Obituary of Betty Martens
On Tuesday, January 12, 2021, at Ste. Anne’s Hospital in Ste. Anne’s, MB, with her children by her side, Betty Martens passed peacefully into the presence of his Lord at the age of 77.
Betty was predeceased by her husband, Bill in 2017, and brother, Murray. She will be lovingly remembered by her son Kelly, daughter, Carla and two grandsons, Mason and Scott. As well as her sister, Marilyn and brothers, Ken, Jim, Earl, Garth and many brother and sister-in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Betty was born on April 27, 1943 in Gladstone MB, to Lyle and Jessie Knox. She was the 2nd oldest child of a family that grew to seven children. Betty married Bill Martens on May 2, 1964 and they shared over 52 years of life together.
Betty grew up on a farm near Gladstone MB. In the early years of her marriage to Bill, they lived in Portage and Gladstone, and then made the move to Thompson MB in 1969 to serve the Thompson Bible Chapel and Continental Mission. During these years’s as a pastor’s wife and mom to two children, Betty worked PT cleaning houses, and later worked Ft as a Head Cook at Chicken Chef for 17 years.
In 2008, after 39 years in the north, Bill and Betty made the move to Steinbach MB to spend their retirement years. They loved their social life, reconnecting with old friends, making new friends, going for coffee, visiting, potluck suppers, volunteering and making the Immanuel Evangelical Free Church their home church.
Betty was a godly woman known for her kindness, generosity, patience, loyalty, and hospitality. She always said, “You never know what the day will bring” and was always opening their home to friends for a game of Skip Bo, a meal or overnight stay as they passed through town. She was a hard worker, willing to give a hand, strong in spirit and was often heard saying, “It’ll take more than this to get a Knox down” and “anything you need done up?”! During her years as dad’s caregiver, you never heard any complaint or negativity, as her friend Anna says, she was gently positive. She was a proud grandma who doted on her two grandsons, Mason and Scott, who affectionately called her “Little Grandma”. She loved playing with them in their younger years, and attended all their sports and school events and made their favorites, including homemade buns and cookies!
We will miss our mom and grandma, but are glad she did not have any pain during her illness, and she has gone to be home in Heaven.
The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to Dr Eric Saltel for his thoughtfulness and kindness, and his team’s wonderful care of mom and the family. A special thanks to our family and friends for their support, calls and prayers. It was difficult for everyone navigating the healthcare system amidst this pandemic and not be with our mom, grandma, sister, aunt and friend in person.
A private family burial service will be held Heritage Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Betty’s memory may be made to Siloam Mission, 300 Princess St, Winnipeg, MB, R3B 1M3.
A private graveside service for Betty will be held at Heritage Cemetery, Steinbach.