Obituary: Frances Martin


Editor's Note: Obituaries are based on information provided by families and mortuaries.

Frances Sylvia Martin, a Menlo Park resident from 1963 to 1999, died Feb. 19 of multiple myeloma. A celebration of her life was held Feb. 27 at her home in Philo. She was 71.

Ms. Martin was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and raised in Argentina and Uruguay. She attended high school at St. Swithun's in Winchester, England.

In 1961 she moved to Washington, D.C., to work as a bilingual secretary for the International Monetary Fund. She was married in Washington to Frederick Martin and the couple moved to Menlo Park, where they raised their three children.

Ms. Martin worked as a legal secretary, then as an administrative assistant at Stanford University. After retiring, she returned to school and earned a bachelor's degree in development studies from UC Berkeley. In 1999 the Martins moved to Philo in Anderson Valley.

In 2007 she published the diaries of her great aunt, Eunice G. Murray, a Scottish suffragist, which she had transcribed.

Surviving members of Ms. Martin's family are her husband, Fred, daughters Stephanie and Fiona, and two grandchildren. Her son, Geoffrey, died in 1999.

The family prefers donations to the Anderson Valley Health Center.

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