Burnerdene "Bernie" Martin


Bernie Martin passed away peacefully on July 31, 2021, at Blue Haven Memory Care in Independence Oregon, surrounded by family. She was 90 years old.

Bernie was born September 22, 1930, to parents Charles and Lizzie Harper in Stonewall, Mississippi. In 1952 she moved to Bandon, Oregon and then to Cottage Grove in 1953 where she resided until 2017 when she relocated to Independence Oregon to be closer to family. 

She worked for many years in the Cottage Grove High School cafeteria and helped by selling tickets at the high school basketball games and wrestling matches until her retirement in 1998. She truly enjoyed her job and especially loved the students. She was always happy to make a special salad for a staff member or sneak an extra cheese roll or french fries to the kids. Bernie was a wonderful baker and cook and was always preparing pies or cookies for family and friends. She enjoyed spending time with her family, reading, walking, sewing, and having coffee with friends.

Bernie is survived by her son Dan Martin of Cottage Grove, daughter Carolyn White and son-in-law Rick of Carlton, daughter Staci Steele and son-in-law John of Dallas, Oregon, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son Dennis and daughter Fay.

Bernie was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and friend. She will truly be missed by everyone who knew and loved her.

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