Virginia Wheeler Martin

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Veazie and Hartland - Virginia Wheeler Martin, 91, formerly of Hartland, died peacefully at Ross Manor in Bangor, with family by her side on Monday, April 2, 2018. The last week of her life was filled with visits by family and friends who reminisced with her, reminding her of special memories.
She was born on December 27, 1926, in St. Albans, Maine, the daughter of Harold and Mabel (Wood) Wheeler. She married Selden J. Martin on June 26, 1946, and they shared 67 years together. She graduated from Hartland Academy in 1945. Before marrying Selden, she taught in a one room school house. Over the remaining years, she raised her family while running an egg farm, working at Northeast Shoe first stitching shoes, then working in the office. She then went to work for Hughes Insurance after getting her license. After moving to Florida, she studied to be a CNA and cared for Alzheimer's patients who loved her tender loving care.
Virginia was an avid homemaker who loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. During summers at camp on Moose Lake, she spent hours on the beach watching them swim, riding bikes, playing wiffle ball, and teaching her granddaughters to knit, crochet, and sew. She is remembered for baking special treats.
For the past ten years Virginia lived at Veazie Village Senior Housing. She made many friends, played cards, celebrated birthdays, and enjoyed visits with special friend, Ellie Nevers, and others.
She is survived by her children, Karoldene Barnes and her husband, Joseph, of Veazie, Dawn Madeiros and her husband, Dennis, of Ft. Myers, Florida, Shelley Drillen and her husband, Laughn, of Brewer, Selden Martin III (Jim) and his wife, Robin, of St Albans, Stephen Martin and his wife, Colleen, of Pittsfield, and Stanton Martin and his wife, Rachel, of Hartland; grandchildren, Erika Madeiros, Kellie Bresnahan and her husband, Brian, Ian Madeiros and his wife, Pochuen, Kory Martin and his fiancée, Amy Bennett, Bradley Martin and his fiancéem Gretchen Scholtz, Lon Drillen and his partner, Melissa Dodge, and Nicholas Martin and his wife, Nicole; her great-granddaughters, Claire, Piper and Fiona Bresnahan, and Lauren Lancaster and Carli Martin; her great-grandsons, Blake and Tyler Madeiros, and Breckyn Martin; her siblings, Pauline Jewell and her husband, Folsom, Ethelyn Parker and her husband, Henry, and Ramona Ross and her husband, Roger; and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her loving husband, Selden J. Martin; and her siblings, Maynard Wheeler, Gerald Wheeler, Linwood Wheeler, and Agnes Wheeler.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 2, 2018, at the Grace Linn Memorial United Methodist Church in Hartland, officiated by Pastor Jim Boughman. A luncheon will follow and all are welcome.
Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association of Maine, 383 US Route 1, Suite 2C, Scarborough, Maine 04074.
To leave a message of kindness for the family, please visit www.shoreynichols.com.
Care has been provided by Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, Pittsfield.
Published on April 5, 2018
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