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Mildred J. Martin

Posted By DeBord Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On October 14, 2019 @ 12:02 pm In Obituaries | 7 Comments

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Surrounded by family, Mildred J. Martin, age 91, passed away peacefully at Lancaster General Hospital on October 12, 2019 following a stroke. Mildred was born February 18, 1928 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania to the late Martin L. and Josephine M. Russell Wurster.

She was the cherished wife of the late Robert L. Martin who passed away March 2, 2004. They were married for over 50 years and had two daughters: Janice C., wife of Barry L. Wenger, Willow Street, PA and Joan M., wife of Kraig L. Shirk, Pagosa Springs, CO. She is also survived by three granddaughters: Alissa J. Zissman, Pagosa Springs, CO, Adrienne C. Shirk, Lancaster, PA, and Janelle M., wife of Michael C. Haverstick, Willow Street, PA. Four great-grandchildren: Ethan and Brandon Haverstick and Tevye and Sedona Zissman. She was preceded in death by a brother Kenneth M. Wurster.

She was a 1946 graduate of McCaskey High School. Earlier in her life she worked at W.T. Grant and Miesse Candies. Her favorite job was caring for her family.

She enjoyed attending Fulton Theatre shows, antiquing, and singing in the choir at Zion United Church of Christ of New Providence where she was a member.

Mildred developed a fondness for the movie “The Wizard of Oz” while watching it on TV with her young daughters many years ago. We will always remember her beautiful soprano voice singing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” She especially held true the story’s inspired theme “There’s no place like home.” She lived that motto while providing a loving home for her family. She was a woman who loved all living things and gave special pampered attention to many pets over the years including pups Toto, Glinda, and Auntie Em.

In addition to the Wizard of Oz she enjoyed collecting dolls, stuffed animals, creamers, and animal figurines. She will be lovingly remembered for her devotion to family, sense of humor, love of furry friends, doing crossword and word search puzzles, and watching Jeopardy.

The family wishes to thank those at LGH and Kindred at Home for their kind and compassionate care as she journeyed over the rainbow.

Memorial Donations may be made to Pet Pantry of Lancaster, 26 Millersville Road, Lancaster, PA 17603.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a funeral at DeBord Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory, 141 E. Orange St., Lancaster, PA 17602 on Friday, October 18, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.  A viewing will be held from 10:00 a.m. until time of funeral.  Interment will follow in Riverview Burial Park.  To leave an online condolence for the family, please visit: www.DeBordSnyder.com

Condolences for the family of “Mildred J. Martin”

Condolence from Gwen Clevenger on October 15th, 2019 1:12 pm

My sincere condolences for the loss of your mom. She was one of the great ones!!
Janice, I appreciate your phone call.

Condolence from Chuck Simmons on October 15th, 2019 4:12 pm

Condolences on your loss.

Condolence from Lois Ann Reed on October 15th, 2019 6:07 pm

Joni and family,
Your mom was a special lady. I am very sorry for your loss. While she will be sorely missed, she is truly home now and waiting to see you all again.
Wishing you peace and comfort in the days ahead,
Lois Ann (Harris)Reed

Condolence from Fay Shultz on October 16th, 2019 9:16 am

Dear Janice and Joan,
I am so sorry to hear about your Dear Mother. Oh do we have so many wonderful memoeies through the years! Such a sweetheart and how she would bring her Mother to the shop also. I still have a picture of your Grandmother when she was sixteen that she gave me. It’s still on my wall. I enjoyed all the fun things she did and all the stories she had. I wished I had known she could sing like that. Would have loved to hear her sing from the “Wizard”.
My deepest sympathies to you both and may all those wonderful memories bring a smile to your face and to your heart when you remember her.

Condolence from Cyndi Conover on October 16th, 2019 11:44 am

Janice, Joni and Janelle, I’m so sorry to hear of your mother/grandmother’s passing. She was such a wonderful person. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Always, always remember the good and loving times with her. She is now at peace.

Condolence from Sharon Grager on October 16th, 2019 3:22 pm

Bill and I send our thoughts and prayers for you and your family. I remember your mom coming to school to watch the band! Those were great days and I am sure you have many, many loving and lasting memories of your mom. These memories seem to always get us tgrough the tough times. I wish we could be there personally to give you our hugs but we will be out of town.
Our sincere condolences, with love….Bill and Sharon Grager

Condolence from Louanne Wissler on October 17th, 2019 10:50 am

Dear Janice, Joan, and Family,

I was saddened to read of the passing of your mother, but marveled at her long and rich life. I have fond memories of your mother growing up on Plank Avenue. I especially appreciate that she was a dear and faithful friend to my own mother. I agree with her that there is much to learn from “The Wizzard of Oz.”

With Heartfelt Sympathy,
Tucker and Louanne (Reinhart) Wissler

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