Mary Elizabeth Martin

Mary Elizabeth Martin

Mary Elizabeth Martin, 94, of Lititz, formerly of Stevens, passed away peacefully with family members by her side, on Tuesday, August 28, 2018, at United Zion Retirement Community.

She was born in West Earl Township on October 1, 1923 to the late William and Barbara (Musser) Burkhart and was the wife of the late I. Homer Martin who died in January 2017. They had shared 72 years of marriage.

Mary was a member of Mill Creek Community Church. She and her husband loved to travel and were in all of the states, except Alaska. They also traveled to Spain, Rome, Mexico and El Salvador. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, needlepoint, and cross stitch. She had also enjoyed being a Cocalico 4-H Leader.

She was a graduate of Ephrata H.S. Class of 44. Mary worked as a cafeteria worker for Cocalico High School, and had also worked at the Triple G. Store. She and her husband owned and operated a nut and dried fruit stand at Green Dragon for a number of years.

Mary is survived by 2 sons, Rev. Clyde L., husband of Sharon L. (Kilhefner) Martin of Akron, and Jay H., husband of Barbara (Engstrom) Martin of Waseca, MN; a daughter, Beverly J., wife of George Martin of Stevens; 8 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Sam Wenzel and John Burkhart, and a half-brother, Martin Burkhart.

A viewing will be held on Saturday, September 1st from 9 to 11 am at the Ephrata United Zion Church, 408 East Fulton Street, Ephrata. Funeral services will follow at 11:00 am. Interment will take place in the Groffdale Mennonite Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Mary's memory may be made to United Zion Retirement Community Benevolent Fund, 722 Furnace Hills Pike, Lititz, PA 17043-9502.

Arrangements by Roseboro Stradling Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc., Denver. Online condolences can be given at

Roseboro Stradling Funeral Home

533 Walnut Street
Denver, PA 17517