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MILLS RIVER - Ursula Martens of Mills River, beloved friend, teacher, counselor, and mother, passed into the Light on March 13, 2013 peacefully at home after a series of strokes. Born January 2, 1933 in California to Gertrude and Otto Martens, Ursula worked as a professional musician at Los Angeles movie studios and the Hollywood Bowl before graduating from Pomona College and attending UCLA graduate school. Although visually impaired from an accident during adolescence, she served nationally as a speaker, counselor, and member of the Board for the Astron Corporation and the Association of Research and Enlightenment, specializing in topics as diverse as ancient Egypt, meditation, dreams, A Course in Miracles, and organic gardening. After her retirement to the mountains in 1995, she continued to teach at the Unity in Mills River and was an integral group of the Women in Oneness gathering that focused on spirituality and healing for individuals, groups, and the planet. She was predeceased by her parents and felines and is survived by her children and grandchildren, Stephen and Tiffany Bonelli, and Kathi and Daniel Kemper. The family is deeply grateful for the loving care provided by Four Seasons Hospice and the numerous aides and friends who allowed her to remain at home to the end. The remembrance ceremony is private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Association for Research and Enlightenment.
Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Mar. 15, 2013