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Ermadene W. Martin

Posted By Hall-Wynne On August 28, 2009 @ 12:00 am In Obituaries | No Comments

Ermadene Wilson Martin, 96, of Durham, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ August 28 at Carolina House in Cary. Born January 30, 1913, she grew up in Webb City, Missouri, the daughter of Samuel Leon and Clara Reed Wilson. She was preceded in death by her husband Raymond Leith Martin, sisters Veda Wilson McCullough and Loretta Wilson, and brothers, James Francis Wilson and Leon Alphonda Wilson.
Ermadene graduated from Webb City High School and the Joplin School of Law and Commerce before taking a temporary job at the Department of Agriculture in Washington, DC. She then accepted a permanent position at the Department of the Navy, serving as secretary to Under Secretary, James Vincent Forrestal.
She married insurance adjustor Raymond Martin of Unionville, VA on October 28, 1938, moving to Richmond, and then to Durham. She lived in Durham for fifty-five years. They were members of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church and founding members of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.
Ermadene worked for years as a medical secretary at Duke Hospital and the Veterans Administration Hospital, where she retired in 1975. During retirement she travelled across the country and to Europe several times on tours and with Elder Hostel. She also hosted and travelled abroad with Friendship Force International. She enjoyed classes at the Duke Institute for Learning in Retirement DILR – now Osher Lifelong Learning Institute OLLI. Ermadene delivered Meals on Wheels, participated in Duke Medical Center’s Host Home program, and was an active member of P.E.O., an educational and philanthropic organization
Surviving are children Raymond L. Martin, Jr. and wife Carol, of Cary, NC; Richard F. Martin and wife Mary Jim, of Key West, FL; and Martha Martin Chandler and husband John, of New Bern, NC. She will be greatly missed by grandchildren Raymond L. Martin III, Sean A. Martin, Sarah Martin Mauney, Cameron Michelle Martin, Kathryn Chandler Pink, and Margaret Chandler Cain, and her three great-grandchildren: Eleanor Jane Martin, Ethan Jacob Cain, and Mable Ember Cain.

The family deeply appreciates those who visited and cared for Ermadene through her illness, especially the staff at Carolina House of Cary and Hospice of Wake County.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Tuesday from St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 82 Kimberly Dr. Durham, with the Rev’d Robert Kaynor officiating. The family will receive friends from 1-2:00 PM Tuesday at church. Burial will follow in Maplewood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family memorials be made to St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church or Hospice of Wake County.


Condolences for the family of “Ermadene W. Martin”

Condolence from marguerite ward on August 31st, 2009 12:00 am
Condolence from Robert Terry on August 31st, 2009 12:00 am

Ermadene and my Mother Marion Perry worked together at the VA for many years and were both in the PEO. They also traveled to Europe together on a trip they both really enjoyed. Often I would look after her dogs Puddin’ and Spook when Ermadene traveled. I always thought she was a terrific lady!!

My Mother passed away in March, so I know what a difficult time this is. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with the entire Martin family during this time.

Condolence from Jean and Bill Losee on August 31st, 2009 12:00 am

We will miss a valiant lady. Ermadene was one of our very favorite people. She was always interested in the people and world around her. She loved the Lord and she loved her church. Rest in Peace, dear Ermadene.

Condolence from Patrice Patterson LeClerc on August 31st, 2009 12:00 am

Our family and the Martins really grew up together, and shared our parents. Ermadene was central to our lives, and later we became friends as adults as well.
She was delightful and interesting, and a solid community and church volunteer. I admired her so much.

Condolence from Yvonne Hensley on August 31st, 2009 12:00 am

Yvonne Hensley sends her sincere condolences to Ermadene’s family along with the following remarks: “Ermadene was a very dear person and friend to me for many years, a member of our DILR bridge group, and I have many wonderful memories of her.”

Condolence from Cameron Martin on August 31st, 2009 12:00 am

My memories of her are that of a remarkable lady and wonderful Grandmother. She was very intelligent and full of educational and interesting information that made me always listen to her. I loved that she took me to museums at such a young age and impressed upon me the culture of the United States and the heritage. That was so important to her. We went to museums in Durham, San Diego and Washington DC. Most impressive was her travels and the stories she told me about them. She sent letters from all over the world. I actually still have a letter from her about her travels in Egypt, saved in a box with a vintage Egyptian bracelet she brought back from Cairo and gave to me. It is much too delicate to wear, but I do look at it from time to time, and think of her traveling the world and hope that someday, I will be able to do the same. I loved spending summers with her at the house on Plymouth Rd. The bond that she and I shared was quite unique, it was always just the two of us and we both enjoyed dogs & cats, walks, antiques, music, National Geographic, clothes and so much more that I could go on and on. She was proper, formal, fun, stern, and humorous! She is the most inspiring person in my entire life and will be terribly missed.

Condolence from Cameron Martin on August 31st, 2009 12:00 am

My memories of her are that of a remarkable lady and wonderful Grandmother. She was very intelligent and full of educational and interesting information that made me always listen to her. I loved that she took me to museums at such a young age and impressed upon me the culture of the United States and the heritage. That was so important to her. We went to museums in Durham, San Diego and Washington DC. Most impressive was her travels and the stories she told me about them. She sent letters from all over the world. I actually still have a letter from her about her travels in Egypt, saved in a box with a vintage Egyptian bracelet she brought back from Cairo and gave to me. It is much too delicate to wear, but I do look at it from time to time, and think of her traveling the world and hope that someday, I will be able to do the same. I loved spending summers with her at the house on Plymouth Rd. The bond that she and I shared was quite unique, it was always just the two of us and we both enjoyed dogs & cats, walks, antiques, music, National Geographic, clothes and so much more that I could go on and on. She was proper, formal, fun, stern, and humorous! She is the most inspiring person in my entire life and will be terribly missed.

Condolence from Jennifer Salinger Duffy on September 1st, 2009 12:00 am

Ermadene was a dear close friend to me and my family. Her children and my sisters and I grew up closely together and shared fond memories of church youth group adventures. Ermadene took my children into her home and heart and was always a dear, dear friend to my Mother. What a lovely lady! She had a bending heart and love of people you rarely find anymore and I grieve for her family.

Condolence from Neil McMichael on September 1st, 2009 12:00 am

Dear Richard & Mary Jim,

So sorry to hear of your loss. Just reading about you mother Rich, it’s obvious she was quite a remarkable woman. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Neil

Condolence from Martha Inman Lorch Tootsie on September 3rd, 2009 12:00 am

What wonderful times we had at “Mrs Marfin’s” home during our college years and since. I have so many good memories of her caring and generous personality. My best to her family.

Condolence from John and Dottie Millward on September 3rd, 2009 12:00 am

We were sad to hear of your Mother’s passing. What a wonderfully full and purposeful life she led. Heartfelt condolences to you and your family.

John and Dottie

Condolence from Angelika Langen on September 5th, 2009 12:00 am

I am currently in Toronto but my thoughts and prayers are will all of you at this time. I am grateful to have had a lovely visit with her in July at a time when we reminisced about our times together. Ermadene will be missed.

Condolence from Alice Viser Hill on September 14th, 2009 12:00 am

Martha, Peg had been keeping me updated on your Mom and I was sad to get the news of her passing. I know how hard it is to lose the opportunity for future memories with her and am holding you in prayer for comfort. I hope each day gets better and better…

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