Diane B. Martin of Cape Elizabeth, Me., died peacefully at her home on Oct. 29 surrounded by her family. She was 60.
She was born in Brunswick, Me., to Wesley M. and Beverly French Martin. Diane lived most of her life in Cape Elizabeth, graduating from Cape Elizabeth High School. Following graduation she worked briefly at Maine Medical Center before beginning a career that revolved around children. She was well-known in the area as a child care provider and was loved by both parents and children.
Diane was a member of the Cape Elizabeth Methodist Church for many years, serving in many capacities. Most recently she was a member of the Coastal Community Church. She was a tireless contributor to Sunday school, bake sales, church suppers and fairs, or when anyone was in need. A recent highlight in her life was traveling to Guatemala with a church group to help build a church and provide vacation bible school.
She donated many hours to organizations such as Tres Dias, My Sister’s Keeper, Preble Street Soup Kitchen and the Longcreek Youth Center. Every year she dedicated countless hours collecting and filling backpacks for the children staying in Portland homeless shelters while enlisting the help of the children she cared for.
Diane enjoyed spending time every summer at the special family camp on Martha’s Vineyard. She enjoyed swimming, kayaking and the quiet serenity that the Island had to offer.
Her hobbies included knitting, reading, cribbage and puzzles. Many a newborn baby was a recipient of a baby sweater set. She was loved and will truly be missed.
She was predeceased by her parents, her brother Robert Martin and her niece Laura Vogel. She is survived by her sister, Beth Martin Vogel and her husband Monty; her brother Larry Martin and his wife Charlene; sister in law Linda Martin; nieces Tamara Vogel, Jenny Martin, Debra Cowart and her husband Robert, Denise Evans and her husband Jay, and nephew Jason Martin and his wife Jennifer.
Thank you to the Grimes family for considering Diane part of their family.
A memorial service was held on Nov. 2 in South Portland. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to the Laura Vogel Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) fund at Maine Medical Center, 22 Bramhall Street, Portland, ME 04102. Online condolences may be left at hobbsfuneralhome.com.