Rosalie Esther Martin

Born: Fri., May 4, 1923
Died: Sun., May 30, 2010

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Rosalie E. Martin - a resident of Pendleton, passed away on Sunday, May 30, 2010 at a local nursing facility. She was 87 years old. She had also been known as Rosalie E.; Safford, Jones, Smith and Anderson. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Thursday, June 17, 2010, at the First Christian Church in Pendleton. Friends and family are invited to say so long to a wonderful woman. Sign the online guestbook or send condolences at Burns Mortuary handled arrangements. Esther was born on May 4, 1923 to Cecelia Kuick and Joseph E. Spitzer. She never knew just where she was born, but she was baptized in Melrose, MN. When she was 8 years old the family moved from Minot, North Dakota, by covered wagon to Everett Washington, where she worked as a welder in the shipyards. She worked hard to keep her family together. She received her GED and worked at Boeing Aircraft as a riveter in both Seattle, WA, and Everett, WA plants. She moved to Pilot Rock, Oregon, in 1969 where she worked at Fleetwood Travel Trailers for many years. She moved to Pendleton in 2002. She is survived by her daughters; Jean Tomlinson of Arlington, WA, and Vicki L. Fox of Pendleton, OR, sons; Darrell D. Smith of Pendleton, OR, Patrick M. Smith of Milton-Freewater, OR, Michael L. Smith of Kearns, UT, 17 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert Martin and a son William Anderson.

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Desiree Rose Welvaert
   Posted Sat August 23, 2014
My Granny Rose, was a special person, whom I was very close to.
I am her namesake. I am putting together my family tree, and I was saddened to see that nothing was written on her condolence page.
"Rosie the Riveter" as she was called, came to my home to stay with me a couple times after I was a married mother of two children. I drove her back to Oregon in my Truck. I made the long journey back and forth a few times, and camped out with my Uncles and Cousins. I was saddened when I was told that she died and I had not been told about her death until a year later. I loved my Grandma! Still do.
She hunted, fished, worked the land, collected rocks and tumbled them into beautiful pieces that she made jewelry out of. Grandma skinned snaked and made hat bands! Getting a sense of who she was? Tough as nails, yet there are pictures floating around of Granny Rose wearing daring outfits that shocked folks of her time! Leopard prints so tight I don't think she sat down while wearing them! Wigs! High heels! Her voice was load and raspy, I have inherited it. It reminds me that I am a part of Granny Rose. I also make jewelry, work my land,collect rocks, fish...and am louder than people want me to be. I come by it honestly. RIP Grandma, see you in Paradise, where we will run around laughing like school girls, looking for pretty rocks! Love, Desiree Rose

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