Mary A. Martin, 88, of Sunburst went to be with the Lord on Saturday, October 31, 2020 at her home with her daughter by her side.
Mary was born July 13, 1932 in Redland, OK. Her family moved to Ridgecrest, CA when Mary was a teenager. She graduated from Burroughs High School in California.
Mary met Wayne Martin while working in Torrance, CA after he was honorably discharged from the Navy. Three months later she married Wayne, the love of her life and were married for 65 years. They moved to Missoula after the birth of their first child. Mary worked at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula as a candy striper for a few years. She went to nursing school and worked several years as a licensed vocational nurse before retiring.
Mary and Wayne had 6 children. They were active in their children’s school activities and PTA. They both retired to the Sunburst area about 20 years ago. Mary was a member of the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church.
Survivors include her daughters, Audrey Martin Gossman and Carla Martin (Randy) Meadche; son, Ernest Anthony (Gina) Martin; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
She is preceded in death by husband, Wayne Martin; daughter, Signe Gaye Martin and Sandra Kay Garcia; son, Keith Wayne Martin; granddaughter, Crystal Raye Hunt; and grandson, Joseph “Joey” Wayne Hunt; her father, George Warren; mother, Willie Warren; siblings, Lena Fortline, Sammie Polley, Norma Fortune, Homer Warren, Francis Warren, and Cleve Warren.
Mary will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Rosary services will be held Monday, November 9, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church starting at 11am followed by a funeral mass. On Tuesday, November 10, there will be visitation from 11am to 12pm at Garden City Funeral Home in Missoula. A graveside service will follow at 1pm at Western Montana Veteran Cemetery in Missoula. Social distancing protocol will be enforced.