Alda M. Martin
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Alda M. Martin
She was born Aug. 1, 1935, in Newport, Perry County, a daughter of the late Raymond and Mary K. (Sheaffer) Baker. On June 11, 1955, she married Ronald P. Martin with whom she was blessed to share more than 44 years of marriage before his passing on Jan. 11, 1999.
She is survived by a son, Danny J. Martin and his wife Cathy of Richfield; a daughter, Lori Martin of Northumberland; three grandchildren, Kalie Martin, Amanda Hogan and her husband Michael, and Andrew Apple and his wife Meagan; six great-grandchildren, Emma Hogan, Adam Hogan, Grace Hogan, Cohen Apple, Lincoln Apple, and Nolan Apple; one sister, Bonnie Funk of Sunbury; and several generations of nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her companion, Robert Zaring on July 7, 2014, and her siblings, Walter Baker in infancy, Mary Catherine Bower, Rhoda Saylor, and Albert J. Baker.
She was a 1953 graduate of Newport High School who enjoyed being a family centered homemaker and a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.
Alda was a member of the First Church of God in Newport and attended the Richfield United Church of Christ in the last several years of her Richfield residency.
Active throughout her children's lives, Alda was a part of many school and youth activities and extra circular events. She loved her life along the Juniata River, often entertaining summer gatherings while enjoying boating and swimming. She was an avid artist in earlier years and still was in total enjoyment of her coloring books and also adored country music with Charley Pride being her favorite of all.
A viewing will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, May 20, at the Richfield United Church of Christ, 44 Church St., Richfield, followed by the funeral at 11, with Pastor Tammy Gessner and Alda's nephew, Pastor Rodney Bower, officiating.
Interment will follow in the Richfield Union Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Alda's memory to the American Heart Association, 4250 Crums Mill Road, Harrisburg, PA 17112.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Brown Funeral Homes Inc., 111 Westfall St., McAlisterville.
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