Date of Death:  December 1, 2022

Service Details

Susan cherished the years that she lived in Canada and the friendships that she made there, always hoping to return more long-term later in life. As such, her cremains will be interred at Glenwood Cemetery in Edson, Alberta, Canada on January 18, 2023.

Susan did not wish to have visitation, funeral or memorial services, but condolences and fond memories are invited to be shared, online, at

Obituary Notice

Susan Grace Martin, 77, of Three Rivers, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 1, 2022 at Edgewood Health & Rehabilitation.

She was born June 14, 1945 in London, England, the daughter of Robert and Grace (Chilcott) Phillips. She lived there until 1981, at which time she moved to Alberta, Canada with her first husband John Alex Gordon McLeod. She returned to England 7 years later where she met and married Delmar Martin, Jr in March of 1991; the couple moved back to the United States and shared 23 years of marriage prior to his passing in September 2014. 

Susan was a published author of two books and retired Chief of Staff for the State House of Representatives 59th District. She served the taxpayers of southwest Michigan for nearly 14 years working with Republican State Reps. Rick Shaffer, Matt Lori, and Aaron Miller.

Remaining to cherish her memory are her daughter, Anne McLeod and her brother, Alan Phillips and his family. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and by her first and second husbands.

Additional Information

Donations in Susan’s memory may be directed to Edgewood Health & Rehabilitation. Envelopes are available at Hohner Funeral Home, 1004 Arnold St., Three Rivers, or may be sent to Hohner Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1018, Three Rivers, MI 49093.

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  1. So many memories of my aunt stand out from down the years. From the involved political discussions at our Nan and Grandad’s home, (I couldn’t contribute much being 10 years old at the time), to her huge kindness and hospitality when my brother and I visited Three Rivers in 2001. That trip was special, she packed something cool to do and see. Rest well Auntie Susan, you’ll be hugely missed.

  2. Susan Martin was my cousin. Her Father Robert Phillips and my Mother Annie Hardy (nee Phillips) were brother and sister. During her early years until she ventured out into big wide world, we as a family would meet and visit each other as often as we could, especially at Christmas with our other cousins in which there were some wonderful parties. Such memories. Susan married John, I was then married, but in 1977 I re-married to Michael. Michael knew Susan from Youth Club days, It really is just a small world. Susan John and Anne came and stayed at my home and helped me with this wedding. Anne was bridesmaid. Susan previously had a lending ear to my divorce which was a great help to me. She was Godmother to my daughter Helen, Then made her travels to live in Canada. She loved Canada, was a very good homemaker, very artistic, and a good cook. In 1999 attended my Daughter’s Wedding with Del her second husband, staying and helping me out. In America she had a very good political job and she was at her best during this period in her life. We communicated by e-mails and the odd telephone call. We had many a discussion, putting the world to rights, She cared about life, very knowledgeable about all sort of matters. For her to become ill was unspeakable. My last e-mail from her was in October and I could not comprehend as to why she was so poorly. Will miss you Susan and hope you are at peace. Michael, Helen, Kevin and the rest of my family are thinking about you with sadness. As we always said when parting ………… Love you, hugs and kisses,

  3. When in school, my son, Gabe Fuller, won a trip to the Capital. He spent most of the day with Susan. Gabe enjoyed her company so very much. I always thought she was delightful. Our condolences to the family.

  4. how quickly the years have passed. I feel a sense of connection, even though we had so little time together in Edson Alberta, Canada….. a traveler, a warrior, a fierce mama, bear, a fierce advocate for education and knowledge, and you understood the value of connection, no matter how many years or miles. Rest easy now and to add, I send my thoughts of strength and healing.

  5. As her brother, probably, I knew her very well!. Nearly 75 years in fact. She was a bridesmaid at my wedding to my wife, Jo, and godmother to my son Steven,

    She was a free spirit, having left the UK for Canada. After a few years back in the UK, where she met Del Martin, Jr., she returned to live in Three Rivers. We came over to see her about 2000 and she made us most welcome, showing us many sights. We had a thoroughly enjoyable time. Certainly, she was larger than life! From an early age, you always knew when she was about.

    Sadly, it’s a long way from where we live in England to Three Rivers so we last saw her in person in 2005 after our father died but kept in touch via phone, mails, post etc. over the years. Jo and I and our boys will miss her very much.

  6. Rest in peace my friend Susan.
    I enjoyed the time you lived in Alberta. Learned many things from Susan.

    Take care Anne and you will be in my thoughts and prayers.


    • I have so many great memories of Susan and her daughter Anne. You always sent me inspiring and wonderful messages when I had a ruff time in life. Mentor to us all. You whit charm and knew how to make everyone feel loved. Love you always and will never be forgotten. R.I.P Susan you earned your wings. Xo love Karey. I will cherish every moment I did spend with you.

  7. The time I had with Susan was always amazing and interesting time. She knew my mom when I was a young boy. She stayed in touch since she left many yrs ago . Her spit fire attitude I always admired . We chatted for yrs on Facebook. May her memories go on for ever as she must of touch thousands of people. Rest in peace.

  8. I met Susan thru Anne during
    PTK travels. We became friends immediately.
    Loved her personality and witt.
    Loved her Books. I have them both. I kept trying to get her to write the 3rd. One.
    Rest in Peace Beautiful Lady.
    Jane Lethig

  9. I first met Susan through her daughter Anne during a flight out of town for an Phi Theta Kappa engagement..
    She was such a delight to speak with and she had a personality larger than life. Though I only got to meet with her a couple of times, she left a permanent memory that I will always cherish.

    • Oh Anne I have so many memories of your mum.. I so enjoyed our long political talks. We saw eye to eye on so many issues. I loved spending time with her. I enjoyed helping her with her other house. I loved taking her to appointments. I enjoyed staying with her when selling my house. She was so good to me.i so enjoyed her stories about her life. I have read both her books. I enjoyed doggie sitting coop.. I loved Susan so much. Anne she loved you so much and you were her everything. RIP my dear Susan💔❤

  10. Susan was a wonderful friend to my parents, and then to my brother, sister, and me.

    I have cherished her wisdom and humor through the years and have loved her as a part of my family.

    The loss of Susan is a heavy one and I will miss her for a very long time. She gave nothing but love and friendship to me and I will forever be thankful.

    Rest easy, Susan. Thank you for your friendship and love. I appreciate you more than you know. ♥️


  11. We were introduced to Susan through Del. Who was a friend of my step father. Susan quickly became someone I knew I could trust and she helped me so much with my daughter health and school battles. She was always quick to advise me and knew who to contact. My daughter was very close to Del. My prayers to Anne and family

  12. I have been privileged to have known Susan. I can not express enough what a wonderful person she has been to my wife Lynda and I, over the years. I find it difficult to imagine her gone – it can’t be and just not right. My condolences to her family and I say, she was way too young for this…
    Tom Molter – Three Rivers

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