1939 - 2019
Amelia Elizabeth Martens, beloved wife of the late Ernie Martens, passed away unexpectedly in Taber on Sunday, March 24, 2019 at the age of 79 years.
Relatives and friends were invited to Prayers at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 7:00 P.M.
The Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Augustine's Catholic Church, 5009 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Monday, April 1, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. Burial followed at the Taber Memorial Garden.
Emily is survived by four children Darlene (John) Wright of High River and their children Ryan (Farzana) Wright (daughter Prema) and Richelle Wright; Darrell (Carla) Martens of Coaldale and their children Chris (Jolene) Martens (daughter Brynn) and Kimberley (Marco) Slingerland (children Dustin, Shane and Tiffany); Dean Martens of Taber; Doug (Pam) Martens of Taber and their children Laurie (Brent) Untereiner (children Kaitlyn, Evan and Blake), Jennifer (Chris) Bruce (daughters Morgan and Kaylee), Amber (Luke) Langlands (children Tessa and Travis). She is also survived by her siblings Rose Beaman, Joan (Elio) Kain, Florence Martens, Bernie (Elsie) Elder and Bill (Monica) Elder: sisters-in-law Evelyn (George) Kopervas, Gloria Martens, Linda (Dennis) Biesel, Sophie Weiss, Michelle LeBlanc and Angela (Ken) Duke; brother-in-Law Ron Martens.
She was predeceased by her parents Bernard and Rose Elder; sibling Sister Helen Elder; father and mother-in-law Abe and Eva Martens; brothers-in-law Charlie Beaman, Menno Martens and Irvin Martens and sister-in-law Tyke Martens.
Emily was born November 16, 1939 at Scott, Saskatchewan and moved with her family to Taber. She married Ernie Martens on May 12, 1958 at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church in Taber. Together Emily and Ernie owned and operated D & E Transport plus a few other oilfield related businesses for fifty years. During this time Emily was a meticulous book keeper, dispatcher and the heart of the company. Emily was a very strong member of the Catholic Church, having spent many years with a variety of Catholic volunteer groups. Most Saturday mornings would be coffee time at Emily’s for the family, we always enjoyed this time with her. She also had an amazing sense of humor, saving and collecting jokes her whole life, she had binders full of them. Emily was also a major fan of the Toronto Blue Jays, we all knew not to call her during a game. In her younger years, she was an avid soft ball player, league bowler and curled for a couple of years. She loved her weekly get together with friends. Emily was generous to many charities and causes in her lifetime.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Emily’s name may be made directly to St. Augustine’s Catholic Church (Windows/Building Fund), 5009 - 48 Avenue, Taber, Alberta T1G 1T4.