Patricia Martin

Patricia Martin, age 68, of Lincoln, passed away in the early morning of Monday, February 26, 2018 at St. Elizabeth hospital.

Pat was our aunt, sister, sister-in-law, daughter, great aunt and partner, and was a friend to everyone fortunate enough to encounter her in life. Born in David City on March 17, 1949 to Louis and Kathleen Martin, Pat attended Aquinas High School in David City, then the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. Pat shared her wisdom, laughter, strength and love with countless students for 26 years at the Raymond, Ceresco and Valparaiso elementary schools, followed by a second career as a banker at Great Western Bank for 16 years before her retirement in 2014.

Pat’s life revolved around kids – to the younger siblings that she helped to raise, to hundreds of students, to 16 nieces and nephews, 18 great-nieces and great-nephews, and many “adopted” kids along the way, Pat was the source of support, guidance, fun, and unconditional love. Pat gave of herself, her time, her compassion and her heart to everyone she knew. Pat never missed a sporting event, concert, dance recital, or any other chance to see and cheer on one of her many, many kids.

In her well-earned retirement years, Pat joined the Goodyear Recreation Center, where she made lots of new friends, and where she met her partner, Ken Howell. Ken adored Pat, and gave her the kindness and love that she had always deserved. Although her golden years were cut far too short, they were filled with the company and love of the people that Pat cherished.

Pat was preceded in death by her father Louis, and is survived by her partner Ken Howell, her mother Kathleen, sisters Judy (Jack) Ekeler, Sharon (Mike) Miriovsky, Margie (Rob) Lehr, Maxine (John) Webb, and brothers Bill (Trish) Martin, Bob (Sheri) Martin and Rick (Mallory) Martin, nieces Susan, Jamie, Katie, Shelby, Ann and Hannah, nephews Bill, Mike, Dave, Jack, Lee, Brennen, Brett, Jay, Jared and Louie, great-nieces and nephews Ryan, Cole, Blake, J.J., Cameryn, Abby, Bella, Clare, Beckett, Lauren, Kate, Ellen, Will, Maggie, Carly, Molly, Liam and Kyler, and Ken’s daughter Michelle, sons Dan and Jason, and their families, and a lifetime’s worth of close friends and extended family members.

A Celebration of Life is planned for Saturday, March 17 (Pat’s birthday) at the Nebraska Champions Club, with an open house beginning at 4 p.m. and program and reception beginning at 6 p.m. Funeral services are pending. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Nebraska Community Blood Bank, The Lincoln Community Playhouse, or any other worthwhile charity.

We cannot imagine life without Pat, but the world is brighter for all of us because she was in it.

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