Martha Mae Brown, aka "Marti," born Dec. 16, 1932, led an engaging, adventurous earthly life until Nov. 25, 2017. Having no known surviving family, many friends want to let the greater community know of her moving on to other worlds.
She was native Coloradan, born in Golden, to loving parents and one older brother. Always a lover of animals, her three dogs and two cats mourn the loss of their dear companion.
Marti was always on the move; exploring, learning and creating fun for herself and others. Gifted with skills and confidence, she touched uncountable lives in occupations as varied as being the first woman ski instructor in Loveland, leading mine tours in Central City, ranching, serving as Colorado Chapter President of the American Association of University Women, as well as several jobs in health care, especially serving those with dramatic memory loss with respect and validation, getting them up dancing with joy. She was an officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve, ran the Leadville burro race twice, taught many subjects including drama, English and sports. So loved was she that her students voted her "Mother of the Year" in Crawford.
She publicly demonstrated multiple artistic talents in murals, drawings, crafts, even set designs for plays she coaxed students to perform. A priority in her heart was always music, immersing herself in Broadway tunes, opera, popular songs, singalongs and was able to instantly create parodies out of any of those genres, keeping her wit ever active.
Endowed with a sensitivity for words and their meanings coupled with interest in the workings of our minds, her two college degrees in English and Psychology were a given. Despite her vast intelligence she was also admired for being down to earth with everyone. She never beat around the bush. You could count on her honesty, straight-forwardness and lasting friendship.
In her later years, as physical limitations unfolded in vision and eventually with internal organs shutting down, she lived her life vicariously through stories friends shared of their travels or adventures. Those last years were tough to endure, not being free to drive herself and dogs to walk in areas much loved by them. The consistent movement and appreciation of the outdoors every day with her canine family is indicative of how she always lived her life in fullness and gratitude. So shall we who cherish her.