September 27, 1949 to October 5, 2012
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"And I shall hear, tho' soft you tread above me
And all my dreams will warm and sweeter be
If you'll not fail to tell me that you love me
I'll simply sleep in peace until you come to me"
In an unexpected split second of time a beloved wife, mother, nana and friend was lost to heart failure.
Theresa Ann Wilbur was born in Pasco, Washington to Claude and Arlene Wilbur, their youngest daughter of 11 children. Tessy, to her family, was raised in Anacortes Washington and graduated from Anacortes High school in 1968.
Theresa was united in marriage in June 20, 1969 to her true love Ronald W. Martin of Mt.Vernon. First meeting when they were 16 years old Theresa and Ron were married for 43 years. They shared their lives overlooking the sunsets of Padilla Bay in Bayview, Washington where they raised two children Michelle and Owen.
Theresa was one of the lucky people who knew the contentment of finding your life's calling which to her was being a mother and grandmother. She was as gentle as a lamb unless a child was in need, a person who kept friends for life, she kept a timeless youth with her innocence of heart but a rock of stability for those she loved. Whether camping with friends, traveling on cruise ships with family or taking care of her grandchildren she was there to watch over all.
Not only survived by her family Theresa has left an empty spot in so many hearts of life long friends who will miss her continuous smiles, love for fun, and cooking. She enjoyed filling her empty nest by becoming a Nanny and surrounding herself with children but found true happiness and pride with her four grandchildren Jackie, Zachary, Sean and Cole.
Theresa is survived by her husband Ron, daughter and family Michelle Martin-Tomkins, Pat, Sean and Cole Tomkins; son and family Owen Martin, Christina Watts, Jackie and Zachary Martin; surviving siblings Mildred Hilliard, Olive Ruff, Dave Wilbur, Irene Hickman, Claude Jr Wilbur, Arlene Gaeth, Ray Wilbur; sister in law Janice Rutan. Preceded in death by parents Claude and Arlene Wilbur; sisters Margie Martin, Claudine Dye, brother Norman Wilbur; mother in law Jerry Martin.
A celebration of Theresa's life will be held November 10, 2012, 2 pm, at the Bayview Community Center and May of 2013 at Yakama Nation. Please bring your favorite photos to share on our memory wall. To share memories of Theresa online, please sign the guest register at www.hawthornefh.com.
A heart that loved so many so deeply will be missed always.
Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company from Oct. 13 to Oct. 14, 2012