Sara “Sally” Martin, 89, of Jones Mills, Pennsylvania, died Jan. 7 in Germantown, Maryland.
She was the mother of Ocracoke Islander Kitty Martin Mitchell and grandmother of Katy Mitchell, Kitty’s daughter.
Sally had a cottage on Ocracoke that she loved and visited several times a year every year. She spent her last healthy days on her beloved Ocracoke.
Born May 13, 1930, Sally was a daughter of Robert F. Mitchell and Marie France Mitchell in Watertown, New York
She was the wife of the late Charles R. “Chuck” Martin, whom she married Feb. 3, 1951.
Sally taught languages at North Hills Schools in Pittsburgh for 27 years, was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Beanery Writers.
Sally hiked the Appalachian Trail, was an age-group champion triathlete, swimmer, cross-country skier and avid cyclist all her life. While bicycling around the world at age 65, Sara worked with Mother Teresa in India, then wrote “Mustang Sally’s guide to World Bicycle Touring.”
With her husband she co-authored “Warpath,” the epic novel of the Martin family. Sally loved her Pennsylvania mountain home and her island home on Ocracoke.
In addition to Kitty, wife of Gary Mitchell, and Katy, Sally is survived by children William M. Martin and Thomas A. Martin, and five grandchildren: Elizabeth Martin, Charles Martin, Lauren Martin (who has been a student at Ocracoke School and spends her summers on Ocracoke) and Zach Martin.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on March 28 in the Middle Presbyterian Church, 3374 PA-981, Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in her honor may be sent to the Ocracoke Health Center, P.O. Box 543, Ocracoke, NC, 27960.
She was an inspiration.
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