Ella Ovidia Mathison Martens, of Mora, died peacefully on Monday, June 10, 2019 at St. Clare’s Rehabilitation Center in Mora. She was 84 years old.

She and her twin sister, Ellen, were born on Dec. 21, 1934 at home in Knife Lake Township in Mora to Ivar and Charlotte (Olson) Mathison.  She was baptized and confirmed into the Christian faith at Calvary Lutheran Church in Mora.

She attended Hamilton School through the eighth grade and graduated from Mora High School in 1952.  On June 19, 1954, she was united in marriage to her life-long partner, Gary Martens, at Calvary Lutheran Church.  From this union they were blessed with three children Caroline, Gregory and Richard.  From 1957 to 1959, she lived in Fort Bragg, South Carolina, where she joined her husband who had enlisted in the United States Army.  Upon her husband’s discharge from the Army, the couple returned to Mora where she served as the Calvary Lutheran Church’s secretary.  In 1965, the couple moved to the Martens’ family farm when her husband and his brother, Don, established the Martens Brothers Dairy operation.  In addition to raising a family, she worked at the Kanabec County Extension Office in Mora and later the Kanabec State Bank.

The expansion of the library at Calvary Lutheran Church was one of her favorite projects, along with sewing, gardening, needle working, quilting, knitting and traveling.  She volunteered at numerous projects and organizations and was known as a kind, caring and loving person to her family, many friends and acquaintances.  She showed unconditional love towards everyone.  

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Gary; daughter in infancy Caroline, and son Gregory; brothers, Kenneth and Stanley Mathison; sisters, Marie Peterson, Irene Workman and Leona Lancrain.    

She is survived by her son Richard (Janet) Martens; grandchildren, Ryan (Sarah) Martens and Randi (Eric) Martens - Goeppinger); great-grandchildren, Keira Jo-Lynn, Jordan Dean, Ella Therese, Addison Paige and Elin Piper Martens;  daughter-in-law Sandy (Steve) Bankers; sisters, Ellen (Robert) Regan and Beatta Hillman; brother-in-law Donald (Lenore) Martens of Mora; sisters-in-law, Lois Mathison, Delores Mathison and Nancy Holzkamp; as well as many nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.

A celebration of life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 20, 2019, at Calvary Lutheran Church, Mora with Rev. Dean Oelfke officiating. Music was provided by Kerry Long and the Bell Choir.  In lieu of flowers, please follow Ella’s legacy of giving, by offering a random act of kindness without taking anything in return to spread unconditional love.  Arrangements were handled by the Akkerman – Ingebrand Funeral Home of Mora.  Condolences may be posted at www.aifuneralhome.com.


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