Information for Mary Ellen Spence Martin
28 June, 1926 2 March, 1987
From the Idaho Press-Tribune
March, 1987

Contributed by Dennis McIndoo


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Mary Martin

    Services for Mary Ellen Martin, 60, of Nampa, who died Monday, March 2, in Boardman, Ore., of natural causes, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Kuna Third Ward, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, on Deer Flat Road.
    Bishop Dennis Wells of the ward will officiate.  Burial will follow at the Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, under the direction of the Alsip Funeral Chapel, Nampa.
    Mrs. Martin was born June 28, 1926, at Nevada, Mo., to Alfred and Mary Tyner Spence.  At a young age she moved to Roberts, Idaho, with her family. They later came to Nampa, where she was reared and educated.
    After her schooling she worked as a secretary for Lee Cook in Nampa and later for the Nampa Safeway store for several years.
    She married Lewis A. Martin Jan. 11, 1948, at Winnemucca, Nev., and they made their home in Nampa.  Their marriage was solemnized Aug. 26, 1959, at the Idaho Falls LDS Temple.
    She worked for Minor-Breckon in Nampa then, on March 1, 1969, went to work as a secretary for the Nampa Highway District, where she was employed at the time of her death.
    She was a member of the Kuna Third Ward LDS Church, where she was on the Sunday school board and had held several positions in the church.
    She is survived by her husband of Nampa; two sons, Darrus D. Martin of Blackfoot and Kelly C. Martin of Nampa; two daughters, Ardyth L. Graham of Aloha, Ore., and Denise A. Cottle of Centerville, Utah; three brothers, Alfred E. Spence of Aberdeen, Miss., Albert A. Spence of Sedona, Ariz.: and Ralph W. Spence of Salem, Ore.; a sister, Iona Elberta Smith of Mesa, Ariz.; 10 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
    She was preceded in death by a son, Dennis Wade Martin; and a sister, Edith.
    Friends may call at the Nampa Alsip chapel today from 5 to 9 p.m., Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday at the Kuna Third Ward from Ito 1:45 p.m.


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