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Martha M. Bodenhamer

Martha M. Bodenhamer, 84 of St. Augustine, passed away at 4:43 a.m. Tuesday, July 5, 2022 at ProMedica Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation in Galesburg.

  She was born October 21, 1937 in Ellisville Township, the daughter of Milton F. and Alene E. (Ryan) Selph.  She married James “Jim” Bodenhamer on February 21, 1958 at the Abingdon Christian Church and he preceded her in death on March 9, 2019.  She was also preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Phyllis Sublett.

  Martha is survived by her children, Paula (Tim) Randall of St. Augustine, Rodney (Hallie) Bodenhamer of Avon and Rickey (Teresa Green) Bodenhamer of Avon; four granddaughters, Erin (Jason) Vargas of Galesburg, Kira (Chris) Bennett of Abingdon, Corin Bodenhamer of Avon and Justine Bodenhamer of Moline; three great-grandchildren, Jamison, Ellin and Cobin; one brother, Dale Selph of Table Grove; and nieces, nephews, cousins and their families.

  She graduated from Avon High School in 1955.  She had lived in the St. Augustine area all of her life.  She was a homemaker and started her waitress career in Abingdon at Berry’s Café, where she met the love of her life, Jim Bodenhamer.  She later worked as a waitress at Club 41, where she retired from after 39 years.  She was also known for her delicious, homemade pies, noodles and cinnamon rolls.  She had the kindest of hearts and always had her door open for company.  She helped raise her grandchildren from the time they were born.  She supported and cheered for them as if they were her own.  Martha loved her family and enjoyed time spent with all of them.

  Cremation will be accorded.  Graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 30, 2022 at the Abingdon Cemetery.  Pastor Rodney Fegan will officiate.  Following the service, family and friends will continue to celebrate Martha’s life at the Abingdon American Legion.  Hinchliff-Pearson-West Funeral Directors and Cremation Services Abingdon Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

  Memorials may be made to Abingdon First Responders, OSF Home Health Care or Galesburg Hospital Ambulance Service.  Online condolences may be made at

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