Juanita Marie Martin, 89, passed peacefully on June 28, 2013 with family and friends at her side. Marie was born to Ellsworth and Bettie Dobbs Franklin in Darwin, Oklahoma. Later she and her family moved to Exeter, California where she was raised and attended school. She married James R. Martin on November 14, 1942. During WWII, Jim served in the United States Marine Corps in the South Pacific Theater, while Marie he helped build P51 fighters in San Diego, California.
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After the war, she and her husband lived in Tulare, California, where daughter Sandra was born, and they then moved to Corcoran where her son Ronald was born. Marie worked in the Corcoran City Clerk's Office until 1968 when she and Jim moved to Hanford, California.
In Hanford, she was an active member of La Casa Garden Club and the Women's Group of the Hanford Methodist Church. Her hobbies were growing and arranging flowers, especially the Japanese style Ikebana.
In 2010 she moved to Santa Cruz, California to be closer to her daughter Sandra. She lived at Kindred Nursing and Transitional Care-Santa Cruz where she participated in art projects, wheelchair dancing and socializing with her many friends. She was a loved resident.
She is survived by her daughter Sandra and son-in-law; Arthur Winterling, step-grandchildren; David Winterling and his children; Rachael, Adam and Hannah of Portland, Oregon, Peter Winterling and his wife Debra of Cameron Park, California, Matthew Winterling of Berkeley, California and her sister Lois Landers of Sonora, California.
She was preceded by the passing of her parents, husband Jim, son Ronald and seven siblings.
Remembrances can be made in Marie's name to the First United Methodist Church; 505 N. Redington Street, Hanford, CA 93230 559-584-4075.
Family and Friends are invited to view Marie's legacy at www.peoplesfuneralchapel.com and send condolences to the family.
A Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 11, 2013 from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. at People's Funeral Chapel; 501 N. Douty Street, Hanford, CA 93230 559-584-5591 followed with a Graveside Service at 2:00 p.m. at Grangeville Cemetery; 10428 14th Avenue, Armona, CA 93202.
A Celebration of Marie's Life will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at Kindred Nursing and Transitional Care-Santa Cruz; 1115 Capitol Road, Santa Cruz, CA 95062.
Services are under the direction of People's Funeral Chapel.
Published in The Hanford Sentinel on July 6, 2013