Carolyn Martin

Carolyn J. Martin

Wednesday, June 22nd, 1949 - Saturday, August 31st, 2019
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Carolyn J. Martin, 70, of Millersville, died Saturday, August 31, 2019. She was the loving wife of James I. Martin for 51 years. Born in 1949, she was the daughter of Irene (Martin) Sauder of New Holland and the late Leroy H. Sauder. Carolyn was a mother, mail carrier, waitress, greenhouse grower, cabinet maker and EMT volunteer.
She was an active member of Victory Church where she dedicated her artistic talent and enthusiasm to kids’ ministry. For the past seven years, Carolyn supported Hope Family Home in India, including five life-changing visits to India. Carolyn lived the truth that one person can make a difference.
Carolyn’s passion for nature and vast knowledge about plants and insects was fully expressed when she was sharing it with others. She raised thousands of monarch butterflies and shared the process in schools, nursing homes and her community. Blue bird houses were made to be opened so family and friends could see each stage of the process.
Many of you will remember Carolyn for her gardens and flowers. Often, when leaving the house, there was a flurry of activity as she “quickly” ran out and cut some flowers to make an arrangement for a lucky recipient. Carolyn was an artist who excelled in any creative endeavor she tackled, with an unusual breadth in artistic media.
Carolyn loved tiny things including babies, flowers caterpillars and fairy gardens. Her lucky grandchildren were given spots in her gardens and boxes of tiny, intricate things to build their own fairy wonderlands.
In addition to her husband and mother, she is survived by four children: Renita Leong (Chris), Lititz, Andre Martin (Angela), Lancaster, Dana Kumar (Pradeep), Millersville, Tanya Martin Nisly (Kevin), Arlington, KS: eight grandchildren, and three siblings: Leonard Sauder (Rhoda), Bridgewater, VA, Gerald L. Sauder (Julia), Ronks, Gwendolyn Abbs (John “Jack”), Gap.
Carolyn’s Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 am on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at Victory Church, 827 Freedom Rd, Lancaster with Vinnie DePaul officiating. The family will receive friends beginning at 9:30 am. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Carolyn’s name may be sent to Hope Family Home, care of HOME International, 755 White Oak Rd, Denver PA 17517.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, September 7th, 2019 | 9:30am - 11:00am
    Saturday, September 7th, 2019 9:30am - 11:00am
    Victory Church
    1827 Freedom Road
    LANCASTER, PA 17601
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Saturday, September 7th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, September 7th, 2019 11:00am
    Victory Church
    1827 Freedom Road
    LANCASTER, PA 17601
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Rosie Hersh

Posted at 08:07pm
Dear Family of Carolyn Martin,
Greetings with Love, Prayers and Sympathy. Our children attended school with some of you. I enjoyed working with your mother at Yoders Restaurant. I remember Carolyn being so full or LIFE and FUN. And yes, remember at your home near Trailside perhaps to get an animal? to raise for our children?
Lovely newspaper article, for a very lovely child of God. And oh my, Vinnie DePaul, hailed from our town, Terre Hill!
Peace for all, I am so sorry.

Your friends the yoga gals

Posted at 03:32pm
Our condolences to you, Renita. May planting this tree keep your mother's spirit alive in this world.
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A memorial tree was planted in the memory of Carolyn Martin

Merv Horst

Posted at 07:50am
Cousin James and my second cousins Renita, Dana, Tanya and Andre

My deepest condolences to you in the loss of your wife and mother. We are members of the Elsie Viola Harnish and Mahlon W. Martin family but also had deeper spiritual connections through the Mennonite Churches Vine Street, Charlotte Street and now James Street. May you take comfort in the fact that your departed loved Jesus and was a very giving person. I always enjoyed sharing my life experiences with Carolyn. May God comfort you with a deep peace. Greetings from The Hebrew Home at Riverdale, Bronx NY where I am presently rehabilitating

Merv Horst
New York, NY

gary freeman

Posted at 05:55am

Jeff O'Donnell Posted at 05:12pm

My deepest sympathy to the entire Martin family. I met Carolyn quite some time ago when I used to teach Dana and her younger brother Andre oboe lessons. They were a couple of my first students out of college. I used to go to their house to teach them way back then and Carolyn was always amazingly welcoming. They lived in a really cool farmhouse on the other side of New Holland that reminded me very much of my grandparents house. I didn't keep in touch too much with them after our lessons ended, but just wanted them to know that I remember, and enjoyed my time with their family. I lost my mom a few years ago, so I know there are few words to ease the blow. I just wanted to say hello and let you know that I remember what a warm and delightful person she was. Best to you all, Jeff O'Donnell

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