Benton, Maine: Julia F. Martin passed away at her home on Monday January 2, 2017. She was 94 years old and had lived a long, full life. Mother was dearly loved and will be remembered forever. Nobody was more deserving of their final rest.\r\n\r\nShe was born Julia Florence Buker in East Benton, Maine on October 30, 1922, the daughter of Leroy and Bertha (Witham) Buker. She attended the local one-room school and graduated 8th grade. Julia worked at household chores from a young age and tended to various nieces and nephews. She grew up extremely fast. She would spend her entire life taking care of others and it was done well.\r\n\t\r\nJulia married Henry Martin on January 14, 1939 at Clinton, Maine. They were together for more than 65 years. In the early years, she was involved with the 4-H Club, Ladies Aid Society, selling Avon, and the local church. (many many public suppers) In later years she retired from the Hathaway Shirt Company of Waterville. She deer hunted with two sisters, picked berries, played cards, had holiday gatherings, and went on picnics and camping trips with friends and family. She knew how to have fun. \r\n\t\r\nMother was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Henry Martin in 2004; her son Thomas Martin in 1999; special daughter in law Betty Martin in 2000; and grandson Donald Shores Jr. in 2015. She outlived all her siblings, Cony Witham, Harold Buker, Earland Buker, Daphne Robinson, Violet Grenier, Celia Littlefield, Willard Buker, and Marion Buker. \r\n\r\nSurvivors include her three children, Kathleen Humphrey of Freeport, Judith Shores of Oakland, Henry Martin Jr. and wife Pat of Benton; 13 grandchildren; Greg, Glenn, and Jeff Humphrey, Jolene McPhetres, Richard Shores, Deanna Proulx, David Shores, Thomas Jr. Stephen, and Scott Martin, Laura Kent, Danica and Brandon Martin; numerous great grandchildren and great great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.\r\n\t\r\nA huge debt of gratitude in bestowed on Kathleen for all her years of sacrifice and devotion. Julia’s family will long remember this labor of love. Thank you, sister, Sleep well, Dear Mother\r\n\t\r\nBurial will be in the spring at the Brown Cemetery in Benton.