Carmalita "Carmy" E. Martin
August 26, 1932 – November 11, 2020
Carmalita "Carmy" E. Martin, 88, of Blaine MN
On the evening of November 11, 2020, another soul enter God’s kingdom and Covid-19 stole another family’s loved one.
Carmy is survived by son Shawn Martin of Andover, MN; daughter Kelly Boyer (Chris) of Blaine, MN; daughter Jennifer Norquist (Ben) of Baxter, MN; Grandsons Jack Norquist, Luke Norquist and Reed Norquist; Granddaughter Bailey Boyer; step grandson C.J. Boyer; great-grandson Tyler Boyer; sister Cordelia Alfaro of Nagog Woods, MA; brother-in-law Bill Cress of Hastings, MN, and many much-loved cousins, nieces, nephews and close friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years Bill Martin; parents Frank and Blanche Kuhn; brother Peter and wife Ginger; sister Becky and husband Mike; sister Myrna; sister-in-law Ardith and husband Wally; brother-in-law Duane and wife Earline; and brother-in-law Lee and wife Sybil.
Carmy was born in the Village of Forest, WI, on August 26, 1932, on her grandparents Herman and Anna Kuhn’s farm. She was the first of 5 children--four girls and a boy. She grew up in the Forest area and graduated from Clear Lake High School in WI.
After graduation, she moved to St. Paul, MN, and worked as a key punch operator for Brown and Bigalow. Eventually she met and married her roommate’s cousin, Bill, in 1954. In 1956, they bought a brand new Orin Thompson home on Larch Street in Coon Rapids, MN, which is where they raised their three children. Carmy was a homemaker but found ways to supplement the family’s income. She was one of the area’s most successful Avon salespeople (back in the days when sales representatives carried their cases door-to-door).
Carmy worked as a volunteer and eventual employee for Camp Fire Girls, Inc. She ran their annual candy and magazine sales in the winter and was director of their day camp, Camp Tawanki, in the summer. She was also group leader for both her daughters.
For many years, Bill and Carmy spent their summer weekends camping at Shady River Campground in Big Lake, MN. After Bill’s death in 1999, Carmy started traveling. She travelled to many countries (including Norway, Russia, China and Israel) and also enjoyed several US bus tours.
Carmy’s hands were never idle. She was a talented needle worker and won several ribbons for her beautiful crochet work. Carmy was also a life-long ardent reader who enjoyed discussing and sharing her beloved books with all those around her.
She was a charter member of Peace Lutheran Church in Coon Rapids and attended for 60 years. Members grew accustomed to seeing her in the up-front pews. At coffee time before and after service, they often enjoyed her quick wit and occasional sassiness. She was a frequent church volunteer, helping wherever a strong, organized woman was needed.
Carmy lived a very full, active life and made the best of her 88 years. She loved spending time with friends, adored her four grandchildren, gave wonderful lives to several pets, and enjoyed classical music, live theater, film and the occasional baseball game. She lived her life to the fullest and will be so sorely missed by the many she touched.
The family is having a private graveside service. A funeral at Peace Lutheran Church will be held at a later date. The family wishes to thank the compassionate end-of-life care given by the professionals at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids, MN.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Carmalita "Carmy" E. Martin
Betty (Larson) Jesso
November 23, 2020
Kelly, Shawn & Jennifer – I’m so very sorry to hear about your mom! Living next door to you in Coon Rapids for so many years made me feel like I was part of the Martin family and I had three additional siblings. The things Carmy put up with from all of “the kids” in the neighborhood makes me shake my head. The best, or possibly the worst depending on one’s perspective, had to be your mom’s new Corelle dinnerware…
I enjoyed many a camping trip at Wapiti Park in Elk River too. Who can forget her crocheted beer or pop can hats/caps when they were the fashion rage? There was always some sort of craft going on when she wasn’t busy selling Avon or mentoring her many Campfire Girls.
My sympathy to you and your families. It’s hard to lose a parent and it’s so unfair that Covid-19 took your mom away from all of you.
Andrea Melberg Thompson
November 17, 2020
Once, and ONLY ONCE, I sat in Carmy 's pew at church. Her legacy at Peace will live on, to be sure. Sending thoughts and prayers to Carmy's family.
November 15, 2020
I joined Camp Fire Girls in elementary school and Carmy was our leader. Our gatherings were always fun and, without even realizing it, we learned many things: cooking, crocheting, surviving in the woods, and navigating our world. Carmy knew what she was doing. Most importantly, Carmy taught us that giving service was something you did.
As I grew older I began to see who Carmy was. She was someone with an unbelievable wealth of knowledge (due to all the reading she did). Carmy was confident and loving. She had a strong sense of fairness and could make people laugh. She was inspiring to me.
Eventually I became a mother and hopefully passed things down to my kids that Carmy had taught me. Carmy became a grandmother and I saw how much she loved her grandchildren. I now have grandchildren of my own and a bit of Carmy will live on in them as well.
Carmy was one of my rocks and I was not ready for this moment.
She is a great example of how to live and I will continue to aspire to her. I am thankful for her life and thankful that I was able to connect with her in February and reminisce about our younger years together.
November 15, 2020
So glad we had this time together in January, 2019 now that Aunt Carmy and my Mom are no longer with us.