Alice R. Martin, age 98, passed away peacefully in her home on Mackinac Island Wednesday, September 29, 2021.
She was born on September 3, 1923, in WuHu, China, to Dr. Walter and Lucile Libby, who were medical missionaries with the Methodist Church. Her father died in China in 1940 and Alice moved with her family to Oregon, where she was graduated from Canby High School in 1941. After two years of pre-nursing classes at Willamette, she attended the University of Syracuse for a year, as her older brother put it, “to learn about life outside the science classroom.” There she met Richard Dana Martin, stationed with the Army Air Corps, who she would marry 10 years later. She returned to Oregon and completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing at the University of Oregon.
Alice Martin first came to Mackinac Island in 1945 as part of Moral Re-Armament and split her time between the MRA centers on the Island and Los Angeles, California. On August 15, 1953, she married Rick Martin on the lawn of the old Mission House on Mackinac Island, and they spent their wedding night “in Paradise” (Michigan). In the 1960s and early 1970s, Mrs. Martin worked with nurse Stella King, Dr. Joe Solomon, and later Dr. Jim Fraser at the Mackinac Island Medical Center and as a nurse at Mackinac College. She later worked for 20 years at Gratiot County Community Hospital in Alma as a charge nurse in obstetrics. During this time, in 1977, the family opened their home on Mackinac Island as a bed and breakfast.
Mr. Martin passed away on Mackinac Island in 1980 and, after she retired from nursing, Alice returned to the Island and helped run Bogan Lane Inn with her daughter, Trish Martin. She could often be seen walking her dog along the streets and trails of Mackinac. She loved music, enjoyed poetry, especially the classes at the Grand Hotel, attended Trinity Church, and participated in the many Island activities, especially in the winters.
Alice Martin is preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Dorothy, three brothers, Jim, Paul, and Don, and her husband, Richard.
She is survived by her daughter, Trish Martin of Mackinac Island; two sons and their families, James and Beth Martin of Alma and Gordon and Marni Roberts of Vancouver, British Columbia; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren, and many other loved ones and friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations to be made to Trinity Episcopal Church, the Mackinac Island Medical Center, or the Mackinac Island Community Foundation.
A graveside service will be held at the Mackinac Island Protestant Cemetery Wednesday, October 13, at 11:30 a.m. and a memorial celebration will be held in the spring at Trinity Church.
The family has been assisted in arrangements by Galer Funeral Homes.