Stella Marie Martin
By Kim Swindell Wood | August 9, 2019 1:43 pm
Stella Marie Martin, 59, passed away Aug. 2, 2019, at her home in Shelby Township. She was surrounded by the love of those she held dear.
Stella was Sept. 5, 1959, in Sparta, to Herman Cantrell and Treva Mabe Cantrell.
She moved to Michigan, graduated from high school in Warren, Michigan, and attended college. Stella worked at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital for 20 years. She was also a wonderful homemaker and loving mother. She made the most of retirement and cherished spending time with her grandchildren.
In her free time, she loved the outdoors. Stella could often be found camping, running, biking, kayaking, fishing, snowmobiling, skiing, ATV riding, and golfing. She was proud to complete numerous 5k and 10k races. Her love for life and personality were contagious. She worked hard, played hard and loved to the fullest. She was an avid Detroit sports fan and often a season ticketholder. She cheered them on, even when they were terrible. Dancing and singing along at concerts was another joy of hers. But most of all she loved being a mom and grandma. Her hugs and snuggles were the best, according to her grandkids, Robert, Travis, and Stella. It is what they will miss most about their favorite person.
Stella was beautiful in endless ways. She always looked amazing and her house was immaculate inside and out. You would find her home adorned with flowers and filled with an endless supply of snacks for the kids. She never thought twice about opening her home to others and being there when you needed her. You could always count on her to speak her mind and tell you the truth (even when you didn’t want to hear it). She was truly a unique and valued person to many.
Stella was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, in 2015, but never let it slow her down. She continued to enjoy life to the fullest, including traveling all over North America. After years of dreaming, she even learned to quilt and made many friends at the retreats she attended along the way. Her drive for life kept her strong, determined, and was an inspiration to many.
Stella was preceded in death by her mother.
She will be dearly missed and fondly remembered by her children, Amanda Mezuk (David), James Martin and Kevin McCuen as well as her father, stepmother, brothers, sisters, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and many others who found her light to be a shining star.
A celebration of life will be held on Stella’s 60th birthday, 5-9 p.m., Sept. 5, 2019, at Aspen Restaurant, 20333 Hall Rd., Macomb, Michigan 48044. (Food served from 6-7:30 p.m.)