Ione Martin

Ione Josephine Martin (Mack)

Thursday, November 5th, 2020
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Ione Josephine Martin
1924 – 2020

With gratitude for a life well lived, the family of Ione Martin wish to announce her passing on Thursday, November 5, 2020 at the Estevan Regional Nursing Home at the age of 96 years.

Ione will be lovingly remembered by her children and grandchildren: Marilyn (Jim) Waldron and their children - Robin (Nancy) and Cory (Cathy), Lawrence (Carol) Martin and their children - Jason (Trishann), Devon and Justin (Devon), Gerard (Shelley) Martin and their children - Kiowa, Travis (Jasmine), Drew, Kurtis (Sandi) Martin and their children Nick (Vanessa) and Andrew (Michelle) and Blake (Shannon) Martin and their children - Hannah (Jacob), Hillary, Jennah and Seth. Ione will be lovingly remembered by her great grandchildren: Kye, Christy, Hannah, Sophie ,Ruby, Preslee, Lucy, Lily, Ivy and Willow.

Ione will be missed by her brothers, Bill (Mildred) Mack and Garry Mack and her sisters, Marie Paladeau and Dorothy (Bob) Jackson; sisters-in-law, Mary Mack of Estevan, SK, Mary (Clarence) Martin of Estevan, SK, Mary Martin of Regina, SK and Florence Martin along with numerous nieces, nephews and God children.

Ione was predeceased by her loving husband of 46 years John J. Martin; infant son Joseph; her parents William and Catherine Mack; brothers, Clarence (Louise) Mack, Jim Mack and Charles (Dolly) Mack and her brother-in-law Al Paladeau and sister-in-law Maureen Mack.

Ione was born in1924 at Viewfeild, north of Estevan SK, to William and Catherine Mack. Ione is the eldest of 8 children, having 2 sisters and 5 brothers. Ione worked hard starting at an early age, helping her mother with household duties and raising the younger children.

At the age of 21 years, Ione married the love of her life, John J. Martin and began their life together farming at Rowatt, SK. Ione always had a very large garden, which filled her cellar. She loved canning everything she could, keeping her home self sufficient. A year later Ione and John welcomed their first baby girl Marilyn, then Lawrence 3 years later and 4 years later Gerard joined the family. In 1957 the family moved into a small house on 2nd St. in Estevan SK. In 1958 John began building a new family home in the Pleasantdale area. They soon welcomed Kurt in 1960 and Blake in 1964.

Ione was wonderful cook and loved to bake for her family and friends. She was a faithful member of the Catholic Women’s League for many years, baking dainties for funeral lunches in the community. Ione stayed home to raise her family until 1974 when she went into the workforce. She worked at the Beefeater Hotel in the laundry department for 5 years then moved to St Joseph’s Hospital in 1979 also in the laundry department. After retiring she enjoyed traveling with family and friends. She travelled to California, Vegas, along with other places in Canada with family. She also enjoyed bus tours with “the girls” to Minnesota for Blue Jays games and to Deadwood for some fun!! She loved playing card games and the slot machines. In her later years, after selling the house to Blake (where he still resides) she moved to Sussex Arms then to Trinity Towers when her suite became available. She spent 20 years at Trinity Towers developing many special friendships, enjoying many card games and potlucks. In 2016 Ione moved into the Estevan Regional Nursing Home where she always enjoyed the meals and developing friendships with residents and staff.

Ione always loved the togetherness with her children and grandchildren. Although Ione’s love and faithfulness to her family has left an imprint on our hearts, the true legacy is her faithfulness to her Heavenly Father. It was important for her to pass her faith onto her children by her Christ like example, her faithful church attendance and family prayers around her bed. It brings us great comfort knowing that Ione now resides with her Heavenly Father

A Private Family Funeral Mass was held in the Chapel of Hall Funeral Services, Estevan, on Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Sathiadas Antony presiding with interment to follow at Souris Valley Memorial Gardens.

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Those so wishing may make donations in memory of Ione to the St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation, 1176 Nicholson Rd., Estevan, SK S4A 0H3.

Hall Funeral Services in Estevan provided care to the Martin family – Deb Heidinger, Funeral Director.
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Service Details

  • Private Funeral Mass

    Hall Funeral Services (Estevan)
    1506 - 4th Street
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    Rev. Sathiadas Antony
  • Interment

    Thursday, November 12th, 2020 |
    Thursday, November 12th, 2020
    Souris Valley Memorial Gardens
    Highway 39 West
    Estevan, SK
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Marilyn Waldron

Posted at 06:37pm
My Mom was the best mom ever! She taught me how to cook, clean & iron clothes. We never fought or had bad words. She had a dry sense of humour. Lots of one liners. She stood up to Dad a few times that I remember. One time I remember well is when she wanted to buy a car & he didn’t want one. She stamped her foot on the floor & said “I’m buying it”. Another time was when she wanted to go to California to visit her relatives. Dad didn’t want to go. She said “I’m going with or without you”. So her & I took a week & flew there. We had a great time. I miss you Mom! Love Marilyn


Posted at 02:57pm
Our heartfelt sympathy on your loss. Old neighbors, The Bourgeois family

Doug McClement

Posted at 09:17pm
Condolences to the Martin and Mack families

Debbie Alexander

Posted at 10:41pm
Marilyn, Lawrence, Gerard, Kurtis & Blake,
We are sending you all our deepest Sympathy on the passing of your Mom.
Auntie Ione was a very special Lady, we didn’t see her often but when we did it
was a great visit and lots of laughs. She will be greatly missed. Sending you all
and the rest of your families Hugs & Prayers.
Debbie, Tony, Ryan & Jessica Alexander

Patricia Carr

Posted at 05:58pm
Our deepest Sympathy to all the Family. You are all in our healing thoughts. Patti, Danny, Sara & Justin XX

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