August 22, 2014 - Buffalo News
Lancaster Regional Players pays tribute to Shirley Martin, one of the founders of Bowmansville Very Little Theatre in 1964. She retained her membership in the group for 50 years, through the transition of the group to Lancaster-Depew Community Theater and now, Lancaster Regional Players. We were saddened by the news of her passing in August.
In Memoriam: Shirley Martin (April 4, 1928 – August 18, 2014)
Shirley W. Martin, a retired math teacher in the Lancaster Central School District, died Monday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst NY, 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. Martin 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 (now the Lancaster Regional Players) 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 AM Saturday April 23 in Lancaster Presbyterian Church, 5461 Broadway.
Lancaster Regional Players, PO Box 51, Lancaster, NY 14086