DBSA California

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance


Jo Ann Martin by Daughter Nathalie

JoAnn Ruth Kellogg

Martin was born on October 27, 1936 in Lansing, Michigan. She died on May 25, 2017, after living a vibrant life filled with love and devotion to her husband Saul Kent, and to friends, family, and charitable causes, particularly three organizations she founded, The Riverside Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), The California DBSA, and The Detroit Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA).

JoAnn grew up in Lansing with her mother, Ruth Kellogg, her father Rial Kellogg, and her brother, Robert Kellogg. Ruth and Rial Kellogg owned Kellogg’s Refrigeration on Cedar Street for several decades. JoAnn attended J.W. Sexton High School in Lansing and graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in music education. JoAnn became a teacher and a musician, playing the piano and singing in venues around the country. She had two children, Emily McCue of Mammoth, California, and Nathalie Martin of Albuquerque, New Mexico. She was married for several years to Don Martin, the father of her daughter Nathalie.

In 1985, she met the love for her life, Saul Kent, and in 1986, the two bought a home in Riverside, California, where she resided at her death. JoAnn’s generosity was well-known in the community and her loss will be felt in the lives of hundreds of people. Jo Ann founded the Riverside DBSA in the fall of 1987, and has graciously opened her home to the public for DBSA meetings, holiday barbeques, and dinners ever since. She has been a friend and great source of support for mental health clients and advocates throughout the years.
Jo Ann felt that her own experience with mental illness gave her insight and allowed her to help others. Jo Ann was first diagnosed with manic depression in 1963, the same year JFK was killed.

JoAnn is survived by husband Saul Kent, daughters Nathalie Martin and Emily Mc Cue, sister-in-law Becky Kellogg, nephews Scott, Lonnie, and Shaun “Billy” Kellogg, cousins Stephen and Philip Haines, best friend Rosalee Pelton Wing, and many other relatives and friends.

Two memorials were held in her honor, one at her home in Riverside on June 25, and another on July 29, at the Eaton Rapids Camp Meeting Grounds, where both sets of JoAnn’s grandparents once owned cottages.