MARTIN, Mary V.|
Mary V. Martin passed away in Lubbock, TX, on April 29 after a long illness. Internment services are to be held at Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery, pending arrangements by Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers in Lubbock. Mary was born in Deposit, NY, on December 17, 1926. Her parents were the late Benjamin and Viola Holmes VanValkenburg. Mary was preceded in death in 2009 by her husband of 61 years Elmer Martin.
Mary is survived by sons Tom Martin and wife Karen of Lubbock, TX, Patrick Martin and wife Rene of Raleigh, N.C.; daughters Donna Martin of Tucson, AZ, Linda Martin of Bertram, TX, and Sally Johnson and husband Rodney of Lubbock, TX; and her brother, Elwin VanValkenburg and wife Priscilla of Sidney, NY.
Mary's grandchildren are Maj. Adam Martin, U.S. Army, of Philadelphia, Clay Martin of Lubbock, TX, Dr. Eric Martin of Raleigh, NC and Jenna Millegan of Bertram, TX.
Mary graduated in 1947 from the Cadet Nurse Corps at Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY, as a registered nurse. She and Elmer were married in 1948. Elmer served in the U.S. Air Force, and he and Mary were stationed in Rome, NY, Athens, OH, Itazuke AFB, Japan, Cincinnati, OH, Oneonta, NY, and Albany, NY. They were transferred to Reese AFB, Lubbock, in 1964. Mary was a nurse at Methodist Hospital, a volunteer at First Christian Church, and active in the Llano Estacado Audubon Society and Girl Scouts.
In 1976 the family moved to Austin, TX, where Mary was a volunteer wedding coordinator at Central Christian Church and active in the Travis County Audubon Society, the Westlake High School PTA and the Republican Women's Club. In 2005, Elmer and Mary moved back to Lubbock.
The family suggests memorial donations to the Lubbock Area Veterans War Memorial, P.O. Box 64427, Lubbock, TX 79464.
Published in Austin American-Statesman from May 6 to May 7, 2014