Connie Jo Martin

February 1, 1951February 13, 2014
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Born to Arnold and Thelma Aaenson on February 1, 1951 in Minot, ND, passed away on February 13, 2014. Connie dedicated her life to serving others, starting with her family and career. After waitressing 40+ years, she started a business caring for and educating children through Montessori teaching. Connie is survived by her husband of 35 years, Rex; daughter Shauna Costello (John) and children Colbi, Skylar and Jonah; son Shane Martin (Kelli); son Greg Martin (Nancy) and children Kendall and Lauren and daughter Jurene Slick (Gary) and children Erica, Beverly and Robby.

A funeral service and viewing will be held on Wednesday, February 26th at 1:00 pm at The City Church 4221 228th Ave SE, Issaquah, WA followed by a reception at Beaver Lake Lodge in Sammamish at 25101 SE 24th Street, Sammamish, Washington 98075. For more information please see

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November 22, 2014

I am in absolute shock. Just learned of this Monday at the Issaquah Eagles so I had to confirm the very sad news. You will always have a special place in my heart & life. Without you & Rex, I would not be who I am today, still living in beautiful WA. With love.

Jamie Marquez

April 3, 2014

Dear beautiful Connie,

Your smile was very contagious and your laugh was music to our ears! I know you are in heaven dancing with angels and everyone around you has a smile on their face! You are so missed by your loved ones, your absence is painful and I pray your loved ones are comforted by God and you during the sad times! You may be gone from earth BUT YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN! RIP BEAUTIFUL ANGEL CONNIE!! Forever in our hearts, Ed and Jamie Marquez

Michael McFadden

March 4, 2014

The family really presented a fitting, loving memorial service. Connie must be so happy and proud of all of you. Although I hadn't seen her in many years, listening to the stories and tributes made it seem as if it had only been a short period of time. So nice to see and hear how many people she touched and that she never lost her core values. She was so committed and loving to her younger brothers Steven and Monty and it prepared her for parenthood where she did an amazing job. I had the pleasure of playing guitar while she sang back in the day and was overjoyed to hear her grandchildren sing for her. I still remember when she sang "I Believe" at a church service and had the whole congregation in tears. May the Lord bless you and keep you and bring you peace in the months and years to come.

Cora Mae Shipman

March 2, 2014

Connie, we will miss you at the reunion this coming July. I will always remember the day you went to Heaven because it was 8 years before on February 13 that Shane went to Heaven, so please give him a big hug for me. You called me a couple of weeks later and were so understanding of my grief. Love you.

jared aaenson

February 28, 2014

Hi aunt Connie, I just want to thank you for just being you. You were always so sweet to me and my family. We love you so much. I'm a little jealous that you get to hold my baby Angel up in heaven. I know that your just spoiling her with your love. I wish that I could of spent a lot of more time with you and the rest of the family. That's a big regreat that I have. Well I love you so much.oxoxo

Angie & Autumn Spence

February 27, 2014

What a true, honest, comforting and warm heart Connie always had. Thank you for spending your time reading and sharing moments with my little girl. You will always be "Connie the book lady" to my daughter! :-) May you be at peace and know that you will always be missed!

Shane Martin

February 27, 2014

Dear Mom;
Not a minute goes by since you've passed that I don't still hear your voice, that I can't still feel your touch. I know you're out of pain, and I'm so thankful for that but a lot of pain has been left behind. I Love and miss you so much. Dad Sais you're up in heaven teaching the Angles how to dance, I just hope it's your very one of a kind 4th of July dances.
You've touched so many lives, you're Love and selflessness you showed to every single person ever entered your life feel like they were the center of your Universe. You have so many qualities that made such an imprint on my life as well as everyone's life you touched. You're soul was so precious and unique and left such an impression on all of us.
I can remember so vividly lying in your lap on our road and camping trips growing up, when you would sing me to sleep with your beautiful, beautiful voice; I can still hear your words .
Another fond memory: You would always let me start your car before went places to warm it up which was an automatic and one day before a baseball game, we had Dad's car for some reason which was a stick shift. I went to start it and drove it completely through the garage…… I turned it over and it slowly chugged all the way thru the garage door and I just couldn't reach the brakes….(Yeah laugh it up) I was so scared dad was going to kill me but I never heard a single word about it you took all the heat.
Or when I was in the Marine Corps stationed overseas both on ship and on land she would send me letters and care packages of wheat thins and pepperoni among other loving notes and items. She let me know everyday how much she missed me.
Her love and generosity did not stop with me. It flowed forever constant into her growing family(Nieces, Nephews, Grandkids, and New In-Laws.)
Some say you are the glue to this family, I view you as the centerpiece to this family which helps keep us glued…….
I couldn't have asked for better parents or a better upbringing the love was always there and so enormous. I miss you very much momma.

Love always, your son Shaner…

Skylar Costello

February 27, 2014

I love you. I wish I had a better way to express myself because I am not so great with words or emotion. The thought of loosing you so soon in my life never crossed my mind. I knew, I always knew that someday you would pass and I would be faced with saying goodbye but I never imagined it would be so soon. I thought you would be there to see Jonah walk across the stage at his high-school and college graduation. I thought you would be there on my wedding day in the front row with Papa and I thought you would be there helping Mom and I when someday I give birth. I always dreamed about how amazing it would be to have a FOUR generation photo and I now will never know. I am so hurt and sad without you but I find comfort knowing you are in a better place with no pain and no suffering. I know you will watch over us all and I can honestly say I feel blessed to have you as an angel. I wish you could be here to hug me and love me. I miss calling you on my drive home from work and talking about my day. I already miss coming over to clean my car in your garage so I wouldn't freeze to death in the cold. I miss your weekly texts just to say I love you and how beautiful you thought I was. All the small things that once seemed so insignificant are now something I would give anything for. The pain in my heart will never stop and I will miss you forever. On my wedding day I will have your photo in a chair because you are truly one of the most important people in my life and no matter what I will see you on that day. You left a very strong impression on so many people and I only wish you could have known how much you meant to so many others. I love you whole heartily and I will make you proud with the woman I become. I promise to always live my life in your honor and to make an impact and to change people the way you did. You will forever be remembered and forever be loved and miss. RIP Grammy XOXO

Jurene Slick

February 27, 2014

So I have been at a loss for words still reeling from shock of the news. Connie no words can express who you were to me, you were my mom, grandma to my kids, and great grandma your love for your family ran so deep it was endless. I knew at anytime I could pick up the phone and share my heart and you would listen and the words "oh honey" will always ring through my head. You were always on my heart and in my prayers because I knew you were always in pain and anyone who struggles with chronic pain and migraines knows what a toll it takes on your body and your mind. I prayed that The Lord would heal you and you would be freed from it all...we will never have understanding of the why on this side of heaven but I know that The Lord loves you and you are His favorite. You walked the life of Jesus love everyday and anyone who crossed your path would feel that love. Connie I know you are in heaven and you have a new body and you are dancing and singing with The Lord most high! The day He took you up was the day heaven received another angel and once again in your newness you are His favorite!! I miss you so much and my heart is so broke because in my selfishness I will never see your sweet face, or hear your comforting words or watch you as you continue to pour out your love on your family. Know you will be a treasure in my heart but it's just not the same. Could you do me a favor and please tell Gary we miss him so much?? and you two behave yourselves up there...until I see you again please know that I love you so much and please watch over us our dear sweet angel!

jan davis-morgan

February 26, 2014

To the Martin and Aaenson families,
I so sorry for your loss. Connie was a blessing and a joy. She had a fun I .will miss her.
Bob sends his condolencess
Jan Davis-Morgan (East Wenatchee, WA)