Chelsea Martin (0984 - 2016)

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Chelsea passed away peacefully January 2, 2016 after an unanticipated medical emergency.
Chelsea was born with Spina Bifida in 1984, which presented her with a lifetime of medical and physical challenges. She was a lifetime wheelchair user but never let this challenge get in her way.
Chelsea was born in Gustine, California, where she spent her first three years riding tractor with her dad, Michael Martin, playing in the iris garden with her mom, Kathleen Soga, and driving her little pink Barbie car around her Martin grandparents' orchards.
She moved with her mother to Alaska in 1989, returning to California in 2003. While in Alaska, Chelsea became a true Alaskan girl. She learned to fish for salmon, ocean kayak in Auk Bay with the porpoise, camp on Aaron Island with the humpback whales blowing off the point, visiting the Benjamin Island sea lion rookery, grizzly bear viewing at Pack Creek, downhill skiing at Eaglecrest, dog sledding and most of all, hanging with all her friends.
Chelsea loved school and became an example to other students who experience disabilities. She was a strong advocate and on several occasions spoke to the Alaska State Legislature about maintaining budget benefits in support of people with disabilities. She met with Gov. Wally Hickel and his wife where she was invited to lunch with them in the governor's mansion. Chelsea made an impact on everyone she met. Her smile was magical and her attitude infectious.
Upon returning to California, Chelsea lived and thrived in the little neighborhood of Devonshire Circle in Penn Valley, where she happily cruised the neighborhood and downtown businesses in her electric chair. More currently you may remember seeing Chelsea bustling around the Brunswick area in her wheelchair, where she took herself to enjoy her favorite pastimes of getting her nails done and eating her favorite lunch of salad and pizza at Round Table.
Chelsea was independent and used the Nevada County bus system to maintain her appointments. She was very proud of her independent accomplishments, which were not an easy task. Special thanks to her caregivers who helped manage her everyday life. She loved you greatly. Thanks for the support and friendships from everyone at Nevada City Senior Apartments. Everyone that knew her was impressed with her. We all know how special she was. She now flies free with the angels. It doesn't need to be said, but she will be greatly missed.
Chelsea is survived by an extremely large family and an even larger group of supporters and friends.
Donations can be made at go fund me Chelsea Martin Memorial Fund.
Published in The Juneau Empire from Feb. 12 to Mar. 13, 2016