Martha L. Coates, 97, died at 11 a.m. Dec. 11, 2012, at Richland Manor Nursing Home, Bluffton.
She was born Oct. 20, 1915, in Jackson Township to Clinton E. and Neva E. Akerman Fisher, who preceded her in death.
On July 9, 1938, she married Lewis D. Coates, who died May 20, 1989.
Martha was a homemaker. She was a life member of Zion Lutheran Church, Lafayette, and its WELCA women's group.