Lasting Memories

Iris June Martin
May 31, 1927-April 6, 2015
Pleasanton, California

Submitted by Carolyn McManus

Iris June Martin, born May 31, 1927 in Dagenham, England to Louisa Maud Peters and James Archibald Frederick Hamilton, passed away peacefully April 6, 2015 at her home in Pleasanton. She was 87 years old.

She was married to Edward W. Martin Jr. for 37 years and together, they had 5 children; James Martin (Cecilia) of Twain Harte, Robert Martin of Modesto, Crystal Chavez (Paul) of Sacramento, Leanne Martin of Pleasanton and Carolyn McManus (Mark) of Pleasanton. Dearly loved by her grandchildren; Natalie Selph, Jared, Matthew and Robert Martin, Gillian Smith, Kyle, Stephanie & Kristin McManus as well as 6 great grandchildren; Justin, Travis, Sterling and Rachel Selph, and Jude and Oliver Smith.

Preceded in death by her husband Edward Martin in 1983, her brother James, sister Doris and sister Margaret of England and her sister Beryl of Australia.

Iris was a war bride and was integral in arranging the first US airline to be privately chartered with all passengers being war brides and their 28 children. She worked as a Senior Health Attendant at Sherwood House Residential Care Home in Livermore for 10 years. Iris was a member the Roses of Britain Chapter of the Daughters of the British Empire and the mascot for the American Legion. She loved English tea, traveling, dancing, singing, tennis, gardening, cooking, playing Pinochle, Bunco and playing poker at the Senior Center but most of all she loved her family and her best friend of 77 years, Jean Terry of Newark, CA.

We would like to express our deepest thanks to our friends and family for all their love and support. A sincere heartfelt thank you to the team at Valley Crest Home in Livermore and the Hope Hospice team who showed Mum so much loving kindness and caring the last precious months of her life.

From Carolyn McManus
Aug. 4, 2016

Nana will always be in my heart and soul! Her loving kindness, compassion and gentle touch, to know her was to adore her! Not a day goes by that we are not reminded of the delicate balance of unconditional love and incredible strength and wisdom that was the core of her being. Truly exceptional in every way, I am blessed to have had the best Nana a girl could wish for!

From David Mallory
July 18, 2015

Iris was a really sweet mother to all of her children. Iris was very kind to me. I will always rember her. Oh she lover watching tennis. Truly a really great woman. Love, David

From Laurie Anderson
May 9, 2015

Mrs. Martin was so nice and very special to me. When I moved to Pleasanton I was in 3rd grade and became best friends with Carolyn. Carolyn, your mother was so nice always making us breakfast and taking us to different activities. She made an impact on my life and its my prayer that as she went to be with God in heaven, that she went peacefully.

From Eileen Sullins
May 9, 2015

To Carolyn and Mark, the love, the support, your kindness and care of her in her last days was truly remarkable, you allowed her to pass with dignity and the respect she so wonderfully she deserved, her love is always with you and the kids and nothing will ever change that, you have our love and friendship always, may your mom always shine down on you from heaven, we love you all so much, friends forever

From barbara
April 28, 2015

My deepest sympathy to the family. I enjoyed playing poker at the center and had the pleasure of having her attend our many ladies birthday luncheons:-) A real "classy" lady! I loved to hear her talk about her growing up and I loved ALL THOSE APPLES from her garden:-) She will forever be in my heart.