Pauline “Pat” Martin had an encounter with Jesus when she was in her early 30s, and wanted everyone to know about Christ and how to have a relationship with Him, said her daughter, Mary Hupp.
“She was one of the friendliest people you could meet,” she said. “She enjoyed sharing her passion for Christ with others.”
Pauline “Pat” Martin, 88, of Portage and formerly of Washington Township, died Sept. 1. She had been a school bus driver for 32 years, and had taught in a one-room schoolhouse in Nebraska.
She was preceded in death by Carl Martin, her husband of 66 years, in 2010.
She was a member of the Valparaiso and Kouts Mennonite Churches for more than 50 years.
Martin was interested in the spiritual well being of those around her, and had made numerous mission trips. She had made 10 such trips to India, and felt a special kinship with the people there.
She enjoyed traveling, and had been to Mexico, Greece, Taiwan and Israel.
While she was traveling, she enjoyed getting to know the people and the culture, and not just focus on the destination itself, her daughter said.
Hupp said she admired her mothers perseverance, and the way she saw God’s will even during times of hardship.
Six months after her husband died, the family farmhouse burned to the ground.
Hupp said her mother’s words struck her as they watched the home being destroyed.
“She said the house was only wood, hay and stubble. She quoted Scripture to me,” Hupp said. “It amazed me that that’s what her attitude was.”