Anna Lee (Over) Martin, a resident of Manhattan Beach, passed away September 6th at the age of 87.
She was born to Cyrus and Clara (Kagarise) Over on a dairy farm in Pennsylvania on February 20, 1934.
The youngest of four children, she had two brothers, Maynard and Byron, and a sister, Louise. She enjoyed growing up with the farm animals, her favorite being a pig. She was quite active in high school, including being a cheerleader. Following high school she enrolled at Juaniata college where she was the 1954 college May Queen and graduated with a BS degree in mathematics. It was there that she met her future husband John Martin. They were married on September 3, 1954.
In 1955 Anna Lee, also known as Ann, and John moved to Illinois for a year of graduate school where she got her teaching credential. The following year they moved back to Pennsylvania where she was hired by IBM as a customer service engineer, a rare position for a female in those days.
In 1959 they moved to California where John had accepted a job offer from Hughes Aircraft Company. Ann continued to work for IBM until later that year when their first child, a son, was born. Two more children followed, a daughter in 1961 and another son in 1963. After the children got older she was a high school math teacher for six years and then joined Hughes as a system engineer, utilizing her computer skills for eleven years until she retired in 1989.
Ann and John lived in Gardena, California from 1959 until they moved to Manhattan Beach in 1972. During their time in Gardena Ann joined a local babysitting coop, was an active church member and a member of the PTA. During her years in Manhattan Beach she expanded her activities. She became an Area Coordinator for the Neighborhood Watch organization, joined the League of Women Voters and worked as an election clerk. In 2018 she was honored as the Volunteer of the Year for her work on the Neighborhood Watch.
Anna had a number of hobbies. In 1979 she took up running and became a member of the Manhattan Beach 10K Run Committee, serving for over 20 years. She competed in many 5K and 10K runs and even ran one marathon. She enjoyed playing bridge, traveling, gardening, reading and cooking among other activities.
Ann is survived by her husband John, children Tom, Terri Romine and John as well as grandchildren Daniel Romine, Jessica Martin, Brian Romine, Cassidy Martin and Kevin Romine.
Published by The Beach Reporter on Sep. 28, 2021.