Martha Alice Wadman Born July 29th 1936. Martha passed away peacefully with her family at her bedside Saturday April 1st 2006. Martha was the proud mother of three beautiful children Steve (Mary) Wadman, Kirk (Julie) Wadman and Stacy (Frank) Holborow. Martha adored her grandchildren Ashley Wadman 19, Shayne 11 and Bryten 9 Holborow. Martha embraced Jeramie 14 and Victoria Vecera as her own. Martha is survived by her dear sisters Jonnie (Skip) and Georgia, her brother Robert and Mother Dorothy. Martha was born in Tennessee and began her life in Hermosa Beach in the 1960's. Martha was passionate about her home and life near the beach. She loved to ski, garden, golf, do yoga, read, sew and loved history. She was a member of several golf clubs and also a member of St. Cross Altar Guild. Martha was known for her famous chocolate chip cookies and being an accomplished sewer. Martha was employed by Mattel Toys for 35 years traveling extensively throughout Asia for her work. Her adventurous spirit took her all over the world. She loved to learn about other cultures and their history. She was always up for a good time. A celebration of her life will be held at St. Cross by the Sea Episcopal Church at 1818 Monterey Blvd., Hermosa Beach at 2:00 pm. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers a donation can be made for a Memorial Park Bench (To Stacy Holborow) in honor of Martha. A special thanks to the Kaiser Hospice Team, the Sanoviv Medical Team for the special care and treatment during Martha's three week stay that gave her hope and greater appreciation of health and wholeness she could pass on to her family. A gracious Thank you to Michael Parry and Marti Baker of Spirit Art for their selfless service of healing and blessing of Martha's spirit and body. The family expresses a special Thank you to Rev. Kate Lewis and Rev. Rachel Nyback for their loving ministry toward Martha, providing her with communion prayers and healing. To the volunteers of St. Cross for the weekly beautiful flowers and Nightly Meals. A loving Thank you to all the family and friends that made Martha's last days very comfortable, special and blessed. Martha was a very blessed lady to be loved by so many. She will be missed

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  1. i,m very sad to hear of your mom passing….she was a great neighbor and friend, i wish i could have seen her on my last visit .i miss you steve-kirk-and stacy..if you ever see this please get in touch…….doug welton

  2. I am shocked and terribly saddened to hear of Martha’s passing. I worked with her at Mattel for several years and really enjoyed her warm personality and smile. This is just terrible. I am so sorry for her family and friends, but especially for Martha. Martha was not an average person and I am quite certain is already terribly missed. My deepest personal sympathies to all of Martha’s friends and family.

  3. Dear Kirk, Julie and family: Tom and I send our heartfelt condolences to all of you. Kirk, we know this is a tough time for you especially. We think our parents are going to be with us forever and it’s so hard to lose them. Always hard to say goodbye – All of you remain in our thoughts as you go through this difficult time. We’re just sorry we never had the chance to meet your mom because she sounds like she was a wonderful lady. Keep the memories close to your heart and time does heal. Love, Tom and Kathy

  4. Dear Stacy, Frank, Shayne & Bryten: I just want to say how incredibly blessed I feel to have known your mom (grandma) her warmth and genuiness never ceased to inspire me. I’ll never forget her hospitality to myself and Jessica, long, long ago. We love you guys, and will be praying for Gods great comfort for you and your family. Aydee, Bob, Jessica & Alex.

  5. As I really didn’t meet Martha up until about a month ago,I have known her son Steve and his wife , Mary for at 20 +plus years.You see,their daughter,Ashley and my daughter Eileen were born just one day apart some 19 years ago and grew up together through-out their formative years. I just met Martha for the first time prior to her going to Mexico for her treatment. The day I was at her house, there were several friends there from out of town visiting and keeping Marthas’ spirits high. Meanwhile, in the next 3 weeks, with the help of: Steve, Mary,Kirk,Julie,Stacy and Frank ,we were able to remodel her master bathroom in anticipation of her return and for her enjoyment of a new “powder room”… something she had really wanted for many years. Sadly, Martha passed away shortly after returning from south-of- the-border treatment.. Here’s to you… Martha, I know you raised three great children and from what I have read, you enjoyed life to it’s fullest ! peace be with you and your entire extended family …. love, Ed, Ann and Eileen

  6. Dear Stacy, I am so sorry to read of the passing of your mother. You and she certainly do share a beautiful face. I was looking through the paper and saw her face and I immediately thought of you. It was very scary. Then I saw her name and I knew you were safe but I know how sad you must be. Mothers are certainly very special. Peace be with you at this time and always. Stay healthy. I love you, Ms. A.

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