Hope Martin

Hope Martin, age 91, passed away at her home in Burlington on Wed., July 6, 2011.

Hope was born on Oct. 12, 1919, in Port Angeles, Wash., to Arthur and Florence (Ames) Hassell, and was raised in Port Angeles from the age of 9 by Don and Lela Taggart.

From 1938 to 1943, she lived in Seward and Ketchikan, Alaska, where she and Harry Martin were married in 1939 while Harry was in the Coast Guard. They settled in Rockport at the Martin Ranch in 1944, moving to Marblemount in 1951, milling the wood to build their house. Hope moved to Sedro-Woolley in 1985.

She worked at The Log House Inn 15 years, co-owned and operated Martin Brothers Logging Co. for 40 years with her husband and Jay Martin, and co-owned the Totem Trail Restaurant and Lounge in Rockport for 6 years.

She was a member of Marblemount Community Club Association, Marblemount PTA, and Marblemount Orthopedic Association, and was a leader for 4-H, Cub Scouts, and Campfire Girls. She enjoyed cooking, growing flowers, and fostering anyone who needed help, caregiving, or a good meal. Even after retiring, Hope went to Dillon, Mont., with her granddaughter to help run the Stage Coach Inn Hunting Lodge for 3 years.

Hope is survived by her two sons, Rody Martin and his wife Vicki, and Randy Martin and wife Debbie, all of Marblemount; two daughters, Ronda Martin and her boyfriend Alan Hogan of Snohomish, and Roxy Larson and her husband Richard, of Burlington; two sisters, Florence Swanson and Harriett McEwan; and husband Jack, all of Port Angeles; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by two sisters and five brothers.

The family extends a special thanks to Skagit Valley Emergency and Hospital, Skagit Valley Hospice Care, and especially to Hope’s wonderful caregivers, Martina and Debbie. Mom loved you like one of her own.

A Celebration of Life Potluck was held at noon on Sat., July 16, 2011, at her home, 20065 Gina Marie Lane, Burlington. Guests were asked to wear purple.

Cremation arrangements were under the care of Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley. Share memories of Hope and sign the online guest register at www.lemleychapel.com.

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