Obituary of Mary-Ellen Martin
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The family of Mary-Ellen Martin is saddened to report her passing on July 11, 2023. Mary-Ellen was born in Hartford, Connecticut on December 6, 1935 to Leonard Dugmore and Florence Anderson; her brother, Richard Dugmore preceeded her in passing. Mary-Ellen is survived by her husband of 52 years, Chuck Martin of Clearlake Oaks, California; daughter, Kimberly Rapin and her husband, Phil of Redding, CA, son, Stephen Reilley and his wife, Joy of Payette, ID, daughter, Cristene Fairbanks and her husband, David of Jacksonville OR, and stepson Richard Martin and his wife, Nancy of Joshua Tree, CA; twelve grandchildren and eleven-great grandchildren scattered from Germany to Florida and clear to the West Coast. Mary-Ellen and Chuck moved to Clearlake Oaks in 1992 after Chuck retired from his career with the Department of Defense. After building their dream home in Clearlake Oaks Keys they spent thirty-two years of an active retirement. They traveled by motor home and travel-trailers, fished for Bass from their boat docked by their back door, and really enjoyed the fruits of their combined labor down in Southern California. Chuck is a classic car aficionado and has built multiple award-winning cars; the epitome of his effort was his 1967 Mustang convertible which has won several best of show awards in the 25 plus years it was entered into competition. Mary-Ellen and Chuck traveled extensively on the show circuit and shared many memorable experiences with some really enjoyable friends and characters with the same interests. Mary-Ellen will be dearly missed but will be long remembered for her smile and warm loving personality. The family is planning a gathering at a date to be determined.