Martha Marie Pitkin, 88, died April 15 in Meridian, Idaho, surrounded by her children.

Martha was born Jan. 26, 1924, in Burns to Lithuanian immigrants, Peter and Marie Kvekshas.

She was a woman who had a deep love of God, great humility, wisdom and gentle strength. She had a great sense of humor, enthusiasm for life and a tenacious spirit for finding the goodness and joy in people and life’s challenges. She had a great love for her family and friends, with dark chocolate and Mexican mochas following close behind!

Her life in the small town of Burns was filled with wonderful memories and friends. She attended St. Francis Academy in Baker for her high school years. She later worked at Edward Hines Lumber Mill in Hines before marrying Donald Eugene Pitkin on May 5, 1948. Martha and Don raised nine children. In 1963, the family moved to Meridian, where Martha and Don continued to reside and raise their family. She was born and raised Catholic and was a member of Holy Apostles Catholic Church in Meridian.

Martha was preceded in death by two sisters and a brother in Lithuania; her parents, Peter and Marie; her daughter, Ramona; and her husband, Donald.

She is survived by her children and their families, Suzanne (Mike) Revak of Fernley, Nev., and family Keri, Kelley, Adam, Shawna and Stephanie; Deborah (Mark) Klein of Reno, Nev.; Stephen Pitkin of Long Beach, Calif.; Christopher Pitkin of Ketchum, Idaho; Mary (Larry) Ossenkop of Boise, Idaho, and family John and Michelle; James (Kimberly) Pitkin of Middleton, Idaho, and family Natalie, Nicholas, Scott and Garrett; Elizabeth Meyer of Caldwell, Idaho, and family Casey, Jake and Danny; and Michael Pitkin of Meridian, Idaho; great-grandchildren, Kedrick and Gavin; sister-in-law, Norma (Greg) Thiel of Nyssa; and numerous nieces and nephews and their families.

Memorial contributions can be made to a favorite charity.

A Rosary Vigil was held April 20 at Holy Apostles Catholic Church. A Funeral Mass was held April 21 at Holy Apostles Catholic Church. Burial will be held at the Burns Cemetery in Burns at a later date. Services are under the direction of Accent Funeral Home, Meridian. Remembrances may be left for the family at:

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