Martha Skinner Cargill

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Martha Skinner Cargill 3/19/1922 – 12/5/2012 Martha passed away peacefully on December 5th, with her family around her. She left this life the way she lived, in control and the way she wanted it. She was born in New Britain, CT to Sherrod Emerson Skinner and Abigail Elizabeth (Leete) Skinner, where her family had roots going back to Colonial days. She moved to Michigan, with her sister Shirley and her twin brothers, Rod and Dave, in 1930 when her father accepted a position at General Motors, where he eventually rose to Executive Vice-President. In line with the women on her mother's side going back to 1840, she attended Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA, graduating with a degree in Fine Arts in 1943. She worked on her Masters in Education at the University of Michigan and at Merrill Palmer Institute in Detroit. She married Don Ashton Cargill on January 4, 1946 and they shared a long happy marriage until his death in 2000. Her lifelong passions were education, international exchange, fine arts and community service. She went to Peru in the summer of 1942, on a banana boat through the Panama Canal on the Experiment in International Living. She was a member of the Board of Trustees at Merrill Palmer and at Mount Holyoke. Living first in Seaside, OR after her marriage, she returned to Michigan where Don founded the Cargill-Detroit Corporation, a custom engineering firm that remained in business until 2003. In Birmingham, MI, she was a member of Sigma Gamma (a volunteer auxiliary for the Detroit Children's Orthopedic Hospital), the Junior League of Birmingham, the Village Women's Club, and St. Elizabeth's Guild at St. James Episcopal Church. She supported many museums and foundations, sponsoring several educational scholarships and hosting many international exchange students. She and Don first came to the Tucson area in the late 1970's because of her interest in Latino and Native American art and culture. They returned every year, eventually building a home off Ina Road which hosted numerous visits from children, grandchildren, family and friends. She was a generous supporter of Tohono Chul Park, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, and the University of Arizona Department of Archaeology. She is survived by her daughter, Sue Bradley (Scot); her son, John (Karen); her Bradley grandchildren, Chris, Nate (Jessica) and Matt; her Cargill grandchildren, John Jr. (Nicole), Jeffrey and Jessie. She also has two great-granddaughters, Emerson and Ashton Cargill. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Tohono Chul Park, 7366 North Paseo del Norte, Tucson AZ 85704. There will be a Memorial Service at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at St. Phillip's in the Hills, 4440 North Campbell Ave., Tucson AZ.

Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Apr. 21, 2013
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