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Claire 'Peg' C. Martin

Apr 11, 2013 - Staff

Claire "Peg" C. Martin, of Lander, died Thursday, April 4, 2013, at the Riverton Hospice Home. She was 92 years old.

Memorial services will be 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 14, in the community/mailroom of building 145 at the Pushroot Village complex in Lander.

Claire Cardamone Martin was born Dec. 25, 1920, at home in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Emma Peil and Stacy Dear. She had one younger brother, Stacy Dear.

During World War II she was one of the many "Rosie the Riveter" gals working as a drill press operator of airplane parts at the Bendix Aviation war factory in Philadelphia.

She met and married William H. Martin in 1946. They had one daughter, Virginia Lynne, then were divorced in 1954. After the divorce she worked in a greenhouse and a plastics factory that made beads and plastic eating utensils. She worked with the machines there, also.

Mrs. Martin and her daughter moved to Wyoming in 1962, where they lived in Jackson for two years then moved to Glendo where Mrs. Martin managed the Glendo Marina for two years. In Guernsey she worked at the state park museum for four years.

She then moved to Lander, where she worked for the American Laundry and Dry Cleaners company for 10 years. She managed the shop in Riverton for the next 10 years and commuted to her cabin home in Dubois where she lived after retirement. The remainder of her life she lived independently in Lander at the Pushroot Village complex until she was admitted to Westward Heights during the last months of 2012.

On Sept. 12, 1980, Mrs. Martiné─˘s daughter, Virginia Uden, and her grandsons Richard Loren, 12, and Reagan Cordell, 10, disappeared while taking a trip to Dubois from Riverton to see the boysé─˘ stepfather. They were never seen again. Mrs. Martin spent the remainder of her life with the hope of learning what happened to them.

Her friends said she enjoyed her pet dogs, gardening, camping, scenic trips and being outdoors. In her early 20s she rode motorcycles with her brother, boyfriends and to work with a girlfriend. In later years she enjoyed going out on the lakes with her Scull (boat rowed with oars), which she put on the roof of her station wagon by herself. This activity kept her in great shape. She will be greatly missed by beloved friends who she had made and kept in touch with.

She is survived by one cousin, Georgene Orth, of Pennsylvania.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Stacy Dear, who died in Roslyn, Pa.

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