LaVerne Marie Martin

January 10, 1930 — December 16, 2019

LaVerne Marie Martin started her journey during a raging snow storm in South Dakota, Jan. 10, 1930, in Martin, S.D. 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 and even Japan where her oldest daughter was working. She finally settled in Oak Harbor in 1972. Her legacy of love will live on thru 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, ten 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 on Dec. 30, starting with a visitation at Wallin Funeral Home from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Graveside services will be held at Maple Leaf Cemetery at 1 p.m. A celebration of life service will follow at Church of the Rock in Oak Harbor at 3 p.m.

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