetznick-Garness Funeral Chapel, Groton.  Services will be live streamed on GDILIVE.COM and will also be broadcast on GDIRADIO at 89.3FM within one mile of Groton.

Visitation will be held at the church on Sunday from 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m.

Martha passed away Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at Sun Dial Manor in Bristol.

Martha Lou was born on June 17, 1940 in Webster to Kenneth and Lillian (Langager) Mortenson.  She attended school in Pierpont, graduating in 1958.  On June 19, 1960, Martha was united in marriage with Clayton Farmen in Pierpont.  The couple lived in Sisseton, Aberdeen and Winner before settling in Groton in 1969.  Martha worked in several capacities during her lifetime.  She and Clayton were part owners in the Red Owl store in Groton.  She worked part time in the Groton Area School and later was the bookkeeper for the Senior Citizens Meals program.  She worked alongside her husband, Clayton when they ran Clayton’s Meat and Processing.  Martha was also a caregiver to many in the community, especially caring for young children and visiting with many in the nursing home. 

Martha was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Groton.  In early years, she enjoyed riding horse, dancing, family car rides, and was an avid bowler.  She was an excellent baker and will be fondly remembered for her many Norwegian dishes. 

Celebrating her life are her children: Lilly Deters of Pierre, Lola (Larry) Bartels of Clark, Clayton “Butch” Farmen of Groton, and LeRoy Farmen of Mobridge.  She is also survived by her three grandchildren, Amanda Morehouse, Malory (Kyle) McIntire, Jamie Werner; and their children, Kaelee, Jaeden and Clayton Morehouse; Riley and Hadley McIntire; her siblings, Marj (Jeff) Klebsch of Frankfort, Carlyle Mortenson (Marion) of Rapid City, sister-in-law, Judy Schaunaman, brothers-in-law, Errol Farmen and Keith Farmen, special friend, Gene Prunty and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband Clayton in 2003, one brother, Ervin, sisters-in-law, Betty Mortenson, Maureen Holler and Alice Morehouse and brothers-in-law, David Farmen and Calvin Farmen.

Pallbearers will be Shawn Wik, Tyrel Wik, Larry Bartels, Kyle McIntire, Rich Fliehs, Mike Mortenson, and Jim Mortenson.

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December 20, 2020

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Prayer Service
December 20, 2020

7:00 PM

Funeral Service
December 21, 2020

Time: TBD

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