Bertha Ann Martin (nee Miles), a lifelong resident of Ellicott City, MD, passed away peacefully on May 22, 2023, after a brief illness. Born on April 7, 1930, to Ernest G. Miles and Anna E. (Bassler) Miles, Bertha was a beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was known for her kindness, spirited nature, and wisdom.
Bertha was predeceased by her husband, Stanley D. (Buddy) Martin, and her brothers, Gene Miles, and Frankie Miles. She is survived by her brother, John F. Miles (Deborah), son, Donald W. Martin (Vivienne), daughters Debra E. Lutz (Edward), and Karen A. Puls (Michael), as well as her seven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
A proud graduate of Ellicott City High School in 1946, Bertha began her career as a beautician on Main Street in Ellicott City. She later moved on to work at the Ellicott City Post Office, the Howard County Finance Department, in the Property Tax Division. After many years of dedicated service, Bertha retired, only to discover her love for working and returned to the workforce at the Howard County Credit Union.
Throughout her life, Bertha maintained a strong connection to her community and was always delighted to run into familiar faces wherever she went. Her interests were diverse and included traveling, with a memorable trip to Austria being a highlight. Bertha was an avid fan of dancing, bowling, table tennis, PGA golf, and the Capitals. She also enjoyed playing cards, Tripoli, and going out for ice cream and steamed crabs.
Bertha's faith was an essential part of her life, and she looked forward to attending Sunday church services. She cherished her weekly breakfasts with extended family, the annual cousins' luncheon, and visits from her dear friends. Bertha's love for her family was evident in the joy she took in doting on her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A lover of nature, Bertha enjoyed trips to Ocean City, feeding and watching the birds, and spending time with family and friends. Her kindness, spirited nature, and wisdom will be remembered by all who knew and loved her.
Bertha Ann Martin's life was a testament to the power of community, love, and dedication. She leaves behind a legacy that will continue to inspire and uplift those who were fortunate enough to know her.
A Private Graveside Service will be held for the immediate family and a Celebration of Life Memorial will be held in early July, details to come. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Music Ministry at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Ellicott City.
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