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Shirley W. Martin, retired Lancaster math teacher

April 4, 1928 – Aug. 18, 2014

Shirley W. Martin, a retired math teacher in the Lancaster Central School District, died Monday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a brief illness. She was 86.

Born Shirley Warner in Schenectady, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the New York State College for Teachers in Albany, now the University at Albany, and earned a master’s degree from Canisius College.

Mrs. Warner retired from teaching mathematics at Lancaster Central High School in 1992. She taught on and off early in her career at Bowmansville Elementary School.

She was a longtime member of Lancaster Presbyterian Church, where she served as a treasurer, trustee, financial secretary and superintendent of the Sunday school.

Mrs. Martin was a Girl Scout leader and member of the board of directors of the Girl Scout Council of Erie County.

She was a founding member of the Bowmansville Very Little Theatre and a volunteer and past president of the Lancaster Historical Society.

An avid traveler in retirement, she enjoyed visiting family throughout the United States and in Ireland and Argentina.

In addition to her husband of 60 years, Albert E., survivors include two daughters, Kathleen N. and Donna Young; an Argentine daughter, Giselle Courtade; a sister, Barbara Smithies; and three granddaughters.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Lancaster Presbyterian Church, 5461 Broadway.

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