- Died peacefully in Orono, Maine after a long illness.
Betty was born in Amherst, Maine at the Bragg family homestead, daughter of Levi J. Bragg., Jr. of Amherst and Thelma E. Bragg nee Foster from Mariaville. Betty attended schools in Amherst and Fairfield, and graduated with honors from Brewer High School. She lived in Amherst with her life-long love Paul J. Martin, Jr., whom she married in 1958.
She devoted herself enthusiastically to caring for her husband, raising her three children, building a house, gardening, cooking, sewing and genealogy.
Over the course of her life, she was employed variously at the Orrcutt's General Store in Amherst, Eastern Maine General Hospital in Bangor as a clerk, The Tucker Shoe Factory in Brewer, as custodian and substitute teacher at the McKinley School in Amherst, as a substitute at the Airline Community School in Aurora, raking blueberries, as proprietor of Betty's Bakeshop in Amherst, as a cook at Sandy's Valley High Restaurant in Amherst, as a cook at Ray's Drive-In in Amherst, as a wreath maker and wreath tip brush gatherer, and as a bookkeeper for Union River Telephone Company in Aurora.
She served the local community that she loved dearly in multiple capacities as a member of the School Board, Tax Collector for the Town of Amherst, as a 4H instructor, as a driver for the Eastern Maine Agency on Aging, as a hospice volunteer, as a founding member and president of the Amherst Historical Society as secretary of the Amherst-Aurora Congregational Church for many years and as a deacon of the church for 25 years.
Betty is remembered as a kind, sincere, intelligent person with a warm, engaging smile. Gentle, soft spoken and attentive, she made time for others and was always willing to lend an ear or hand, share a hug or a cup of coffee or tea or offer a compliment or helpful feedback as needs and opportunities presented themselves. She loved children and kept a watchful eye on the many neighborhood kids who stopped by to visit or partake of basketball and baseball games with her own. She cherished her relatives and was diligent about maintaining regular contact with them. She believed in The Golden Rule: She always treated others the way she wanted to be treated. She forgave freely. She will be missed by many.
Betty was predeceased by her parents, her younger sister Jean Gass, and her very beloved husband and partner of sixty-five years, Paul J. Martin., Jr., who died in July 2017. She is survived by her sons Donald J. Martin of Amherst, Ronald P. Martin of Amherst and Anthony L. Martin of Great Pond and their families, by grandchildren Amanda McDonald, Rebecca Martin, Donald (Joey) Martin, Jr., Katrina Nelson and Gretchen Nelson and their families, and great grand children Alyssa, Roland and Shawn McDonald, plus a great many cousins, nieces, nephews and in-laws.
She is also survived by lifelong friends and extended family who maintained contact and helped through the last years despite the difficulty: Barbara Fogg, Susie Cyr, Norman O'Halleran, Jr., Ada Hatch, Marlene Howard, James and Paula O'Halloran, Lorraine Griffin, Joan Martin, Janet Cammack, Edward and Margerie Foster, Mary Ann and Ed Healey, David MacDonald.
Details of any memorial event will be shared later.
Published on  January 10, 2018