Margaret Shirk Martin 91, homemaker, talented quilter, enjoyed bird watching

By on March 5, 2014

Margaret Shirk Martin

Margaret Shirk Martin

Margaret G. Shirk Martin, 91, of Ephrata, died Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 at Fairmount Homes.

She was preceded in death by both of her husbands: Leon B. Shirk in 1979 and Carl W. Martin in 2012 and by a son: Henry Wayne in 1949.

Born in Bowmansville, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Annie (Good) Weber.

She was a homemaker who was known for quilting abilities and was an avid bird watcher.

She attended Gehman Mennonite Church.

Surviving are four sons: Maynard, married to Alice (Hess) Shirk, Conestoga; Carl, married to Sharon (Lantz) Shirk, Stumptown; David, married to Dolores (Good) Shirk, Guinea Bissau; Dale, married to Verda (Kauffman) Shirk, Terre Hill; five step-children: Lois, married to Larry Martin, Robesonia; Arlene, married to David Hollinger, East Earl; Glen, married to Mary (Landis) Martin, Adamstown; Delmar, married to Kathy (Newswanger) Martin, Mohnton and Sharon Kurtz, Bowmansville; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; 17 step-grandchildren and 24 step great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by five siblings and one daughter-in-law: Anna (Sweigart) Shirk, wife of Carl.

Her funeral will be held March 6 at 10 a.m. at Bowmansville Mennonite Church, 129 Pleasant Valley Rd., East Earl. A viewing will be held on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Fairmount Homes Wheat Ridge Chapel and on Thursday at the church from 9 to 10 a.m.

The Eckenroth Home for Funerals, Terre Hill is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be posted at

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