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Mary Ellen Martin

February 10, 1935 - January 20, 2021

Mary Ellen Martin, age 85, of Bear, DE, passed away on Wednesday, January 20, 2021.

Born in Crisfield, MD on February 10, 1935, she was the daughter of the late Edgar Cullen Peyton and Kathleen (Cox) Ward. Mary Ellen graduated from Crisfield High School. She met her husband, Albert “Al” Martin, while he was serving in the U.S. Navy. Following their marriage, the couple moved to Franklin, IN then 2 years later to Newark, where they raised their family. Mary Ellen took pride in being a homemaker and raising her children. She enjoyed visits to their beach home, especially with her family. Mary Ellen was an active member of Kingswood United Methodist Church and a 40-year Girl Scouts of the USA fellow. She and Al shared a love of travel, and visited many wonderful places together. Mary Ellen was an avid doll collector and nature enthusiast, and delighted in watching domestic and wild animals. She will always be remembered as a people person and joyful spirit.

In addition to her parents, Mary Ellen was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Albert Kenton Martin and daughter, Lori Martin Copson. She is survived by her children, David Martin (Kelli) and Sandra Lantz (Brian); grandchildren, Jennifer Copson (George Heckert), Jeffrey Copson, Jessica Berkeridge (Stephen), and Scott Martin; and great grandchildren, Jackson and Ian Heckert, Evan Berkeridge, and Rhiley Copson.

All services will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay, 225 Baltimore Pike, Newark, DE 19702 or Kingswood United Methodist Church, 300 Marrows Road, Newark, DE 19713 or Cheyla’s Rescue Foundation, 3930 Red Lion Road, Bear, DE 19701.


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  • So sorry for your loss. It is so hard to realize that she is gone? She will be missed.

  • I was so sorry to hear of Mary Ellen’s passing. She was a wonderful friend and we had many great times together. She will be in my prayers.


  • So sorry for the loss but be assured she is now enjoying being with A.K. (Al) and Lori with her always loving smile.

  • Thinking of Mary Ellen and many years of beach memories with that “Eastern shore” woman. She a woman of the beautiful, enviable true platinum blonde hair and fearlessness when handling gross sea (and land) creatures. She a woman of the highest love for her children and grands and her husband. Peace and sweet memories to her family as they celebrate the good life of a good woman.

  • What a wonderful lady. Not only was she one of our customers but a nice person to chit chat with about her trips to Shady Maple.
    Just recently, she talked of her Grandson living with her and what a joy he was to her. We at Harley Services will truly miss
    Mrs. Martin


  • So sorry to hear of Mary Ellen’s passing. We were in Girl Scouts together for many years. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
    Marilyn Hurley

  • I met Mary Ellen through Girl Scouts. I have so many happy memories of our time together. Her friendship, generosity, and hospitality are treasured memories. Deepest sympathies to the family.

  • So sorry for your loss. Mary Ellen will be missed at Kingswood UMC. Ed and I enjoyed many wonderful Sundays talking with Mary Ellen and sharing memories. Prayers for the family.

  • Many memories of time spent with Aunt Mary Ellen and uncle Kenton and cousins. Sad to realize we’ve lost almost all of that generation. But we are who we because of them. Prayers with you all as you go through this time.

  • Mary Ellen was a great friend. I met her through Girl Scouts and she was a great friend and mentor. I will truly miss her. So sorry for your loss. Please let us know if you need anything or if we can help in anyway.

  • Sandra & David, we were sorry to read about your mother’s passing. We will remember the good times at the beach eating crabs and playing cards. Carol and Jerry

  • I was so sorry to read about Mary Ellen’s passing. I knew Mary Ellen through Girl Scouts. She dedicated many years to organizing troops for the girls in Unit 17 of the Chesapeake Bay. I remember the time that she let my troop camp out in tents in the woods on her property. My sympathy to David and Sandra and their families.

  • I had the privilege to be a part of the Girl Scout community she helped build. I will always have happy memories of those times. Deepest sympathy to the family.

  • I am sorry to hear of Mary Ellen’s passing. I met Mary Ellen through Girl Scout’s and the Brookside Neighborhood Troops. I enjoyed working with her for many years. My deepest sympathy to the family.

  • I am sorry to hear that Mary Ellen passed away. I have many warm memories of the times we spent together while traveling together – many trips including Wildwood, Rehoboth, West Virginia & San Antonio, TX. She shared lots of wonderful family memories with me with stories of The Eastern Shore, Bethany Beach, and family gatherings. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

    Janet Graham

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Martin family. Mrs. Martin was a very gentle and loving person, who will be missed by many.
    Lonnie & Jim Copson

  • I will miss Aunt Mary Ellen’s beautiful smile and how welcome she always made you feel. She had such a love for all of her family and you could really feel that love. She will be missed greatly! Your family will be in our prayers.

  • So sorry to hear of Mary Ellen’s passing.
    She was a beautiful lady inside and out.
    We send sincere sympathy your way as you navigate life without Mary Ellen.
    Love and hugs to your family.
    Nancy & Bob Martin

  • So sorry for your loss Mary Ellen was a special person and I will miss her very much!