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Martha Ann Traynor

1925 - 2013 Obituary Condolences
Martha Ann Traynor Obituary
Martha Ann Traynor 1925 - 2013 Martha Ann Traynor was born in Torrance, California on April 28, 1925 to Edward and Minnie Rose. She passed away January 27, 2013, in Bakersfield, California, peacefully at home with her family by her side. She married the love of her life, Don Traynor, when she was 19 years old. In the span of 16 years they had 4 children. Dad had 4 brothers and 2 sisters and along with their spouses, their children and Grandma Bammie, the tight knit family spent many fun-filled weekends, holidays and vacations together in Long Beach, San Diego, Whittier, Downey and in Bakersfield. Mom was widowed at 42 years of age with 3 young children still at home. She struggled but did her best to care for her family. She started a daycare business in her home and through the years became Grandma Martha to many children, seeing them through to kindergarten. Many of the families have stayed in touch with graduation announcements, wedding invitations, birthday and Christmas cards. Mom enjoyed reading, shopping with her daughters and taking on home and crafting projects. Wednesday nights were dinner and a movie at Mom's house. Holidays and birthdays with family were always big events. Family was her number one priority and her family was totally devoted to her. She is survived by her daughters, Sharon Traynor and husband Ron Belland, Karyn Traynor and husband Martin Smoot, son, Don Traynor and wife Laura, 6 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Mom was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Carl and Samuel, her husband Don, her daughter Kathleen Wheat, her son-in-law Randle Wheat and her grandson Jeremy Wheat. A special thank you to the caring staff at Optimal Hospice, especially Lori who became a friend as well as caregiver. All are invited to celebrate her life at an open house, Sunday, February 10, 2013, from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m., 11504 Wakehurst Court, Bakersfield, California. www.bakersfield.com/obits
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Feb. 1, 2013
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