Esther Z. Martin, 87, Ephrata, homemaker, had stand at Green Dragon, mother of seven

By on August 26, 2015

Esther Z. Martin, 87, of Ephrata, formerly of Lititz, passed away Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, at Fairmount Homes.

She was born in East Earl to the late Henry and Mariah (Zimmerman) Martin and was the wife of Paul B. Martin with whom she shared 67 years of marriage.

Esther was a member of Lime Rock Mennonite Church (Weaverland Conference). She was a homemaker who also worked a Green Dragon stand selling silverware, dishes, and furniture.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by four sons: Melvin M., husband of Barbara (Martin) Martin, of Ephrata; Clair M., husband of Ruth Ann (Weaver) Martin, of Hayward, Wis.; Earl M., husband of Judy Lynn (Sensenig) Martin, of Lititz; Vernon M., husband of Jeana (Martin) Martin, of Lititz; three daughters: Marian M., wife of Paul Martin, of Ephrata; Mary M., wife of John Maldanado, of Sarasota, Fla.; Elaine M. Jenkins of Lititz; 29 grandchildren; and 73 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by four brothers: William Z., Menno Z., Jonas Z., and Henry Z. Martin; and one sister: Lydia Weaver.

Services were held Aug. 24 at Lime Rock Mennonite Church, Lititz, with Bishop Melvin Martin officiating. Interment took place in the adjoining church cemetery. Kindly omit flowers.

The family would like to thank the staff at Fairmount Homes for the excellent care given to Esther.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at

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