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Martha L. Hunt, 98, retired elementary teacher active as volunteer

March 1, 1921 — May 9, 2019

Martha L. Hunt, a retired teacher who was active as a volunteer in Hamburg and Evans, died May 9 in Autumn View Health Care Facility, Hamburg, where she had been a resident for the past year. She was 98.

Born Martha Louise Rood in Hamilton, Ont., the second of five children, she was a 1939 graduate of Blasdell High School and earned a degree in elementary education from Fredonia Normal School.

She began her career in the Hamburg schools in 1943 and taught first grade for many years in the Frontier Central School District’s Blasdell Elementary School. While a teacher, she tutored children for free, visited sick youngsters at home and invited others to her home to work on their reading skills.

Mrs. Hunt was active with the American Field Service, which arranged to bring exchange students from other countries to local schools. She sponsored students from Austria, France and Colombia.

As a member of Union Presbyterian Church in Blasdell, where she was chosen as a Woman of the Year, she was a Sunday school teacher, junior church leader, junior youth group leader and a deacon.

At the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Angola, where she was the oldest member, she was known for her baking for church activities and fundraisers. At the age of 96, she made more than 30 pies and hundreds of cookies for the church’s strawberry social.

Accomplished as a seamstress, she made wedding dresses for her family and costumes for school and church events. At both her churches, she embroidered altar cloths for all church seasons. She was a member of the Stitcheri and Tuesday Sewing Groups at First Congregational Church and made clothing protectors and lap pads for Cradle Beach and for seniors.

She was a member of the Town of Hamburg Historical Society for more than 50 years, where she served as an officer and head librarian and assisted in numerous fundraisers.

She also was a Girl Scout leader for more than 10 years.

The National Geographic Society recognized her as the longest subscriber to its magazine.

Her husband of 41 years, George A. Hunt, a Ford Stamping Plant production worker who helped organize the United Auto Workers union there, died in 1985.

Survivors include two daughters, Georgianna Murphy and Diana Collopy; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 9, in the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 132 N. Main St., Angola.

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