LaVerne Marie Martin started her journey during a raging snow storm in Martin, S.D. on Jan. 10, 1930. During her journey she raised seven children, retired from Safeway and has been mom to so many more. She had a firm foundation in God and started each day with her bible. Her entire life was based on family, service and love towards all, including her church families. Her faith never faltered through life’s trials and tribulations.
Her journeys have led her to South Dakota, Oregon, Idaho, Washington state, and even Japan, where her oldest daughter was working. She finally settled in Oak Harbor, Wash., in 1972. Her legacy of love will live on through the centuries through the memories of her family and friends.
She leaves behind one daughter and son as well as many grandchildren, five brothers and sisters, nieces, nephews and cousins. This Christmas will be a celebration for her heavenly family as she was preceded by five children, 10 brothers and sisters, two grandchildren and one great grandchild
She will always be remembered for her loving spirit, sage advice, open arms, compassion, wit, hugs, homemade cookies, as well as a place of refuge for anyone in need — we often referred to her home as a half-way house. She had a way of touching everyone she knew.
Her journey ended on Dec. 16, 2019 in her home surrounded by family. She will be missed but never forgotten.
Services will be held 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 30, 2019 starting with a visitation at Wallin Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. at Maple Leaf Cemetery. A celebration of life service will follow at 3 p.m. at Church on the Rock in Oak Harbor.