Martha Ann “Marty” McCullough

Born: 05/25/1943 Passed:

Martha Ann “Marty” McCullough, formerly of Boyne City, MI, passed away peacefully on June 3. She was 77.  She was born on May 25, 1943, in Van Wert, Ohio the daughter of the late Russell C. and Margaret L. (Mohler) Wells. A love of horses led her to Mackinac Island, where she worked as a summer waitress while attending Ohio State University. From her years on the island, Marty fell in love with Northern Michigan.

Marty taught math for 32 years, mostly at Boyne City Middle School. She also taught in Howell and Roseville, and coached track, cheerleading and ski team.  Upon retiring from teaching, Marty took on a second career as a real estate agent. Her love of the north and her joy in helping people find their own slice of paradise, made her an enthusiastic and successful agent.

Marty loved to entertain, and her party food was legendary. She enjoyed baking for family and friends, and the pies she would deliver to clients who purchased property from her, are likely the reason she was so successful.  Most of all, Marty loved her family. She brought magic and joy to building a life with her husband Bob and children Julia, Nancy, and Bob as well as a notable lineup of dogs, cats, and horses. In retirement, she enjoyed doting on her grandkids, traveling, volunteering, golfing, skiing, gardening, and generally just spending time at her home on Lake Michigan.

Marty was preceded in death by her loving husband Bob; daughter, Julia; brother, John R. Wells; sisters, Joan Packer and Mary Wells; and nephew, Steven Wells.

Surviving are a daughter, Nancy (Derek Lowe) McCullough-Lowe, and son Bob (Stephanie) McCullough; grandchildren, Michael, Joseph, and Katherine Perreman, Sage and Eli Lowe, and Robert, Brooke, and Adelyn McCullough; a brother, Ed (Becky) Wells of Van Wert, Ohio; nieces and nephews, Susan Showalter, Pam (Kevin) Baker, Jim (Karen) Packer, Laura (Ron) Ditto, David Packer, Amy (Todd) Allison, Sarah (Rich Humbach) Wells, Erin (Jimmy) Kennedy, Leah (Eric) Schaffner, Evan (Rachel) Wells; many great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews; a special cousin, Kate Custer; and dear friend Cel Polack.

A funeral mass will be held at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Boyne City, MI, on July 25.

Memorial donations can be made to Exceptional Riders ( Condolences and special memories can be shared with the family online at


Heritage Cremation Society



5 Tributes to Martha Ann “Marty” McCullough

  1. Amelia Ryan says:

    Hello McCullough Family – Your mother was such an inspiration and mentor to me. Upon first entering BCMiddle School, she took me my the hand and led me to be both a better teacher and mother. Both she and your dad modeled what great teachers, community members, parents, spouses, and friends should look like. I have so many memories of your whole family, and you are remembered fondly by my whole family. I have some wonderful stories I hope to share later. Warm regards and sympathy from the Ryan Family – Amelia and Michael

  2. George Lasater says:

    Hi Bob and Nancy I was so sorry to hear about your mom. I always enjoyed visiting with your mom and dad swapping old football stories on the lake. She was a sweet and will be missed.

  3. Nancy McCullough says:

    To access the slideshow shared at the memorial, please click on the link below:

  4. Nancy McCullough says:

    Here is a link to the eulogy if you would like to read it:
    We went a little off script during the service 🙂

  5. Sandra Gay says:

    Marty was a fellow realtor and friend to all of us….what a wonderful spirt! We were all blessed to have know her.

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