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Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
  • Obit: Thelma Mae “Tippie” Martin

  • Thelma Mae “Tippie” Martin, 80, of Grand Forks, ND, died Saturday, November 17, 2012 at Sanford Health System, Fargo, ND surrounded by her loving husband and family.
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  • Thelma Mae “Tippie” Martin, 80, of Grand Forks, ND, died Saturday, November 17, 2012 at Sanford Health System, Fargo, ND surrounded by her loving husband and family.
    Memorial Liturgy will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, November 23 at The Historic Norman Funeral Home - Gregory Norman Funeral Chapel in Grand Forks. Family Greeting will be one hour before the liturgy in the chapel on Friday. Interment will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, November 24,  in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, Devils Lake.
    Thelma Mae Wilkerson was born May 1, 1932, the daughter of John and Opal (Hicks) Wilkerson in Cando, ND.  She married Louis “Beaner” Martin on November 10, 1948 in Devils Lake.  They lived in Devils Lake while raising their children, and then moved to Grand Forks, ND.
    Tippie and her dear friend, Laura Azure shared a career as telephone operators and later she worked for the North Dakota Highway Department in Devils Lake.  At the age of 52, she decided to go to school to become a nurse.  She worked as a nurse for several years and after initially retiring, went to work for INMED at UND as first a dorm parent and later as Head of their Summer Institute.  She loved her INMED kids and thoroughly enjoyed working with them.
    She was always known as a person who gave everyone a chance and saw each person as an asset to this world.  She was passionate about politics and worked at the election polls for five decades.
    Thelma Mae is survived by her husband Louis; her children, Virginia (Frank) LeBlanc, Jackie (Ron) Rovenko, Nancy Martin and Steve (Arzu) Martin; her grandchildren, K. Brett Frith, Jon Hunt, Jennifer Rovenko, Charisse Pulkrabek, Jocelyn Darr, Sarah Rovenko, Emily Richner, Alexia Glassco, Molly Rovenko, Erin Martin, Can Gurpinar; her great grandchildren, Ashton Frith, Nadija Hunt, Cole Pulkrabek, Blake Frith, Xander Riely, Gavin Darr, Maya Pulkrabek and Alex Frith; sisters, Delores (Eileen) Frith, Judy Elgean, and Bonnie Ableman; and a brother Tim Bartlett.
    She is preceded in death by her mother, Opal Bartlett; a son, Robert “Bob” Martin; her father, John “Jack” Wilkerson; five brothers and three sisters.  
    The online memorial registry may be signed at www.normanfuneral.com.
    The Historic Norman Funeral Home, Grand Forks, is in charge of arrangements.
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