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Martha Small Obituary
Martha Jane Lindgren Small
August 14, 1934 - May 10, 2012
Resident of Saratoga
Martha Jane Lindgren Small passed away peacefully to rest on her bed of flowers in Heaven at age 77 on May 10, 2012.
Martha was a loving wife, an amazing mother, a devoted grandma, a dear sister, and a loyal friend to those that knew her. Martha will be forever in our hearts and was the light of our lives.
Martha was born in St. Paul, MN, the eldest of three daughters of David Leonard and Ruth Eleanor Lindskog Lindgren. Raised in Riverside, CA, Martha was an excellent student and with highest honors went on to attend UCLA with the love of her life, Kimball West Small, whom she had met while in junior high. Martha and Kim were married on June 9, 1956 instead of attending their UCLA graduation. With a B.S. in Home Economics, Martha became a school teacher. Martha and Kim moved to Quantico, VA where Kim was stationed as a Marine, and shortly thereafter daughter Jennifer was born. A move to Orange, CA followed, where daughter Mary Lynn was born next, and then son David. The family moved to Saratoga, CA in 1971 and Martha became deeply involved in numerous local philanthropic organizations, including the San Jose Symphony Showcase Mansion where she worked tirelessly and passionately, the perfectionist she was, to raise money for the symphony in keeping with her love of music. Martha also knew how to have fun, too, participating in a bowling league with her many girlfriends and was an active alumni member of her sorority Delta Delta Delta. Martha, a consummate pianist, a style-setter, and gourmet cook who practiced proportion-control and nutrition long before it was en vogue, gave everything she did 110 percent - including the raising of her three children, to whom she dedicated her life selflessly, and to supporting her wonderful husband Kim, to whom she would have been married 56 years this June.
Martha was truly an angel on Earth. She lit up a room and everyone's lives with her presence. She lived by the code, "Do unto others as you would have others do to yourself" amongst her many other "Mom-isim's" which she peppered throughout her conversations. Anyone who grew up around Martha certainly remembers her constant reminder, "Remember who you are, where you are, and what you represent." Martha was a true lady, beautiful inside and out, with the highest principles and standards. We will miss her terribly.
Martha is survived by her husband, Kimball; her daughters, Jennifer Jane Mushasha (Hisham); daughter Mary Lynn Marrs (Richard); her son David Kimball Small (Trudy); and eleven grandchildren: Megan Heffernan (Tim), Nathan, Caitlin, Lauren, and Gwendolyn Belomy; Jillian, Brittany, and Nicholas Richmond; Abigail, Brandilyn, and Kimball Small; her sister Barbara Krug; her sister Mary and brother-in-law Jay Strong; and her sister-in-law Pat Hewes.
The family will hold a private celebration of her life and Martha will be forever remembered in her special resting place at Madronia Cemetery in Saratoga. In lieu of flowers, the family requests your consideration in donating to the (www.alz.org) in Martha's name.

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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on May 13, 2012
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