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. The family moved to Meridian, Idaho, in 1963 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, Idaho, at the time of her death.
Martha is survived by her children and their families, Suzanne (Mike) Revak and Keri, Kelley, Adam, Shawna and Stephanie of Fernley, Nev.; Deborah (Mark) Klein of Reno, Nev.; Stephen Pitkin of Long Beach, Calif.; Christopher Pitkin of Ketchum, Idaho; Mary (Larry) Ossenkop and John and Michelle of Boise, Idaho; James (Kimberly) Pitkin and Natalie, Nicholas, Scott and Garrett of Middleton, Idaho; Elizabeth Meyer and Casey, Jake and Danny of Caldwell, Idaho; 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.
She was preceded in death by two sisters and a brother in Lithuania; her parents, Peter and Marie; her daughter, Ramona; and husband, Donald.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Burns Cemetery. A luncheon will follow at the Holy Family Catholic Church Parish Hall.