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Official Obituary of

Marte Boot

September 29, 1929 ~ February 20, 2024 (age 94) 94 Years Old

Marte Boot Obituary

Martha “Marte” Jane Boot, age 94, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and friend, passed away peacefully on February 20, 2024, to go home to Jesus and to be reunited with her beloved husband in heaven. 

Marte was born in Greenville, Michigan, on September 29, 1929 to Claire and Emily Bird. She graduated first in her class from high school, and went on to study business at Davenport University where she met her husband-to-be, Arthur Boot. After their marriage in 1952, they eventually made their permanent home in Lansing, Michigan, raised their two sons, and spent the next 63 years happily married until Art’s passing in 2015. 

As a homemaker, Marte created a caring environment for her sons and husband. Outside of the home, she worked part time teaching adult home-economics classes. After the boys were grown, she returned to school to gain additional skills and then enjoyed a rewarding career as a finance manager, with The John Henry Company until her retirement.

Marte was an avid golfer, playing on as many as four golf leagues at one time. She and Art spent ten winters in Scottsdale, Arizona, which allowed them to play golf year-round.

Sewing was Marte’s passion and she created beautiful quilts, including one for each of her grandchildren upon their graduation from school. Marte made nearly all of her own clothes; there was nothing that was beyond her capabilities. Knitting was another favorite hobby and she bestowed baby blankets and mittens on her loved ones.   

As a long-time, active member of Central United Methodist Church of Lansing, Marte enjoyed participating in Bible studies and sharing her many gifts with her special church family.

In 2022, Marte moved to Clark at Franklin, a retirement community in Grand Rapids, to be closer to family.

Marte will be deeply missed by her sons, Randall (Jean) and Lawrence (Gladys), along with her six grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and her loving nieces, nephews, and dear friends. 

A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at The Chapel located in Clark at Franklin, 1551 Martin Luther King St SE, Grand Rapids, MI, on Saturday, March 23, at 1:00 PM. 


Memorial contributions may be made in Marte’s honor to any of the following organizations:

Central United Methodist Church, 215 N Capitol Ave, Lansing, MI 48933, (517) 485-9477

Clark Retirement at Franklin, 1551 M.L.K. Jr St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506, (616) 452-1568

Emmanuel Hospice, 401 Hall St SW, Suite 263, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, (616) 719-0919

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Celebration of Life
March 23, 2024

1:00 PM
Clark Retirement Community Chapel (Franklin St SE, Grand Rapids)


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