Stella was born on March 22, 1948 in Merritt BC to Helen and Earle Martin. She passed away at Overlander Residential Care in Kamloops, BC on September 18, 2016 at the age of 68 years.
Stella was pre deceased by her parents Helen and Earle, and is survived by her brother Tom (Audrey), her two nieces, Jennifer (Paige, Ava) and Katherine (Rob, Claire, Mia) and her nephew, Gregory, all of Calgary.
Stella received her teaching certificate from the University of Victoria in 1967 and started her teaching career in Spences Bridge that same year. The following year, she moved to Clinton where she taught elementary school for more than forty years.
During this time, she also established, taught and mentored a baton twirling group in the town of Clinton, which was successful in participating in events such as: The Calgary Stampede, PNE parades, as well as many other festive events. A number of her majorettes went on to successfully participate in Provincial and National competitions.
Stella was very proud and devoted to this group and considered them as her family.
The family would like to express their sincere thanks and appreciation to Dr. Wynne and Dr. Rolehauser and the entire staff at Overlander, who cared for Stella over the last several years. She was treated with respect and compassion and considered her caregivers as part of her family.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, October 01, 2016 in the Trinity United Church in Merritt BC (1899 Quilchena) with interment to follow at Pine Ridge Cemetery (1675 Juniper Dr.) in Merritt, where she will be laid to rest with her mother and father.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the charity of choice.