Nina Elaine Martinson passed away at the age of 83 years and 1 week on Wednesday, June 4, 2014.
Nina was predeceased by her husband of 59 years, Elvey; parents Steinar and Elise Knutson; brothers: Carl, Elmer and Arnold Knutson; sister Inga Knutson; sisters-in-law: Lillian, Clara, Gladys Knutson and Haldis Martinson; brothers-in-law: Mike Swerhone, Stan Sogge, Hank Holth, Harvey Hanson, Woodrow Martinson and Willis Emde.
She is survived by her family: son, Dayle (Dixie), Midale SK and their children [Tricia (Craig), Colby and Logan (Brianna)]; son Lyle (Teri), Calgary AB and their children [Jodie (Gerard), Makenzie, Kyla and Larah], son Neil (Rhonda), Midale SK and their children [Kara, Megan and Jordan]. and son Glenn (Becky), Medicine Hat AB and their children [Jillian, Abby, Molly and Zachary] and daughter Joyce and her children [Hannah and Martin]. Nina’s sisters Annie Swerhone, Saskatoon SK, Ethel Hanson, Kelowna BC, Helen Holth, Edmonton AB, Delores Sogge, High River AB and brother Olaf (Marge) Knutson, Camrose AB; sisters-in-law: Doris Knutson, Weyburn SK, Hazel Emde, Midale SK, Bernice Knutson, Abbotsford BC; 27 nieces and nephews and many friends.
Nina was born on the family farm north of Torquay and attended high school at SLBI in Outlook. After graduation Nina attended Nurses Training in Moose Jaw. She moved to Midale where she worked as a telephone operator and eventually changed jobs to work at the Midale Hospital. In 1953, Nina married Elvey Martinson where they settled on the farm west of Midale. Nina and Elvey were blessed with 59 years of marriage before Elvey’s passing in January of 2013. Nina was a devoted wife and mother all her life. After the last child turned 16 she went to work off the farm. She worked at the Midale Union Hospital as a nurse’s aide for many years. After retiring from the hospital Nina returned to work at Walmart in Estevan at the age of 75 years and later at Mainprize Manor and Lampman Hospital as the activity director. Nina was a very strong Christian and believed in living her faith. She was involved in many areas of the church including ELW, being the church organist for over 50 years and directing Jr.and Sr. choirs and the New Dawn Singers. For the last 14 years she thoroughly enjoyed singing with the Southeast Chorus. Nina loved to cook and bake and was known for her chocolate chip cookies, hot dishes and lefse, which she made for the weddings of her grandchildren. Nina loved to sew, crochet and quilt. She had made an afghan for each of her 16 grandchildren for their graduation and a quilt for each of them for their wedding. What a treasure for each of the grandchildren.
Visitation for Nina was held from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Sunday, June 8th, 2014 at RD Family Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, SK. A funeral service for Nina was held on Monday, June 9, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. from Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Midale, SK, with Pastor Cicely McDougall officiating. Interment followed at Westphalia Cemetery, Midale, SK. Acting as pallbearers were Jordan Martinson, Colby Martinson, Logan Martinson, Martin Martinson, Craig Wilgenbush and Kyler Emde. Honourary pallbearers were Kara Martinson, Jodie Martinson, Megan Martinson, Makenzie Martinson, Tricia Wilgenbusch, Kyla Martinson, Larah Martinson, Jillian Martinson, Hannah Martinson, Abby Martinson, Molly Martinson and Zachary Martinson.
For family and friends so wishing, donations in memory of Nina may be made to the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Midale, SK, the Southeast Chorus, #6-384 Pine Ave., Estevan, SK S4A 2H1, or a Charity of Choice.