Martha Morrison Kilmer
1957-2013 ASHLEY FALLS, MA Martha Morrison Kilmer, 56, of 1272 Rannapo Rd. died Friday evening August 23, 2013, surrounded by her family at the Charlotte-Hungerford Hospital in Torrington, CT, after a long battle with cancer. She was the wife of Robert C. Kilmer, Jr. Martha was born February 4, 1957 in Sharon, CT, daughter of the late Bernard "Bernie" J. and Evelyn (Murphy) Morrison. Martha, along with her husband and family, ran the Twin Rivers Farm in Ashley Falls. The Kilmer's have owned the dairy farm for over 20 years. Martha's second career was as a school bus driver for the Greg Massini School Bus Company of Sheffield, MA. Her love of children and animals continued as the leader of two separate 4-H clubs. Martha has been involved with 4-H for her entire life. She was the leader of the Silver Mountain 4-H Dairy Club in Dutchess County NY and the River Valley 4-H club in Litchfield County CT. She was the current president of the Housatonic Valley FFA Alumni Association and the current president of the Litchfield County Cooperative Extension Service Association. In addition to her husband, Martha is survived by her four children: Sonia Gale and her husband Frank of Canaan, CT; Jessica Eichstedt and her husband Jason of Mill River, MA; Robbie Kilmer and Cami Willis of Ashley Falls, MA and Harrison Kilmer also of Ashley Falls, MA. Her sister Lana Morrison and her brother Lenny Morrison both of Millerton, NY and her five grandchildren: Krista Flynn-Padelli, Kelsey Eichstedt, Kaliegh Eichstedt, Logan Padelli and Madelyn Gale and several nieces and nephews. FUNERAL NOTICE: A celebration of Martha's life will be held on Wednesday August 28, 2013 at 11:30 AM in the Ashley Falls Methodist Church Main St Ashley Falls, MA 01222. Visitation will be held at the Newkirk-Palmer Funeral Home 118 Main St. North Canaan, CT 06018. On Tuesday August 27, 2013 from 5-9 pm. Memorial donations may be sent in Martha's memory to the Housatonic Valley FFA Alumni Association Scholarship Fund 246 Warren Turnpike Falls Village, CT 06031 and to the Litchfield County 4-H Foundation 843 University Drive Torrington, CT 06790.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Aug. 26, 2013.