MARTHA ANN (AUBLE) ALDERMAN
1961 - 2019
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ALDERMAN, Martha Ann (Auble) Passed away peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday, July 31 after a brief, but hard-fought battle with cancer. She was 58.

Martha was one of the kindest people you would ever meet, which she always proudly attributed to her midwestern roots. She was born on July 6, 1961 in Cleveland, Ohio to Mary Spinning Auble and John August Auble. Raised in the suburb of Gates Mills, Martha loved exploring the woods and nearby ravine with her three brothers.

Martha attended Hathaway Brown School, where she was voted the funniest in her class. She was involved in many school activities and was the president of the school's HB Carnival fundraiser her senior year, which started a lifelong love for leading community projects.

At age 18, Martha was ready to see more of the country when she headed to college at the University of Vermont to study political science. Her junior year, she signed up to take part in Semester at Sea, a program that allowed her to travel around the world while taking classes aboard a cruise ship. Semester at Sea sparked a love of travel in Martha, and she never looked back.

After graduating from UVM, Martha got a job at Lloyd's of London, the world's leading insurance market. Not even slightly daunted by moving to a new country alone, off Martha went to England. With her bubbly personality and ability to make anyone feel comfortable, she made flocks of friends. She also caught the eye of a young Lloyd's broker named Jerry Alderman, who, once meeting her at a post-work event, was charmed by her infectious good nature and love for life.

When her two-year stint in London came to an end, Martha and Jerry spent hours (and lots of money) on trans-Atlantic phone calls before deciding to get married. The pair then began planning a life in Boston, where Martha had accepted at job at Thomas E. Sears insurance agency, and were married in Martha's hometown church on August 23, 1986.

In 1989, Martha and Jerry moved to Hingham, Massachusetts, the place that became their home for more than 30 years. They welcomed three happy and healthy babies into the world - Abby in '89, followed by Oliver in '91 and Emma in '94. Martha loved being a mom and put her whole heart into giving her children the very best possible childhood.

Once all of her kids began school, Martha decided to go back to work, this time as a real estate broker. The job turned out to be the perfect fit. She made friends with every single one of her clients and was named Home Center Real Estate's Broker of the Year within her first twelve months.

When she wasn't playing tennis or walking her adored dogs in one of her hundreds of baseball caps, Martha loved volunteering her time for the community. She was an active member of the Hingham Mother's Club for many years, frequently delivered Meals on Wheels to local people in need, and was a very popular Sunday School teacher at the family's church, St. John's. More recently, Martha volunteered weekly at the Hingham Food Pantry and the Hingham Public Library.

Martha is survived by her loving husband, Jerry, her three children, Abby, Oliver and Emma, her mother Mary, her three brothers David, John and Jamie, and numerous friends and extended family whom she deeply cherished.

Calling Hours to visit with Martha's family will be held at the Parish of St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church, 172 Main Street, Hingham, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 8. A Celebration of Martha's Life will also be held at St. John's on Friday, August 9, at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in Martha's memory can be made to the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation to help find a cure for this terrible disease. Please visit https://cholangiocarcinoma.org/get-involved/fundraisers-events/martha-alderman/. See

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Published in Boston Globe from Aug. 1 to Aug. 4, 2019.
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July 27, 2020
I continue to miss that beautiful smiling face. The fun and laughter you brought to tennis will never be forgotten. Rest in pease my friend!!
Janene Burke
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August 21, 2019
Dear loved ones of Martha, I knew her in middle school. Nancy, Cathy, and I were all in tumbling together. We had a lot of fun!
I sometimes remember names and google them. Tonite I am saddened by your loss!
Martha, always smiling and a gem of a friend!
Big hug to all whom had the pleasure of knowing her!
Dawn Schreibman
August 14, 2019
Dear Jerry and family. So sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you. Best Wishes, Nick
Nicholas Peck
August 9, 2019
Dear Jerry, Abby, Oliver and Emma,
Please accept our deepest sympathies on the loss of Martha. Jerry, I will always remember how warm and welcoming Martha was when John and I first moved to Boston. We are fortunate to have such fond memories of such a lovely woman. I know she will be missed but how lucky you all were to have her in your lives.
Elaine and John Quinn
August 9, 2019
I met this beautiful creature in 1981 on Semester at Sea, and was instantly in love. We had the best time traveling the world, so many laughs and great times. Although we lived on different coasts and did not get to see each other after our trip, Martha always held a special place in my life. I was lucky to be invited to her wedding with Jeremy, and had the best weekend. I send my best regards to the family; she was really an awesome person and will always be dear to me. With love, Craig Lipsey
August 8, 2019
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August 8, 2019
I spent the first part of my life living next door to Martha on Berkshire Road, in Gates Mills. There were a lot of boys in the neighborhood, not many girls. Martha was older than me, but was always so welcoming to this scruffy kid, me, who spent a lot of time with her brothers, when I stood just outside her door at the top of the stairs. She would invite me into her room, all light and pillows, even after I kicked her in the face when she spotted me doing a back handspring..... Martha always had a smile on her face, always, and she was funny.
There was the time that Martha was learning trumpet and she would hang her trumpet out of her bedroom window, which faced mine, and an unpolished but complete and very clearly trumpeted version of Born Free blew into ever window of our house in the morning. Those mornings are mornings I remember, even if you cursed the noise that woke you up. My father would shake his head and with a quick smile say, "Martha.", and we would laugh.
I went to London and worked for HS Weavers, like Martha, because of Martha maybe. I didn't get a lovely English husband out of the deal but I did gain a lifelong love of the English sense of humor. I rarely spoke with Martha since she left for Boston, but when we did communicate it was like she lived next door, like no time had passed at all. "Moll!" was what I heard on the other end of the line even though we had not spoken in probably 20 years. That's what she called me when we were kids. What a warm, bright soul.
Molly Seitz
August 8, 2019
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August 7, 2019
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August 6, 2019
Dear Jerry, Abby, Oliver, and Emma, and all the family,
Your wife and mother was a dear person, and so loved you all! It was obvious when she interacted with you and with her teachers at school, at church and everywhere; I am deeply saddened to hear of her death at such an early age, and send my deepest prayers for you all!
Love, Jane (and Jim) Simpson
writing from S.C.
Jane Simpson
August 5, 2019
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August 5, 2019
Dear Jerry, Oliver, Abby and Emma,

I am so terribly sorry for your profound loss. Martha was a shining light to everyone around her and I am proud to say that I was your Realtor for 2 home sales, and had the honor of having Martha not only work for me at Home Center Realty but also to have presented her with the company's Top Agent Award in her very first year...a remarkable achievement never matched...from a charming and remarkable woman. Loved her...Love to you all....Gail Petersen Bell.
August 5, 2019
Jerry and Oliver, we are so sorry for the loss of your wife and your mother. The few times we got to meet her and spend time at Circle of Champions, she was always a joy to be around. Our thoughts are with you, and the entire family, during these difficult and sad times. God Bless.

Joe Battaini/ Lisa Davis
Joe Battaini
August 5, 2019
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
She was one of a kind.
An old Work Mate from T.E.S.,
Bette L.
Bette Logan
August 3, 2019
Martha was a gem.... always shining... She saw the best in others and made everyone feel welcomed and loved.. My thoughts are with you all.. Cancer sucks.. I always enjoyed spending time in your kitchen and remember those days long ago fondly.. Martha held the standard of a impeccable human being high and her infectious love of life will be missed by many...
Mellie Owen
August 3, 2019
Just speechless. Such a wonderful and fun human being. I am so sad for Martha and her whole family. I will keep you all in my thoughts.
Dean Holden
August 3, 2019
Another wonderful person gone too soon to this terrible disease. Never knew Martha but wished I did
Rest In Peace Martha : you made this world a better place
August 2, 2019
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August 2, 2019
My heart is absolutely breaking for all of you. This picture of Martha says it all. Beautiful smile, beautiful friend! I will deeply miss her. Will never forget all those play group memories when our kids were young. Feel so blessed our friendship rekindled playing tennis the last several years. Martha was always smiling and laughing but a fierce competitor. Her sense of humor was infectious. I often would leave tennis still smiling about something Martha had said during tennis!! A very special lady who will be deeply missed. Heaven has gained a wonderful angel. She will no doubt have everyone in stitches with her "shenanigans"! Martha I am so blessed to have been your friend! RIP
Janene Burke
August 2, 2019
Dear Abby and family,

I am so sorry for your profound loss. What a perfectly eloquent tribute to clearly such a radiant, kind and beautiful soul. Thinking of you and sending love, peace and comfort during this difficult time and the months to come.

With love,
Mimi Pinner
Mimi Pinner
August 2, 2019
There is a Martha-sized hole in my heart as I write. Jerry, Abby, Oliver and Emma, Mary, David, Johnny and Jamie - know that Martha is with you every day. Hold tight to all of the wonderful memories. She lived her life with grace, dignity and integrity... and of course, that million dollar smile. I will miss her every day, but know I will see her In the way, way beyond.
Karen Converse
August 1, 2019
Martha was a delight. She was ALWAYS smiling. I never saw her without one. She had the best lob in tennis and the biggest heart in life. I am so so sad she is gone from us and most of all from her family, who she loved and who are aching without her.
Brooke Chamberlain Cook
August 1, 2019
Dear Jerry, Oliver, Abby & Emma,
Yours is a truly special family-the kind people aspire to have. Having known you all & Martha through Jerry and Oliver, I know that you've lived life to the fullest together and prioritized quality family time creating so many cherished memories. I've always admired how you've lived your family values & I know you will carry on the beautiful legacy with Martha's love & spirit guiding you.
Lori B
August 1, 2019
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