F. Eileen Martin
F. Eileen Martin
  • February 8, 1918 - May 6, 2016
  • Derry, New Hampshire

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F. Eileen Martin, 98, passed away peacefully on May 6, 2016, at Aurora Senior Living, Derry, NH after a period of declining health. The eldest of five, she was born February 8, 1918 in Natick, MA to Raymond and Florence (Mahaney) McCarty. In her youth, she and her family would participate in reunions with songs, story-telling and poem recitations. She graduated in 1936 from Natick High School.

Eileen spent her early married years with her husband, William (Bill) R. Martin in Concord, MA. They raised their four children in Concord and summered at their lake house in Meredith, NH on Lake Waukewan. Eileen's love for theater and dance provided many years of joy. She performed in productions by the Concord Players and loved the thrill of being on stage.

When Bill retired, they spent several years yachting from the Fort Lauderdale, FL area. They finally settled in Sarasota and later, Bradenton FL. Following her husband's death in 1990, she returned to be closer to her family and lived for many years in Weare, NH on Lake Horace. There she cooked lavish meals for frequent family get-togethers and no one left hungry.

Her love for politics led her to volunteer for various campaigns and she was known everywhere in town for voicing her opinions and trying to win converts to her side of the political aisle. She was not one to shy away from a debate.

Eileen is survived by daughters Carol Martin Paquette and her husband, Jack, of Weare, NH, Rae Martin Emmett and her husband, Dan, of Santa Monica, CA, and son William (Bill) R. Martin, Jr. and his wife, Elaine, of Townsend, MA. She was predeceased by her daughter Judith Douglass in 1981. She is survived by a sister, Mary Roelke, Framingham, MA. She leaves 15 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A private memorial is being planned for a later date. The McHugh Funeral Home has been entrusted by the family with her care.