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Edna Louise Martin

Edna Louise Martin passed away January 4, 2014. She was born December 1, 1915 in Stockett, Mont. the daughter of Ernst and Selma Thoman. She graduated summa cum laude from Willamette University in Salem, Ore. in 1940.

She married Robert M. Ramp in 1942 and the couple divorced in 1964. In 1967 she married Robert E. Martin in Eugene, Ore. They moved to Medford, Ore. in 1970 when he was named area engineer for the Rogue Basin Project for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He passed away in 1977 and she moved to Woodburn Senior Estates in 1986.

Mrs. Martin's career as a newspaper reporter and editor spanned 35 years, starting in 1946 at the Washington County News Times in Forest Grove, Ore. and continuing for the next 20 years at the Eugene Register Guard. Later, she was the Lifestyles editor for the Medford Mail Tribune, retiring in 1981. She served on the board of the Jackson County Chapter of the American Red Cross and on the Rogue Valley Art Association for many years in Medford.

Mrs. Martin was the recipient of the Quota Club Woman of the Year award in Eugene as well as other state and national awards for news stories and features. During the last three years as editor of the Lifestyles section, it was awarded first place by the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association.

As a reporter, Mrs. Martin had the privilege of meeting and interviewing many famous people including Pat Nixon, Elisabeth Kubler Ross, Dear Abby, James Beard, and Ed Asner.

Her stories about homefolks in Eugene and Medford found their way into cherished scrapbooks, historical records and even the Congressional Records. Features ranged from visiting a submarine to soaring in a balloon on a spring day in the Rogue Valley to being an extra in a national TV show.

Mrs. Martin is survived by four stepchildren and their families: Dr. Chris Martin of Salem, Ore.; Sheila Martin and Dr. Tom Martin of Portland, Ore.; and Mark Martin of Sebastopol, Calif. There are nine grandchildren and a niece, Lynda Thoman Moser, who lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

At her request, there will be no funeral services. Contributions may be made to Willamette University Scholarship Program or the charity of your choice.

Edna Louise Martin