Helen Christine Hermanson Martin, (age 100), passed away peacefully on January 2, 2019, in Silver Spring, MD.  She was born May 5, 1918, to parents Harold and Christine Hermanson, in New Mexico.  Although born in New Mexico, the family moved to Minnesota where they raised their six children before moving to Washington, DC in 1937.

Helen married Clyde Wilson Martin October 1, 1939 and had two children:  Robert and Claudia.  Helen became a single mother after Clyde’s passing in1947, and immediately went to work to support her children.

Helen’s career of 34 years was spent at Army Mutual Aid Association, located at Ft. Myers, Arlington VA.  In her “spare time” she was an active member of the Eastern Star, holding many of the top offices.  Also, her love for her Norwegian heritage led her to join Sons of Norway and “dove in” to help the organization grow.  But, her real love was cooking, especially in the kitchen of her local Lutheran church, catering, and opening her home to family, friends and acquaintances!

Family was an extremely important part of Helen’s life.  The Hermanson family got together for any and all occasions:  holidays, birthdays, Sunday chicken dinner at Granny Hermanson’s, etc.

Fun-filled fellowship with a lot of food, laughter and dancing!  A closeness that defines family:  caring for one another with unconditional love and sacrificial giving, through thick and thin; sharing each other’s victories and disappointments.

Traveling was also a great adventure for Helen:  road trips with sister Mary; family trips back to Minnesota to visit relatives; cruises through the Panama Canal and Baltic Sea; or crossing the country for Eastern Star conventions.  There are a lot of stores, followed with laughter, to be told about the “adventures of Helen!”

Helen has certainly left an indelible mark on those who came in contact with her:  a love for her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ; a winning and warm smile; kind heart; loving words and a genuine interest in each person she met.

Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Martin; son, Robert Martin; her two sisters, Mary Schwenker and Doris Huffman; three brothers, Lloyd Hermanson, Harold Hermanson and Robert Hermanson and grandson, Hans Jacobson.

Surviving is daughter, Claudia Jacobson and her husband, Herman; daughter-in-law Bonnie Martin; five grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.

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