Georgia Elizabeth Martin (Betty) age 100 passed away peacefully Wednesday, March 31, 2021 in Pendleton, Oregon with family nearby. She was born to George and Pearl Challis on January 2, 1921 in Hermiston, Oregon, she was the oldest of seven children. Betty grew up during the depression and learned to be thrifty. She had a life long passion for living and eating healthy. She was a great cook and loved to bake. Her hobbies included gardening flowers and vegetables, canning, and watching birds especially in spring time. She also loved to read and had a huge collection of cookbooks. She enjoyed her family, siblings -- family reunions, travel, and serving in the community. She collected signatures to bring the first ambulance service to Pendleton. She served as Campfire girls leader in Pilot Rock, and in Pendleton Side Saddlers, White Eagle Grange, Pendleton Senior Center, and in the 2000's the Pilot Rock Lion's Club. Her last employment was Kerns Furniture Factory in Pilot Rock. In the words of our loving mother in 1990: '"I grew up in Hermiston and Stanfield area, graduated from Pendleton, and we raised our children on a farm in Pilot Rock. I worked in Pendleton during World War II at the Air Force Hospital and the railroad. I went on several bicycle trips, with six others from the AYH. We went to Canada in 1948, toured the Oregon coast in 1949, and Hawaii in 1950. Upon returning from Hawaii, I met George Martin and we were married in January 1951. In 1976, for our 25th anniversary, we traveled to South Africa for 21 days. We traveled to Alaska in 1983 and -- also traveled to Calgary, Canada and saw the big Circus parade in Wisconsin." Betty was preceded in death by her lifelong companion and husband George Henry Martin, son Charles, five siblings, and two grandsons. Survivors include daughters Marie Carroll (Robert), Sulton, Washington and Katherine Palmer, Pendleton, Oregon, eight grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren, one great-great granddaughter, brother Clarence Challis, and many nieces and nephews. Donations may be made to Pendleton or Pilot Rock Lions Club. Betty cherished the gift of sight.
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