Martha Cline Peed

Martha Cline Peed

Birth
Sandusky, Erie County, Ohio, USA
Death 20 Aug 2017 (aged 75)
Tucson, Pima County, Arizona, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes scattered, Specifically: At Niagara Falls, New York.
Memorial ID 182593098 · View Source
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Martha Cline Peed passed away on August 20, 2017, at Peppi's House Hospice in Tucson, AZ with her family, friends, and faithful dog by her side. She was 75.

Martha, and her twin sister Marian, were born in Sandusky OH, on November 6, 1941, the daughters of Paul W. and Margaret S. (Seymour) Peed. They were raised in a house filled with love, music and conversation, and a proud Scottish heritage. At an early age, Martha fell in love with the works of William Shakespeare and poetry. Martha also fell in love with the Samoyed dog breed, and often said "There is no dog in the world like a Samoyed".

Martha attended schools in Lima OH and Indianapolis IN, and graduated in 1959 from Warren PA High School. She received her Bachelors degree in English and Community Recreation in 1964 from Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware OH, and her Masters in Environmental Education in 1987 from the Michigan State Graduate Education Overseas program. Martha believed in "life long education" and took coursework at 14 different colleges and universities.

Throughout her life, Martha lived by the philosophy of "each one teach one".

During college, Martha had a summer job as the nature director for special needs campers at Camp Cornplanter in McKean County, Pennsylvania. She loved how the campers were fascinated with the simple beauty of nature. After college Martha taught for a semester at Hartford CT High School and then joined the Peace Corps. After several months of language and cultural training at the Experiment in International Living in Brattleboro VT, and labor and delivery training at Boston Brigham and Women's Hospital, Martha was selected for a two year assignment from 1964-1966 in Goiana and Recife, Brazil. Martha started as a Visitadora Medica who went out into the Favelas to give vaccinations and assist in birthing babies. She then, with Roberta Lange, started Acampamento Jangada in Recife. Each Peace Corp Volunteer worked with their local counterpart in their outlying towns in state of Pernambuco to select the children who would attend the week long camp sessions. The Volunteers had to find a way to make camp clothes and swimsuits and arrange for transportation (sometimes a 14 hour ride over primitive roads). It was the first time many of the children rode in a truck, swam in the ocean, saw a movie, sang songs, and got a short "tourist" flight in an airplane. Martha truly loved Brazil and the music, especially Bossa Nova. She sang and played her guitar with Brazilians and her fellow Volunteers, and wrote several original songs in Portuguese.

After her tour in Brazil was complete, Martha travelled with friends by jeep, train, boxcar, bus, and boat from Recife to Rio de Janeiro, Corumba', Santa Cruz, Cochabamba, La Paz, Lake Titicaca, Cusco, Machu Picchu, and Lima to Guayaquil, Ecuador. After a month in Guayaquil, they hitched a ride with the Ecuadorian Navy on an old WWII landing craft to the Galápagos Islands.

Upon returning to the United States, Martha wanted to "give back" to her community, and for six years taught English Literature to 9th graders at Beaty Junior High School in Warren, PA. She sponsored a bus trip each year for the English Club to see Shakespeare plays in Stratford, ONT, with a stop at Niagara Falls, NY. In 1968 and 1971, she sponsored 9th graders from Warren on summer study abroad trips to Europe.

From 1972 to 1993, Martha taught English Literature, Health, and Physical Education at Frankfurt American High School in Frankfurt, Germany, with the US Department of Defense Dependents Schools. She coached volleyball and sponsored several activities including cheerleaders. Martha travelled all over Europe, and to Egypt, Israel, Hawaii, Kenya, Australia, and Churchill, Manitoba. She loved to ski and chaperoned students on ski weeks at St Veit im Pongau, Austria. She met so many wonderful students and colleagues in Frankfurt and felt honored to be their teacher and friend.

In 1981, Martha met Molly on a Veterans Day weekend ski trip to Schnalstal, Italy, right along the border with Austria. After several months of more ski trips, sailing trips, dinners, and movies, they decided they were "MFEO - Made For Each Other". They became life partners, had a lot of fun, travelled to some incredible places, met some fascinating people, shared the love of a number of exceptional pets, and loved watching good movies together. They told each other every day how lucky they were.

In 1993, Martha moved to Sitka, AK to live with Molly. While in Sitka, Martha took many classes at UAS, volunteered as an AARP Tax Aide, sold "Rafting Sea Otters" posters and other photos at Baranof Arts & Crafts Association and Old Harbor Books, studied the humpback whale populations of Southeast Alaska, had a one-month fill-in job at the Sitka Sentinel, and worked at Kettleson Memorial Library. Martha discovered the benefits of moisture wicking socks and merino wool sweaters while living in Sitka.

After 18 years in Sitka, AK, Martha relocated with Molly and dog Clark Kent to Tucson, AZ. She was happy to wake up to the blue sky, sunshine, and palm trees every day. In 2013, Martha was diagnosed with endometrial cancer. She received wonderful treatment from the caring doctors, nurses, and staff at Arizona Oncology in Tucson, Tucson Medical Center and Peppi's House Hospice. In March 2017, Martha qualified for a Clinical Trial which combined the use of Lenvima and Keytruda. Martha was so excited to qualify for this trial because she knew the information that they gained from her treatment would help future cancer patients. In one last example of "each one teach one", her sister Marian and Molly made a Whole Body Donation of Martha to Science Care to help advance medical science and give hope to future generations.

Martha was preceded in death by her parents Paul and Margaret Peed, her good friend Toby Erdmann, her uncles and aunts, six Samoyeds, and many more loving pets.

Martha is survived by her twin sister Marian P. Weisz of Watertown, NY; her partner of more than 35 years Molly Murphy of Tucson, AZ; her best friend from Warren PA High School Violet B. Wendl (Joe) of Tucson, AZ; her faithful Samoyed of 9 years Clark Kent of Tucson, AZ; her cousins Margaret Iversen (Larry) of Bremerton, WA, and Ronald Simmermacher of Everett, WA; many cousins in Ohio, and her very good Peace Corps friends Suzanne Kelly of Ashland, MA; Dorme' (Larry) James of Mesa, AZ; and Mary M. Bek of Greendale, WI.

There are no memorial services planned at this time. At the time of Martha's passing, family and friends read aloud their favorite poems and passages. Family and close friends will scatter Martha's ashes at Niagara Falls, NY next summer.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Martha's memory online at tmcfoundation.org, Donate Now, Designation of "Hospice Services/Peppi's House", Tribute "In Memory" of Martha Peed, with funds designated for the construction of a dog park named "Clark's Corner". Donations by check can be mailed to TMC Foundation, Peppi's House Hospice, In Memory of Martha Peed, 5301 E Grant Road, Tucson AZ 85712.

"Goodnight, sweet Martha, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest"


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  • Created by: Allen Monasmith
  • Added: 20 Aug 2017
  • Find a Grave Memorial 182593098
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Martha Cline Peed (6 Nov 1941–20 Aug 2017), Find a Grave Memorial no. 182593098, ; Maintained by Allen Monasmith (contributor 46880788) Cremated, Ashes scattered, who reports a At Niagara Falls, New York..