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Martha Earhart Obituary

December 8, 1913 - January 5, 2016

Martha Earhart, formerly a longtime resident of Rio Oso, CA, died at the grand old age of 102 in Castro Valley, CA. The daughter of Swedish immigrants, Martha Sofia Virginia Carlson was born at home in Berkeley, CA, in a house built by her father, a carpenter. She was the fourth of five children born to Axel and Hulda Carlson.

She graduated from Berkeley High School, worked as a bookkeeper at Roos Bros. department store, then married the love of her life, Melville E. Earhart. They enjoyed 60 years of marriage before his death in 2001. They spent most of those years operating a walnut, almond, and peach orchard in Rio Oso, with Martha working as the farm bookkeeper. Martha and Mel had two sons, Jonathan and David, who grew up on the family orchard. Her younger son David died of pancreatic cancer 19 years ago. Her older son Jonathan lives in Castro Valley, CA.

Martha was a talented wordsmith. She completed the NY Times crossword puzzle every week, loved Scrabble, and wrote long, wonderful letters to family and friends. Members of this community will also remember her as a gracious hostess at the many pinochle parties, bridal showers, and holiday events held at the Earhart home. She was a longtime active member of Grace Church in Wheatland, CA.

Martha and Mel moved to a retirement facility in Fremont, CA, in 1999. Martha has resided in Baywood Health Center in Castro Valley, CA, for the last three years. Her family greatly appreciates the loving care the staff has provided there.

Martha is survived by her son Jonathan Earhart of Castro Valley, CA; two daughters-in-law Marie Earhart of Nicolaus, CA and Caroline Earhart of Castro Valley, CA; three grandsons Allen Earhart of Rio Oso, CA, Tyson Earhart of Rio Oso, CA, and Jeff Sonas of Castro Valley, CA; one granddaughter Elizabeth Nugent of Bellevue, WA, and nine great-grandchildren.

A private family memorial is planned. The family suggests that any donations be made in Martha's name to Martha's church, Grace Church, 610 Third Street, Wheatland, CA 95692, or to a .

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Published in Appeal Democrat from Jan. 24 to Jan. 25, 2016
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