ForeverMissed
We are honoring and celebrating the adventurous life of our beautiful Mother, Dorothy Martin, who transitioned to Heaven on March 30, 2021 at 87 years young. 

Our family will cherish her love and memories forever and we will remember her humor, wit and intelligence! Our Mother leaves a legacy of 6 children, 16 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.

Thank you for all the prayers and in lieu of flowers please make donations to her favorite charity - STRIVE Inc at www.striveinc.org
Posted by Nancy Laurence on May 10, 2021
I really enjoyed my time with Dorothy through the holidays in 2020. I got to visit with the three sisters and hear their stories of Baker and their youth and growing up. I especially love Dorothy‘s passion for making sure all of her family got pictures and memories. She inspired me with her writing as I enjoy writing for personal use as well.

Poem from Dorothy

Days End
The sun is like a child
Most mornings refreshingly cheerful
During the day...
Playful yet mischievous at times, hiding behind clouds, casting
shadows and bouncing reflections back and forth

At bedtime…
Quietly calming a rebellious ocean into a blanket of warmth as
it reaches the shore. The sun unable to stay up any longer settles down for the night

By Dorothy Martin

Rest well Aunt Dorothy your inspiration will be missed. 
Posted by Debbie Delmoral on April 25, 2021
I love you mom, I heard Golden Girls playing from your room last night and I thought you were in there, with sadness I realized my “neighbor” is no longer in 2A :). 
Mom I miss you so much and I am not sure what to say other than thank you. Thank you for being an wonderful mom, a wonderful grandmother to Andrew & Mekenzi and most importantly a wonderful friend.
Thank you for all the fun times, whether in your earlier years playing softball together, you beating me at tennis or later years going for our “rides”, watching tv or listening to music, the list goes on and on....
Thank you for all our many, many lunches over the years, especially at Chili’s (86 the tomato’s, almonds instead of croutons, ranch on the side and queso in a bowl not a skillet). 
The house is so quiet without you here, I can’t yell at you and Rick to quit arguing (though you both loved it). No yelling from you to “answer the phone”, us going into panic mode to get the dang phone ( your lifelong obsession with missing a phone call kept us on our toes). 
Finally thank you for just being you. I miss everything about you, your strength for dealing with everything that was thrown at you, your stubbornness, your passion for life and your love for our family. Love you mom, from your favorite child :)
Posted by Christy May on April 12, 2021
Mom - you are still a huge presence in my life. You are a wonderful matriarch who inspires me to be the strong, independent woman I am today. You took life by the *#%@ and lived it your way. You were so adventurous. I followed you to all your activities: softball, hockey, tennis and volleyball. You were cooking meals every night after working all day. (I still don't know how you did it.) I realize now how my lifestyle is shaped by following you.

Once someone met you - they never forgot you! You had an opinion and everyone knew where you stood;) I respected that so much. Yet you were also funny, kind hearted and most importantly - genuine. Anyone who met you knew immediately they were dealing with a passionate, intelligent, loyal, hard working woman who had a life force that would not bow to anyone. RESPECT!

You are greatly missed! I will continue to live a life that carries on your fighting spirit and make you proud.

Love You -
Christy

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Posted by Nancy Laurence on May 10, 2021
I really enjoyed my time with Dorothy through the holidays in 2020. I got to visit with the three sisters and hear their stories of Baker and their youth and growing up. I especially love Dorothy‘s passion for making sure all of her family got pictures and memories. She inspired me with her writing as I enjoy writing for personal use as well.

Poem from Dorothy

Days End
The sun is like a child
Most mornings refreshingly cheerful
During the day...
Playful yet mischievous at times, hiding behind clouds, casting
shadows and bouncing reflections back and forth

At bedtime…
Quietly calming a rebellious ocean into a blanket of warmth as
it reaches the shore. The sun unable to stay up any longer settles down for the night

By Dorothy Martin

Rest well Aunt Dorothy your inspiration will be missed. 
Posted by Debbie Delmoral on April 25, 2021
I love you mom, I heard Golden Girls playing from your room last night and I thought you were in there, with sadness I realized my “neighbor” is no longer in 2A :). 
Mom I miss you so much and I am not sure what to say other than thank you. Thank you for being an wonderful mom, a wonderful grandmother to Andrew & Mekenzi and most importantly a wonderful friend.
Thank you for all the fun times, whether in your earlier years playing softball together, you beating me at tennis or later years going for our “rides”, watching tv or listening to music, the list goes on and on....
Thank you for all our many, many lunches over the years, especially at Chili’s (86 the tomato’s, almonds instead of croutons, ranch on the side and queso in a bowl not a skillet). 
The house is so quiet without you here, I can’t yell at you and Rick to quit arguing (though you both loved it). No yelling from you to “answer the phone”, us going into panic mode to get the dang phone ( your lifelong obsession with missing a phone call kept us on our toes). 
Finally thank you for just being you. I miss everything about you, your strength for dealing with everything that was thrown at you, your stubbornness, your passion for life and your love for our family. Love you mom, from your favorite child :)
Posted by Christy May on April 12, 2021
Mom - you are still a huge presence in my life. You are a wonderful matriarch who inspires me to be the strong, independent woman I am today. You took life by the *#%@ and lived it your way. You were so adventurous. I followed you to all your activities: softball, hockey, tennis and volleyball. You were cooking meals every night after working all day. (I still don't know how you did it.) I realize now how my lifestyle is shaped by following you.

Once someone met you - they never forgot you! You had an opinion and everyone knew where you stood;) I respected that so much. Yet you were also funny, kind hearted and most importantly - genuine. Anyone who met you knew immediately they were dealing with a passionate, intelligent, loyal, hard working woman who had a life force that would not bow to anyone. RESPECT!

You are greatly missed! I will continue to live a life that carries on your fighting spirit and make you proud.

Love You -
Christy
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Life of Adventure - Dorothy Martin

Former Sitkan resident, Dorothy Martin, 87, passed away on March 30, 2021 in Aloha, Oregon. She was born in Portland, Oregon in 1933 and moved to Sitka, Alaska in 1965 to begin her adventurous teaching career in logging camps for three years. She taught 1st grade through 6th grade in a one room school house. Dorothy also taught 16 years at Etolin Street School as a 5th grade teacher where she was known for teaching students her infamous crafts of copper tooling pictures and wax stars for Christmas.

Dorothy’s life was filled with passion and adventure for her family as she packed up her 5 young kids and dog to travel on 4 different types of planes from Portland, Oregon to arrive in Rodman Bay Logging Camp. This was her first time flying ever!

Dorothy was constantly on the move playing tennis, volleyball, softball and painting.She enjoyed giving tennis lessons to children and adults while living in Sitka. Dorothy retired in 1984 moving to Aloha, Oregon where she was a substitute teacher. She then worked at a major Tennis Center which she retired from at 75 years old.Dorothy continued to play tennis until her late 70’s and continued painting until 85 years old.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband Galen Martin and son-in-law Michael McClelland. Dorothy's legacy will live on through her six children Rick (Anne) Martin, Linda Martin, Cindy (George) Pollitt, Karen McClelland, Debbie (Rick) Delmoral, and Christy (Michael) May. She is also survived by 16 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. She is survived by her two sisters Nancy Johnson and Katie Young and many nieces and nephews including Sitka’s Tammy (Gary) Perensovich.

Dorothy was a very loving, giving and determined lady that made everyone she met feel important and cared for like she was their missing mother, grandparent, or friend. We will miss her every day and will continue sharing all of the lessons and stories she passed on to us.We are truly blessed to have shared a loving and adventurous life with Dorothy. Please share your fondest memories of her on her Tribute page at (insert funeral home Tribute Page link).

Thank you for all the prayers and in lieu of flowers please make donations to her favorite charity to improve medical handoffs for cancer patients - STRIVE Inc at www.striveinc.org

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Shared by Mark Bergey on April 26, 2021
I remember mrs Martin from grade school like it was yesterday. She was a very good teacher and obviously did well at what ever she had the interest in
amazing how time flies by.  I’m convinced this world could use more people like her. 

ALL THE GOOD THINGS YOU HAVE DONE

Shared by Karen McClelland on April 11, 2021
My thoughts trail back to when I was young,
thinking of all the good things you have done.
The road and steps were not a perfect journey
but a real blessing for six kids and all their yearnings.

Amazing you attending college, carrying babies and raising kids
you persevered to graduate despite obstacles facing you ahead.
Your teaching degree and father’s logging skills
took us to Alaska of which us kids gained life time thrills.

Adventure, independence and preservation was a must
but with your guidance we learned to build our self trust.
Our funds and resources were very tight
but with hard work and hidden faith we battled the fight.

I smile to think of my sewing and baking of bread,
a talent shared by you to help us stay ahead.
Our creative remodeling and painting to beautify our home
was our bonding journey together in doing it alone.

Your active life of sports: softball, swimming and tennis
was your gift from God to build the talent in us.
Like you, I have paved my road and traveled away
to pursue my dreams and make a difference each day.

The journey of life has brought typical family feuds
that strain relationships with some untruths.
While blessed with your confidence and words are few,
Just remember I will never stop loving you.

I cherish your Bible dated September 27, 1942
knowing firmly that God has always been with you.
I pray God took you in His arms and saved you that day
for I realize God blessed us with you in many ways.

Loving thoughts always, your grateful daughter Karen McClelland
October 11, 2013