Funeral services for Sharon Coleen Brewer Martens, 71, of Forsyth were Monday morning, Nov. 18, 2013, in the Chapel of Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home of Forsyth. Burial followed in the Forsyth Cemetery.
Mrs. Martens died peacefully in her sleep on Monday, Nov, 11, 2013.
She was born to Francis and Adrienne Groombridge Brewer on Feb. 14, 1942, the second of three children. Mrs. Martens grew up on the family farm east of Forsyth. She attended Forsyth High School, graduating in 1960. While in school, she was active in 4-H, showing her cattle, riding her horse, or working on sewing projects. She was in The Order of Rainbow for Girls, serving as worthy advisor. She was in choir, twirling and played the piano and accordion.
After graduating from high school she went to the Denver Business College and graduated in 1962. She returned to Forsyth and worked for the Rosebud County Attorney’s office.
She married her high school sweetheart and best friend, Duane Martens, on Aug. 17, 1963. Together they made a life farming and ranching, and raising their three children, Doug, Tammy and Scott, in the Forsyth and Vananda areas.
Mrs. Martens enjoyed camping, bowling and playing cards, especially canasta and pinochle. She loved to read her Harlequin Romance novels and carried a book in her purse everywhere she went. She loved to dance with her husband, and they danced every chance they had. She always said she had taught him everything he knew about dancing.
She was a true country girl; she loved to take rides through the pastures looking at the cows, and to drive to the highest hill to watch the thunder and lightning storms roll in. Going on walks was one of her favorite things when the weather was nice, sometimes walking three miles a night.
Mrs. Martens was a 4-H leader, a Rainbow mother, served as a judge for the Rosebud County Spelling Bee and worked as an election judge for many years.
Her most treasured asset was her family. She would do anything for her family and was the number one fan of her grandchildren, attending every activity, whether it be concerts, plays or sporting events. She loved cooking lunch for the family, some days having up to eight people and other days having one, but, the meal was always hot, good and appreciated. She always had caramel popcorn balls for Halloween, and would hang them on her Christmas tree. She also made the best Scotcharoos for her grandchildren when they wanted them.
She will be greatly missed by everyone she knew.
Her survivors include by her sons, Doug (Jenell) Martens and Scott (Melanie) Martens; her son-in-law, Robert (Gina) Sorenson; eight grandchildren, Dustin (Becky) Martens, Kordelle (Tyler) Stephenson, Riley, Dylan, and Tanner Sorenson, and Aeriel, Logan, and Morgan Martens; her brother, Kevin (JoAnn) Brewer; a brother-in-law, Terry (Garnet) Essex; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Duane; her daughter, Tammy; her mother and father; a sister, Connie Essex; and a nephew, Timmy Essex.
The family has asked that memorials be made to the Rosebud County Nursing Home Blanket Warmer Fund, P.O. Box 500, Forsyth, MT 59327 or to the Friends & Family Fund, P.O. Box 957, Forsyth, MT 59327.
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com