AKKERMAN INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – MORA
Ella Martens, of Mora, passed away on Monday, June 10, 2019 at the St. Clare Living Community in Mora. She was 84 years old.
MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at the Calvary Lutheran Church in Mora with Rev. Dean Oelfke officiating.
MEMORIAL VISITATION will be held from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home; as well as one hour prior to the service on Thursday.
In lieu of flowers, Please follow Ella’s legacy of giving, by offering a random act of kindness without taking anything in return to spread unconditional love.
Ella Ovidia Mathison Martens, died peacefully at St. Clare’s Rehabilitation Center in Mora, Minnesota on Monday, June 10, 2019. She was 84 years old.
Ella and her twin sister, Ellen, were born on December 21, 1934 at home in Knife Lake Township in Mora, Minnesota to Ivar and Charlotte (Olson) Mathison. She was baptized and confirmed into the Christian faith at Calvary Lutheran church in Mora, Minnesota.
She attended Hamilton School through the eighth grade and graduated from Mora High School in 1952. On June 19, 1954, she was united in marriage to her life-long partner, Gary Martens, at Calvary Lutheran Church. From this union they were blessed with three children Caroline, Gregory, and Richard. From 1957 to 1959, Ella lived in Fort Bragg, South Carolina where she joined her husband who had enlisted in the United States Army. Upon Gary’s discharge from the Army, the couple returned to Mora where Ella served as the Calvary Lutheran Church’s secretary. In 1965, Gary and Ella moved to the Martens’ family farm when Gary and his brother, Don, established the Martens Brothers Dairy operation. In addition to raising a family, Ella worked at the Kanabec County Extension Office in Mora and later the Kanabec State Bank.
The expansion of the library at Calvary Lutheran Church was one of Ella’s favorite projects, along with sewing, gardening, needle working, quilting, knitting, and traveling. Ella volunteered at numerous projects and organizations and was known as a kind, caring and loving person to her family, many friends, and acquaintances. She showed unconditional love towards everyone.
Ella is preceded in death by her parents; husband Gary; daughter in infancy Caroline, and son Gregory; brothers, Kenneth and Stanley Mathison; sisters, Marie Peterson, Irene Workman and Leona Lancrain.
She is survived by her son Richard (Janet) Martens; grandchildren, Ryan (Sarah) Martens and Randi (Eric) Martens – Goeoppinger); great grandchildren, Keira Jo-Lynn, Jordan Dean, Ella Therese, Addison Paige, and Elin Piper Martens; daughter-in-law Sandy (Steve) Bankers; sisters, Ellen (Robert) Regan and Beatta Hillman; brother-in-law Donald (Lenore) Martens of Mora; sisters-in-law, Lois Mathison, Delores Mathison, and Nancy Holzkamp; as well as many nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends.