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Susan (SUE) Martell
September 9, 1952 - October 5, 2017

Place of Birth: Sidney, MT
Residence: Grenora, North Dakota
Age: 65

Susan Martell, age 65 of Genora, ND, passed away Thursday, October 5, 2017 at Sanford Medical Center, in Fargo, ND. Fulkerson Stevenson Funeral Home of Williston is assisting the family.

On October 5th, 2017, we lost a beloved daughter, mother, sister, grandmother and friend. Susan Frances “Puddin” was born September 9th, 1952 in Sidney, MT to Wilbur and Betty (Sullivan) Hayden. In Susan’s early years, she moved to Portland, Oregon with her parents and siblings. Susan and her family later moved to a farm outside of Fairview, MT until her 4th grade year and then they moved into town. She attended Fairview grade school and high school. Susan and her siblings had to walk to school year round and the winter was especially hard in the dresses the girls were required to wear.
Susan was known as the “prankster” in her family. She loved to play pranks on her siblings and was always having a good time.
On January 3rd, 1969 Susan married the love of her life Daniel Martell Jr. Together they lived in Grenora, ND and had five boys, Jesse, Jim, Jason, Travis and Robert. Susan was very involved in her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s lives. She was a very proud mother and grandmother. Susan worked at the Grenora café as a restaurant manager. Susan loved the people, cooking and everything about the café. She put her whole heart into the café and was very proud of herself for what she did for the café and the people.
Susan was passionate about many things, but some of her favorite pastimes were reading, playing yahtzee, pinochle, spending time with her grandchildren, and staying home and watching her favorite tv shows. Susan treasured her time with her husband Dan cruising in the country and looking at old houses.
She loved the Reservation, “the rez life” as she called it. She respected the people and their way of life. Susan was known for her love of cookie jars and windchimes. She was a faithful Lutheran and she always let her faith guide her in the decisions she made. Susan touched many lives and made many friends who enhanced her life as well. Susan will be remembered for her strength and unfailing faithfulness to her family.
She was preceded in death by grandparents, Manford and Ivy Sullivan; grandparents, Leon and Margaret Hayden; father, Wilbur Hayden; and son’s Jim and Jason Martell; in-laws, Daniel Sr. and Mary Martell; grandpa, Charles Martell Sr.; grandma, Sophia Lambert; sister and brother-in-law, Patty and Fred Silk; brother-in-law, David Martell; brother-in-law, David Fast Horse Sr.; and step son, Paul Bird.
Susan is survived by her husband, Daniel Martell, Jr.; children, Jesse (Jane) Martell, Travis (Karrie Timm) Martell and Robert (Katie Earling) Martell and Rose Ann Shields; mother, Betty Hayden; sister’s Linda (Brent) Kohlman and Patsy (Stan) Dean; brother’s, Douglas Hayden and Chris (Amy) Hayden; sister-in-law, Violet (Henry) Buck Elk Jr.; nephew, Rudy Martell; nephew, Chico (Dawnatte) Martell and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

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Lindsey Sorenson (Fortuna, North Dakota)
Oct 8, 2017
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Sue will be greatly missed. I enjoyed seeing her everyday. She usually knew what I would order at the cafe before I did. She was truly one of a kind. RIP Sue
Jane Schenstad (Grenora, ND)
Oct 8, 2017
The cafe will never be the same without you Sue. We "coffee gals" already miss you so much. You always had a smile and usually a little story for us every day. You were a very special lady who will be missed a lot. Prayers for Sue's family during this sad time.
Lindsey Johnson
Oct 9, 2017
To Susan's family,
May you find peace and comfort in the days ahead. Susan was such a great lady. I worked with her at Trappers Kettle and she always had a smile on her face.
Crystal Stai (Fairview, Montana)
Oct 10, 2017
I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My prayers are with during your time of sorrow.
Sherry Norman (Larimore, ND)
Oct 10, 2017
Oh Dan, My thoughts are with you and your family. Sue was a wonderful neighbor and friend. She always looked out for Mikey! RIP dear Sue.
Joel & Marcella Grey Bull (Poplar, Montana)
Oct 12, 2017
Our sincere Condolences to Brother Danny, sons n all families, It is hard to lose a dearly loved one. May God touch you all with his eternal Love for us all and send you comfort during this time. She has earned her wings...Love from all our families
Bruce & Shirley Hatten (Grenora, ND)
Oct 13, 2017
Dan. Our hearts go out to you and your family. Sue really was one of a kind and an absolute pleasure to know. We will miss her. RIP dear Friend.
Rick and Linda Valnes (Bismarck, North Dakota)
Oct 15, 2017
Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family. I will always remember all the fun we had as kids running around together getting into mischief and going to the dances. We will miss you.
Ann Warren (Fitchburg, MA)
Nov 15, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss!! My thoughts and prayers go out to the Martell family.
Ann Warren (Fitchburg, MA)
Nov 15, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss!! My thoughts and prayers go out to the Martell family.
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