Martha Page White


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South Paris - Martha Page White, 76, died on July 22, at Market Square Health Care in South Paris, Maine. Born in Lewiston on July 30, 1942, she was the daughter of Nelson L. and Delia W. Page.
After graduating from Bridgton High School, she attended Rollins College in Florida where she received a B. A. degree in 1964. She subsequently earned a M. Ed. From the University of Maine in Orono in 1990. Martha taught English for 22 years at Dexter Regional High School and was also coach of the Dexter Regional High School golf team for 14 years.
Martha was one of Maine's foremost golfers. At age fifteen, she made her way to the finals of the very first Women's Maine State Golf Championship in which she competed. A year later in 1958, she captured her first state championship title. In 1959 she competed in the USGA National Junior competition where she was defeated in the quarter finals of match play by the eventual tourney winner. She was crowned New England Junior champion that same year. The following year she won the first of thirteen state titles. This remarkable skein included a six year run through 1963 and later championships in 1971, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1984, 1992, and 1994. She is the only woman to have won this title of a period of five decades. She also captured several WMSGA Senior titles and won the President's Cup in 1998 and 2001. In 2016, she received the Abby Spector Award for contributing to the game and upholding the spirit of the traditions of golf.
She was inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame in 1980 and into the Lewiston-Auburn Hall of Fame in 1988. She was the first woman inducted into the Maine Golf Hall of Fame in 1993. Additionally, she served as state handicapper in the late 1950s and as junior chairwoman in the late 1990s for the Women's Maine State Golf Association. She volunteered for several summers at the New England Golf Academy in Belgrade and for the LPGA Girls' Golf Club of Hermon.
Survivors include a son, Chandler W. White of Auburn, and a daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer P. and Shawn Graham of Fort Kent; a sister Pennie P. Cummings and brother-in-law Paul H. Cummings of Wayne; a niece Lisa Kramer and husband Erik of Scarborough and a nephew Scott Cummings of Miami Beach.
At Martha's request, there will be no funeral visitation. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at Sacred Heart Church in Auburn 10 a.m. Friday July 26, 2019. A committal service will follow at the Mount Auburn Cemetery.
Donations in her memory may be made to the MSGA Scholarship Fund.
Arrangements are under the care of the Fortin Group Funeral Home.
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Neila Nelke
Jul 27, 2019
Remember playing with both Martha in golf tournaments. Lovely lady to know and follow. I was informed of her passing as I was playing in the Women's Maine Championship. Very sad a loss to the golfing world. Bet she is playing her super game now. So sorry.
Lynda & Tom Crowley
Jul 26, 2019
We share your profound sadness at the loss of Martha's bright spirit in this world. What a gracious and lovely woman, who will be sorely missed. She leaves an incredible legacy in her impact on the golfing community and in her fabulous family and many friends. We send much love and healing hugs to all the Whites and Cummings.
Susan Abel
Jul 25, 2019
Martha brought sophistication and grace to Dexter Regional High School. She was always kind to students and staff. It was a privilege to work with Martha. My sympathy to her family and to all who loved her.
Heather Swan Doherty
Jul 25, 2019
I had the honor and privilege of having Mrs White as my high school golf coach. She was a wonderful mentor and teacher. When you think of a class act, you think of Mrs White. Being the only girl on a team full of boys Mrs White always made sure I fit in and got special golf and life advice. I still remember one of her famous lines "It will play". With her teachings I was lucky enough to play collegiate golf at the University of New Hampshire. Thank you Mrs White for everything. I think of you often when I am playing golf, and now teaching my twin sons to play golf. I know you are playing golf in heaven, playing on a beautiful course, and no doubt shooting under par. Picture attached... is the Dexter Regional High School Golf Team 1992, and Coach Martha White. My thoughts and prayers to her children and her sister.Read more
RoseAnna Stewart
Jul 25, 2019
She was such an amazing woman and teacher. She was my absolute favorite. When she came to my graduation party she gave me a copy of favorite book. Which i will cherish forever. Ill remember her for the rest of my life and the things she taught me. She will surely be missed.
Diana Krauss
Jul 25, 2019
I taught with Martha at DRHS. She was a fine colleague and good friend. I'm so sorry to her of her passing.
Keith Patterson
Jul 25, 2019
I am saddened to hear of Martha's passing. I send my Condolences to Penny and the entire family. I had the privilege to call Martha a golf partner for many years in the Maine State Mixed tournament and saw over and over again how great of a golfer she was. Beyond her many golf accomplishments, she was an even better person and friend. Always humble despite all of her accomplishments in Life. RIP Martha, you will be greatly missed.
Thea Davis
Jul 25, 2019
I'm am heart broken to hear of Martha's passing. I send my deepest condolences to Jennifer, Chad, Pennie and the entire family. I will always remember competing against Martha in golf events and usually coming up a little short. The times we played golf with Lori, Millie and Ann will always be remembered. The lunches after to discuss life and our rounds of the day will always have a special place in my heart. It's not the same since Martha moved and when I look out the clubhouse window you are not there on the putting green chipping and putting for hours always wanting to improve. RIP my dear golfing buddy, mentor and friend. I will think of you when I am on the golf course knowing yo...u will be smiling down. It's been an honor and a privilege to have had you in my life.Read more