SKOWHEGAN – E. Elizabeth Martin, 93, of Skowhegan, passed away Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013, at Woodlawn Nursing and Rehabilitation in Skowhegan. Elizabeth was born Sept. 18, 1919, in Millinocket, the daughter of Bert and Bessie (Tingley) Greenfield.
A graduate of Stearns High School and Presque Isle Normal School, Elizabeth went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in education from the University of Maine, Farmington. Sometime after the war, Elizabeth attended a dance in Madison where she met her future husband Kenneth Martin. Ken and Elizabeth were married in 1950 and moved to Skowhegan. They were married for 45 years until Ken’s passing in 1995. In 1952 their only child Susan was born. Elizabeth was an educator in the Millinocket school system and then the Skowhegan school system, where she was a kindergarten teacher with her close friend Betsy Hall. After her retirement from education in 1982 Elizabeth could be seen at the Bakery of Florence Stearns’ Candlelight Restaurant in downtown Skowhegan. Elizabeth was also the superintendent of the flower show at Karnes Pavilion at Skowhegan State Fair for 30 years. One of Elizabeth’s most favorite places was at Lakewood Theater on Lake Wesserunsett. Elizabeth was a founding member of Cornville Players where she was the house manager and ticket taker at Cornville Town Hall. When Cornville Players moved to Lakewood in 1985 Elizabeth was along for the ride. She was house manager at Lakewood Theater from 1985 until the mid 90s when she retired to the porch of Lakewood Inn. Patrons and guests would always love to stop and give her a big hug and kiss on their way into Sunday brunch. Elizabeth was active in the community, belonging to All Saints Episcopal Church and their Women’s Guild. She was a member of Veteran’s of Foreign Wars ladies auxiliary and was also a member of Abanaki Snowmobile Club and Lakewood Golf Club. Elizabeth had many hobbies over the years, including, snowmobiling, sewing, and calligraphy. Elizabeth had been to 49 states, only missing Hawaii. After a trip to Toronto in 2004 to see the Red Sox play, she became an avid fan of the game, staying up late to watch them play in her room at Redington Memorial Home.
Elizabeth is survived by her daughter, Susan Quinn and husband, Jeffrey, of Cornville; two grandchildren, Matthew Quinn and Katherine Quinn, both of Cornville; and close friends, George Merry of Smithfield and Lake Havasu City, Ariz., and Betsy Hall of Skowhegan. She also has her extended Lakewood family and friends too numerous to count. She is predeceased by her parents; husband, Ken; sister, Gertrude Greenfield; and special cousin, Nadine Boddy of Millinocket.
Viewing hours will be held 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at Smart and Edwards Funeral Home, 183 Madison Ave., Skowhegan. A funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Friday, April 5, at All Saints Episcopal Church, Malbons Mill Road, Skowhegan. Donations may be made in Elizabeth’s memory to All Saints Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 412, Skowhegan, ME 04976 or Lakewood Theatre, P.O. Box 331, Skowhegan, ME 04976.