My Mom left her body and returned to God this morning

Pat Martin 60th wedding anniversary Patricia or “Pat” was born July 5th, 1935 to second generation Canadian /Irish-English parents in Kimberley, B.C. Her father, Fred Botterill, was a “timberman” who did framing in the Sullivan Mine managed by the Cominco Company. Pat’s parents met at the mine when her mother, Eileen Patience, took a job in the cook house. When the company sponsored inter-city hockey teams for their employees, Fred Botterill went on, with his team, in 1937 to win the world cup for Canada. So Pat grew up in Kimberley and lived there for 28 years. She met her husband, J. Clare Martin, in high school. Clare had come with his parents and siblings from Southern Alberta. There was an attraction even as early as when they were both 14. Pat was the middle daughter in a family of three girls. Her parents never got their “son” Patrick. Yet, when Pat had her children, Carl, the older brother of his sisters, Daryl and Judy, was born, Carl was the only grandson among 9 granddaughters. Pat heard the good news about Jesus especially from her Aunt Elsie. They served with teen clubs in her grandparents’ and parents’ church home – Saint Andrews Presbyterian in Kimberley. Stained glass windows commemorate her mother’s parents’ – the Patience family’s financial contributions. She married young, but soon had to put her faith into practice as she waited for her new husband to understand and receive the gospel. When Clare did, God called him into service as a pastor / evangelist and soon they were off to Vancouver and then to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to learn theology and begin pastoring churches. Pat took domestic jobs to help pay the way. The Martins then returned to B.C. with their growing children (all born in Kimberley), who also learned the gospel in a Christian private school and in churches with some of the finest theologians of the eastern United States. Clare and Pat ended up serving in the Presbyterian Church in Nelson, B.C. Biblically untenable theology led them to leave the Presbyterian Church in Canada and to establish denominational ties with the PCA. They moved to Edmonton, Alberta to take a role in the former Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Synod when it prepared to join the newly formed Presbyterian Church of America in 1971. Pat worked as a Montessori school aid. They lived once again in the church “manse”. The children left home to start their own lives and in 1977 the Martins were asked to lead a PCA Eastern Canada Presbytery church mission in Kitchener /Waterloo in Ontario. This however ended in fruitless ministry both because of personal failure and church planting hardships. It was the greatest test of their lives to that point. They returned to be healed with the help of the young PCA churches in Calgary. Thus Covenant / Woodgreen became their church home at that point. In faithfully serving as a nurse’s aid into her 50’s Pat developed a career choice she had been trained for in her first year after high school by Sisters of Mercy in Cranbrook, B.C. Through this job and child care or elder care in private homes she was able to contribute financially to church development missions in French Quebec, where her daughter Daryl lived. She loved to make Asian immigrants feel at home in Calgary. Pat loved to sew, knit, and bake. She walked, cross country skied, swam pool lengths and skated. She chauffered people. She loved to read. Pat also lovingly stood by her husband until he was given Elder Emeritus status at Woodgreen on Feb. 20th, 2010. Pat passed through personal and family hardships as God tested her to show her that her faith could grow. It grew through skin cancer and through personal and church related struggles. It grew to be much bigger than her frail thin body, devoided of a colon in 2011, could contain. When she sang or danced, it was to God, when she prayed, it was in spirit and truth. As she died, she had her Saviour and older brother Jesus Christ near in his church to remind her that life is not bound by materials in space and time. Life goes on to receive the reward of the Father – a great reward which she now enjoys to the fullest because she cannot be bound by corruption, anxiety or tears. Pat tasted of the fruit of the Holy Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness and self-management) and that is what made her such a great prayer warrior – a support that carried her even through her dementia. Pat hated eulogies. So I will say what she would have said, “The living Christ, through a small but growing gift of faith and true sanity, used me to profoundly influence the lives of my fellow Christians, neighbours, children and grandchildren, and in places as far as the east is from the west. To God alone be the glory.” Pat’s body weakened and lost viability as she aged. She died at home to leave us for the New Earth where God will measure out his final rewards to his own dear posession, once and always in our hearts – our mother, mother-in-law, wife, sister, cousin, aunt, friend, sister-in-the-Lord, Grandma and Great Grandma. Patricia Ann Martin’s DNA could be detected in Carl Martin and his children: Krista and Matthew Martin; in Daryl (Zoellner) and her children: Sara (Ludwig), Kira (Boulé), Erin (Gretillat), Martin, Daniel and Andrea Zo e l l n e r and in Daryl’s grandchildren: Jürgen, Mathias, Thomas, Johan and baby Lu d w i g , Béatrice and William Boulé , Clara, Benjamin, Viviane and baby Gretillat ; Adrien and Olivier Zoellner; in Judy (Simmons) and her children: Christopher, Amy and Justin Si m m o n s . (not to mention in those to whom she donated blood ! Pat is survived by her older sister, Joan Sturrock in Edmonton , her aunts and uncles and cousins in the Botterill and Patience families, and nephews and nieces in the Ed Sturrock and Don Henry families. All the other people related by love, marriage, heavenly and earthly citizenship and contract are the icing on the cake ! We will remember Pat and cherish our photos of her. A memorial service will be held on Saturday June 6th 2015 at 1pm

at Woodgreen Presbyterian Church 12777 Candle Crescent S.W. Calgary, Alberta T2W 3B3 Her remains will be placed in the Kimberley Cemetery where her parents were buried.


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