Barbara Lee Martin


Posted: Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Astoria, Ore., resident Barbara Lee Martin died Sunday, July 10, 2005, in Anchor Point while visiting her son and his family.

At her request, a celebration of life picnic was held at her daughter-in-law's and son Howard's house Saturday, July 16. In a final letter to her family, Mrs. Martin stated she had, "a life well lived and (she) is on to bigger and better things now."

Mrs. Martin was born Aug. 24, 1939, in Mead, Wash., to Conrad Archie and June Allison Bass. The family moved to California, where she was married to Howard M. Martin for more than 14 years.

Mrs. Martin worked at 4 Corners Market while attending high school in Castle Rock, Wash. From 1973-76 she worked at Cloverdale Bowl, the Mustard Seed Restaurant and Shop N Save Supermarket. She then moved to Arcata, Calif., working at the Samoa Cookhouse gift shop. In 1981 she moved to Hermiston, Ore., and went to work for the J.R. Simplot Company. She retired from Simplot in 1996 as a machine operator. After retirement she moved to Salem, Ore. Later she moved to Medford, Ore., and then to Astoria.

She spent several years while her children were growing up as a Camp Fire Girls leader, assisting with her son's Boy Scout troop and being involved in Junior Bowling of America. She enjoyed reading, tole painting, viewing wildlife, bowling, playing cards and games and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

"She loved to drink Pepsi and play Yahtzee. She looked forward to vacationing in Alaska every summer, where she loved watching eagles soar and moose roam. Additionally she attended the Clatsop County Fair on her return to watch her grandchildren show livestock," her family said.

Mrs. Martin was preceded in death by her parents, Archie and June Bass; sister, Darlene Frint; and brother, Richard Bass.

She is survived by her daughter, Wanda Blaylock and her children, Wade and Jared of Keizer, Ore.; son, Howard Martin, his wife, Taunya, and their children, Charles and Alicia of Astoria; son, Terry Martin, his wife, Tina, and their children Joey, Julia, Jenna and Jake of Anchor Point; brother, Pete Bass and his wife, Cathy; sisters, Dixie Pickell and her husband, Robert, Donna Strickler, Geri Newman and her husband Jim, and Jeannie Croucher; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

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