Elizabeth Florence (Betty) Martin


Posted: Friday, November 18, 2005

Juneau resident Elizabeth Florence (Betty) Martin, 76, died Nov. 8, 2005, at Wildflower Court.

She was born Jan. 30, 1929, to John and Florence (Snyder) Martin at Queen's Hospital in Long Island, New York. She attended Catholic schools, graduating from "Mother Cebrini" High School in Westchester, New York. She entered the work world as a private secretary to several "giants" - Sony, Reynolds Metals and Standard Brands, all of New York.

She held a season pass to The Metropolitan Opera Company and danced professionally as a ballroom dancer at several of New York City's finest hotels, earning the gold medal in solo and competitive dancing from the Arthur Murray Dance School. She was also a very talented tailor/seamstress, earning a letter of commendation from the Singer Sewing Machine Company.

On May 4, 1957, she wed Lloyd Martin at the Blessed Sacrament Church and left the following year for Juneau. Arriving here, she continued on as secretary to the governor. Later, she worked for several superintendents of schools until her retirement in 1980, due to poor health. She suffered a massive stroke on March 1998, and lived at St. Ann's and Wildflower Court until her death.

She is survived by her husband, Lloyd; daughter, Fran Martin of Juneau; sister, Carol (Bill) Power and her children, of Anaconda, Mont.; also brothers-in-law, Leonard J. Martin and Michael Martin and their families, all of Washington State.

At Martin's request, there will be no funeral. Graveside services will be held April 18, 2006, at the Alaska Memorial Park. Donations may be made to Catholic charities or the charity of your choice.

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