Martha "Marty" (Seaver) Kimball
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Martha "Marty" (Seaver) Kimball

Martha "Marty" (Seaver) Kimball, 89, daughter of William and Inez (Waite) Seaver, beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, exhibiting fortitude to the end, passed away at camp on June 7, 2021. Marty was raised in Melrose, MA and followed in her oldest sister Priscilla's footsteps to Mount Holyoke College, graduating in 1953. The sisters had emulated their trailblazing mother, who left the family farm in Woodstock, VT and later graduated from Mount Holyoke in 1916. Marty lost Priscilla much too soon in 1969 but was fortunate to have had her cherished, older sister, Anne, in her life for over eighty years. As adults, their five year age difference seemed more like five minutes as they spent countless hours together and were affectionately referred to as the "Seaver twins."

During college Marty dated an old classmate of Anne's from Melrose, Army Corporal Richard "Dick" Kimball. The combination of Dick's charm, his uniform, and his ability to procure inexpensive cigarettes from the PX was the magic elixir that led to a wonderful life together of more than sixty years, raising their children at their home in Lexington, MA and camp at Spalding's Bay in Colchester, VT. As empty nesters they went on vacations to Florida and the Caribbean when they wanted to get warm and to Europe when they wanted to get cultured.

Marty doted on her children, packing their school lunches before getting herself off to work, preparing supper (including dessert), washing their sheets on Thursdays (the days the kids didn't have to make their beds), etc., etc. Fortunately, her children were visual, not tactile, learners and after years of observation were able to fend for themselves upon reaching adulthood. On weekends, she took her kids to pick berries behind the school, to catch pollywogs at the swamp, and to the ocean where she allowed them to take home seashells and seaweed. And she took them to just about every historical site in Massachusetts and Vermont. As a grandmother, Marty played board games, card games, video games, ping pong, badminton, and virtually anything else her grand kids asked her to play. She attended every sporting event and school event possible while splitting her time between Vermont and Massachusetts. The adoration and admiration between the two generations was mutual.

With a friendly smile and kind words, Marty brightened the days of those she crossed paths with on Beach Rd, Gleason Rd, and every road she ever traversed. She constantly lent a helping hand, providing meals, delivering flowers, and driving old friends and new acquaintances to appointments around town. Martha (how she was known in Lexington) was a member of Pilgrim Congregational Church for over fifty years, where she was actively involved with the Mission Committee, leader of the Care Committee, and the driving force behind the church becoming an Open and Affirming congregation.

Marty is survived by her son Bob Kimball and his wife Krissie, son Tom Kimball, and daughter Emily Collins and her husband Tom; grandchildren Tom Kimball and his wife Perry, Amanda Clere and her husband James, Rick Lania and his wife Abby, Tony Lania and his fiancé Arley Donovan, and Bobby Lania; great- grandchildren Will and Katie Clere, and Martha Kimball; and "my friend Norm" Pellerin, who was kind and devoted to Marty after her return to Vermont. She also leaves many nieces and nephews and their spouses; grandnieces and grandnephews and their spouses; and great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews, all of whom she loved with all her heart.

She was predeceased by her husband, Dick and her son, Kenny.

A celebration of Marty's life will be held at a later time. Contributions may be made in Marty's memory to Esperanza-Hope for the Children, Inc., 19 W View Lane, Stow, MA 01775, or to PathwaysVermont, 50 Main Street #127, Winooski, VT 05404.




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Published in The Burlington Free Press from Jun. 10 to Jun. 11, 2021.
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June 11, 2021
As I write this, crying, it feels like the end of an era for Spalding’s Bay West Shore, The end of a generation who raised all of us - the Kimball’s, the Harringtons, the Morgan’s. I can still picture our Moms sitting together on the beach talking and then wading out for a swim before heading back up to camp to fix us all dinner. What a wonderful childhood we all had with three great women (as well as our Dad’s) to spend each and every summer day with us. It is hard to believe that we are all in our sixties (well maybe not Janet and Emily), and that Nancy is gone. It seems like yesterday when we were all together and running in and out of each other’s camps for the goodies that our mother’s prepared. Remember the 4th of July parades? Who knew that our parents were so smart or wonderful until we were adults ourselves and realized what a blessed gift they had given each and every one of us in that wonderful childhood. My sympathy to Bobbie, Tom and Emily as well as to Betsy, Rich and Janet but what great memories we all have. A wonderful woman has moved on to the next world with all the rest of our parents and our Lord and Savior. God bless!
Marsha Morgan Mongeon
Neighbor
June 11, 2021
We are so sorry to hear of Marty’s passing. We have great memories of her and her family when we were all enjoying fun times at Spaldings West Shore when we were much younger. Marty’s kids, as well as the Harrington and the Semenza kids babysat our sons Brad and Seth in the 70ssuch fun times
RIP, Marty.
Rich & Terri Feeley
Neighbor
June 10, 2021
She was the best neighbor anyone could ever wish for. We miss her.
Maida eisenberg
Neighbor
June 10, 2021
Marty was a wonderful neighbor and friend at camp. She was always smiling and kind. May she rest in peace.
Heather
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