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Katie Martens

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Deaths-Katie-MartensKatie’s family immigrated to Canada in 1926, arriving in Greenland, Man., and settling in Agassiz, B.C., in 1928. In 1934, they moved to Abbotsford, B.C., where her father built a cabin out of railroad ties a logging company left behind. The exertion of carrying water over the hill from the neighbour’s farm prevented Katie from appreciating the view. Schooling was regularly interrupted by the need to help harvest local crops. After graduating from Prairie Bible Institute, Three Hills, Alta., Katie completed 4 years of high school in 1. She attended normal school, and taught in Vanderhoof, B.C., for 1 year. Gospel Missionary Union called Katie to teach missionary children in Ecuador. After 11 years in South America, she taught 16 years in Kelowna, B.C. In retirement, Katie enjoyed gardening. She looked after her mother for 3 years. At Clearbrook MB Church, Abbotsford, B.C., Katie sang in choirs, helped in the library, and served as funeral treasurer. Despite poor health in her final years, she lived independently and delivered weekly meals to her wheelchair-bound neighbour.

  • Birth: October 16, 1921
  • Birthplace:
    Samara, Russia
  • Death: August 1, 2013
  • Parents:
    Jacob & Anna (Duerksen) Martens
  • Family:
    sisters Maria, Agnes (Harold) May; 3 nieces
  • Baptism:
    South Abbotsford (B.C.) MB, July 3, 1938