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OBITUARY

Mary Ellen Martinet

March 13, 1960February 9, 2020
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Mary Ellen Martinet, age 59, passed away on February 9, 2020 in Aldie, VA. Mary Ellen was born March 13, 1960, in Montebello, California and resided in California where she became a graduate of California State University – Fullerton with a B.A. in Business Administration before moving to Virginia.

Marry Ellen is pre-deceased by her mother, Mercedes Martinet Munguie. She is survived by her father, Robert Martinet; brothers: Robert (Marina) Martinet, Alphonso (Michelle) Martinet, and Eugene (Margo) Edward Martinet; nieces: Emerald Mercedes Martinet, Maria Isabella Martinet, and Micaela Carolina Martinet; nephews: Robert Eugene Martinet, Christopher Arlen Martinet, and Joseph Humbert Martinet; her dearest friend from law school, Barni Rothman; her dear friend and colleague Jacqueline Nantier -Hopewell as well as her FEMA colleagues and family through the United States; and her two beloved Rag Doll Cats: Oliver and Precious.

Mary Ellen Martinet has been an attorney with the Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) since 1995 and was named Associate Chief Counsel for the Response and Recovery Legal Division (RRLD) in July 2010. RRLD provides legal counsel and support to the FEMA Office of Response and Recovery on Stafford Act disaster and emergency authorities. Ms. Martinet is also responsible for oversight of the FEMA Disaster Operations Legal Reference (DOLR). Prior to becoming the Associate Chief Counsel for RRLD, Ms Martinet served as the Associate Chief Counsel for Field Counsel (2007-2010) and was a senior field attorney for the Field Attorney Cadre.

Ms. Martinet served as the primary field attorney for the 1999 Hurricane Floyd Disaster, N.C.; the 2000 Cerro Grande Fires, NM; the 2001 World Trade Center Disaster NY; the 2002 Pacific Typhoons in Guam, CNMI, and FSM; the 2003 California Wildfires; and the 2005 Hurricane Katrina Disaster in Mississippi. Additional deployments include the 2003 Columbia Space Shuttle Emergency and the 2004 Florida Hurricanes. In all, Ms. Martinet has been deployed to over 50 disasters.

Honors and awards include 2001-2002 and 2006-2007 OCC Awards of Excellence, 2010 OCC Shirley Levy Award, 2011 Chief Counsel Award for Accessibility and Client Services, 2011 Administrators Team Award for Innovation 2013 and 2013 DHS Office of General Counsel Team Excellence Awards, 2016 FEMA Administrator Team Award; and the 2016 DHS Secretary Team Award for Meritorious Services for the Oglala Sioux Housing Mission. Before joining FEMA, Ms. Martinet worked for legal aid and immigrants’ rights groups in California. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law and is licensed in California.

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Services

29 February

Visitation

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Murphy Funeral Homes

4510 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22203

29 February

Memorial Service

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Murphy Funeral Homes

4510 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22203

29 February

Reception

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Murphy Funeral Homes

4510 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22203

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Mary Ellen Martinet

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Jan Kazmier

February 27, 2020

Mary Ellen dependably knew everything at FEMA and was always gracious. She trained me and a couple of others at the old Coliseum in MS after Hurricane Katrina, my intro to disaster law. RIP

Ji-Min Hong

February 24, 2020

Mary Ellen was a kind, caring, and wonderful person. I am so grateful I had the opportunity to work with her. She was smart and dedicated to FEMA's mission. While she made sure the mission was accomplished, she regularly checked on her staff and encouraged everyone to practice self-care. I will miss her smiles and her cupcakes that she brought to celebrate us all. I miss you already MEM.

Josie Arcurio

February 23, 2020

Mary Ellen led one of the first lawsuits against FEMA at CRLA when we met back in the 90s. She continued her passion as one of FEMA’s finest lawyers. Family was important to her. No need for words as you will never be forgotten. I will always cherish great memories of you in my heart. Selfless soul, loving, and kindness are what you leave behind. Rest In Peace.
Josie💕

Carmalla Coley

February 19, 2020

Mary Ellen Martinet -- I met you early in my FEMA entry and I always admired your quiet leadership. You demonstrated that leaders can lead with quiet encouragement and support. You might not have realized it, but you showed me, that the best place to work in FEMA is the "field." Even after I left OCC you never hesitated to respond to my emails and provide me insight. I thank you. It saddens me that you have transitioned, but as one of many lives you have touched - I am just one of many that will smile when I think of you.

Proverbs 27:9 ESV "Oil and perfume make the heart glad, and the sweetness of a friend comes from his earnest counsel."

Carlendra Frank

February 18, 2020

It was an honor to work with Mary Ellen, aka "MEM," in OCC. She was exemplary and inspirational, always going above and beyond in all that she did. She was a steadfast leader with a wealth of knowledge and a heart of gold, balancing interests of stakeholders in the response and recovery process. She was also a creative influence behind many an office celebration, and her homemade cupcakes where phenomenal. I send warm condolences to MEM's beloved family and loved ones during this difficult time - she often spoke of you all, and she loved you immensely.

Jean Hardin

February 14, 2020

Dear Mary Ellen: I will never forget when I chaired the Social Subcommittee for OATS 2018. I came in early on the first day (about 7:45 am--that's early for me) and you were busy making mini mozzarella capreses for the attendees. You were so happy about how pretty they looked. It amazed me how attentive you were to the little details and how earnestly you wanted to please those who see you as a leader. I loved working with you and listening to your ideas about how to make things better or a little nicer. Rest assured that you made the world a little nicer for a LOT of people, especially the rest of us in OCC. You remain in the hearts of all who knew you!

Joan Rave

February 14, 2020

Mary Ellen, heart and soul of the legal recovery mission - made a way whenever she could. She led quietly and thoughtfully with strength, wisdom, and dignity. Thank you for your service to disaster survivors, and to all of the people in FEMA who depended on you. Love and miss you. Joan R

Paul Conrad

February 14, 2020

Mary Ellen was a wonderful person— caring, kind, smart and dedicated to helping others. She was one of the most knowledgeable disaster law lawyers at FEMA. She was a friend to all who knew her. I consider myself very lucky to have gotten to know her and work with her while a FEMA Chief Counsel colleague. I was very sad to hear of her health issues and untimely demise.

Rest In Peace my friend and you will always be In my prayers!

Paul Conrad

Bill Carwile

February 13, 2020

Mary Ellen was a great and wise colleague and a treasured friend. She was with us on almost every major disaster and event for many years. Both as a Field Attorney and as a senior lawyer at Headquarters, she was always a full partner in providing assistance to survivors and communities in need. She was not only an insightful and highly intelligent attorney but a friend of those most impacted by incidents. She had an intellectual curiosity and more than a willingness to go the extra mile to find a way to "yes".

Bob Parker

February 13, 2020

Fare Winds and Following Seas, Boss

I miss you dearly

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