Sarah MARTENS

MARTENS Sarah. Sarah Martens died September 2, 2012 at Abbotsford Regional Hospital after suffering a stroke eight days before. She was born October 18, 1913, the third of nine children, to Henry and Margaret (Klippenstein) Enns. Her birthplace was a tiny Mennonite village in Slavgorod Colony, Russia. In 1926 the family fled the growing tyranny of the Soviet Union, immigrating to Saskatchewan, where they lived a short time before moving to Yarrow, BC. The general poverty among immigrants of that time was such that Sarah never had a chance for education. Throughout her life, however, she was an avid and curious reader. As a child she worked side by side with adults in the enormous hop yards of the Fraser Valley. Later she worked for time as a housemaid in Chilliwack and Vancouver. Sarah married Jacob Martens July 30, 1938. From 1967 onward, the couple lived in Abbotsford. Their relationship was to endure through good times and bad until her beloved Jake died in 1984. Sarah was a strong woman who loved to socialize. She will be deeply missed. Sarah is survived by brothers Henry, John, Peter, George and by sister Anne Loewen; children Mel (Doreen), Robert, and Dolly (Bob) Peters; grandchildren Brian (Colleen) Peters, David Peters and Sarah Martens; and great grandchildren Kaeden and Jackson Peters. As per her wishes there will be no viewing. Burial Friday September 7th at 9:30 am at Mennonite Cemetery, followed by memorial service at 11:00 am at Bakerview MB Church. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her honour to the Mennonite Historical Society.


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