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Information for Alta May Casey Martin
25 July, 1899 – 13 May, 1985
From the Idaho Press-Tribune
May, 1985

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Alta Martin

    Graveside services for Alta May Martin, 85, of Ontario, formerly of Wilder and Homedale, who died Monday, May 13, in an Ontario hospital, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Wilder Cemetery.
    The Rev. Sue Nelson Caille of the United Methodist Church, Wilder, will officiate, under the direction of Flahiff Funeral Chapel, Homedale.
    Mrs. Martin was born July 25, 1899, in Fontanelle, Iowa, where she was reared and educated.  She moved with her family to Wilder in 1919.
    She married Harley E. Martin on April 5, 1920, in Denver, Colo.  The couple made their home in Iowa and lived there until 1921 when they moved to Wilder.  They moved to Homedale from Wilder in 1940.  She worked as a clerk and later as assistant post mistress at the Wilder Post Office from the 1930s until she retired in 1965.
    In the mid 1940s they purchased the Homedale Drug Store and owned and operated it until 1960.  She and her husband were members of a dance band known as "Forrest Sower and the Music Makers” and they played in many of the surrounding communities on Saturday nights for several years.
    She was a member of the Charity Rebekah Lodge 75 of Wilder; the Wilder Rook Club for 45 years, a member of the Wilder United Methodist Church, and she loved music.
    She is survived by a niece, Merna Kuykendall of Ontario, Ore.; a nephew, Milton R. Graham of Fresno, Calif.; six grandnephews; four grandnieces; four great-grandnephews; and 10 great-grandnieces.
    She was preceded in death by her husband in 1974; her parents; a sister, Hattie Graham in 1984; three brothers; and a nephew.
    Memorials may be made to the Wilder Charity Rebekah Lodge 75, care of Flahiff Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 366, Homedale, Idaho 83628.
    Friends may call today until 8 p.m. and Thursday from 9 a.m. until noon at the Flahiff Funeral Chapel, Homedale.


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