Margaret Luella Evans Martin passed away peacefully in her home in Granite Bay, California on Saturday, August 19, 2017.
Margaret was born on August 30, 1927 in the Welsh community of Judson, Minnesota to Gomer Franklin Evans and Margaret Jane (Jones) Evans with siblings Rachel, May, Edgar, and Hayden, and her cherished, lifelong friend and cousin, Anna Grace (Jones) Rawson. She grew up on a farm with no running water or electricity, until she moved into Lake Crystal with her cousin, Anna Grace to attend high school. She loved playing baseball and had many boyfriends.
After graduation, she attended nursing school at Gustavus Adolphus College and Bethesda Hospital. Her last semester was served at the VA Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa in the Cadet Nursing Corp, which was finally recognized as part of our military services from WWII. This is where she met her husband, Clarence "Bud" Lamont Martin, who was in the Navy and recovering from surgery. They married four months later in Judson, Minnesota on December 2, 1948. She worked the majority of her working years as a Registered Nurse in a hospital or private practice.
The first 10 years of marriage, she either moved or had a baby each year until her quiver was full in 1959 with six children. Margaret retired May 1992 at 65 in Roseville, California after working at a private practice for 17 years. She then traveled across the US in a motorhome for six months with her husband, later volunteering at Kaiser, and going to Curves three times a week until she was in her late 80's. She also enjoyed a full life at her church, where she served as deacon with shut-ins, sang in the choir, attended Community Bible Study, and was loved by everyone who came into contact with her. In her later years, she would mend clothes for anyone who had a need, knitted and crocheted, gardened, and would visit the elderly. Until 2017, every year she mailed birthday cards to all of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren (48 in total).
She is predeceased by her parents and siblings; husband, Dr. Clarence L. Martin; son, Drake Evans; and daughter, Dawn Elizabeth. Margaret is survived by her children: Dwight Fairchild, Dianne Grace (Richard), Douglas Lloyd (Stacey), and Dana Margaret (Jim); 15 grandchildren, with significant others; and 31 great-grandchildren; as well as, beloved cousin, Anna Grace (Jones) Rawson and special friend, Howard Simmermacher. However, her greatest love of all was her Savior, Jesus Christ, who she will rest with for eternity.
"Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it." Proverbs 2:6
The Family requests any donations be sent to Centerpoint Christian Church - Children's Ministries, 515 Sunrise Blvd., Roseville, CA 95661
916-782 3186 http://centerpointroseville.org/giving.html
Margaret will be buried in the spring at the Jerusalem Cemetery, Judson, Minnesota, with her husband, son, daughter, and many other relatives, dating back to the 1800's.
Published on September 24, 2017