Martha Flavia Newcomb

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Vancouver Funeral Chapel | Funeral Homes Vancouver WA
110 East 12th Street
Vancouver, WA

June 30, 1907~March 16, 2011

The world lost an amazing person when Martha Newcomb died at age 103. Martha Flavia Bossuyt was born in Wevelgem, Belgium where she was raised by her Grandmother, Virginia, after her parents immigrated to the United States.
When Martha was 12 years old, she and her Grandmother left Belgium, joining the family (which now included four brothers and sisters) on a farm outside of Olympia, WA.
Martha married John T. Hoffer (died 1959) and they resided in Olympia. Martha and Johnny had one daughter, Virginia Rebecca, who preceded Martha in death in 2007.
As everyone who ever met Martha knows, she was an incredible one-of-a-kind person who had a wonderful love of life. She thoroughly enjoyed traveling anywhere and everywhere. Martha particularly enjoyed the many trips she took to Europe with her family.
She was always fiercely independent and lived by herself until just five weeks before her death.
Martha had a wonderful sense of humor and kept us all in stitches with her wit, advice and love of food.
She was a founding volunteer at the American Cancer Society Discovery Shop in Vancouver in 1984. She volunteered there twice a week until just a few months before her death. She loved her work at the "shop" and leaves behind numerous friends there.
Her beloved son-in-law, Jim Andresen, who was by her side when she passed away, survives Martha. She is also survived by her granddaughter, Sue Andresen (Dennis Kirkpatrick) of Bainbridge Island; great-granddaughter, Carrie Kirkpatrick of San Jose, CA; and her French "granddaughter" and husband, Cathy and Raymond Maudet, Cholet, France.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 26, at Vancouver Funeral Chapel, 110 E. 12th St., Vancouver, WA.
Please send any memorial donations to the ACS Discovery Shop, 2011 Main St., Vancouver, WA 98660.
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Published in The Columbian on Mar. 22, 2011
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