Marta Jane Drummond, 71, of Littleton, Colorado, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on June 17th, 2022. The cause was complications of uterine cancer.
There will be a memorial service at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church on Sunday, June 26th, at 1:00 PM. A reception with light refreshments will follow. For those who can not attend the service will be live-streamed here: https://youtu.be/eeNih1rgM-U
Marta's compassion and faith permeated all aspects of her life. Her generosity is best remembered by those lucky enough to call her a daughter, sister, relative, friend, wife, mom, mentor, volunteer, or nurse. Marta’s dry sense of humor, quick wit, and call-it-as-she-sees-it honesty added levity to any situation.
Born March 29th,1951, in Nebraska, she was given the name Marta Jane Petring by her adoptive parents, Don and Donna. Marta often spoke fondly of a charmed upbringing in Lincoln, NE. One treasured moment often recounted during family gatherings involved Marta gleefully playing in the rain as a toddler, wearing only red boots to match her red hair. She adored doting on her younger sister Amy and growing up with her cousins while visiting her grandmother Belle Sweenie in Nemaha, NE.
She attended Saint Luke's Hospital Nursing School in Denver after graduating from Lincoln High School in 1969. During these formative years she met many of her lifelong friends and her husband. She married Dale Clark Drummond at Centennial Lutheran Church on December 30th, 1971. They had a wonderful marriage, welcoming two children into the world. Her daughter Emily Petring was born June 13th, 1975, and her son Eric Paul was born January 13th, 1977.
Marta was a devoted and loving stay-at-home mom who afforded her children every opportunity she could give. She actively participated in her children's interests, serving as a Cub and Girl Scout leader, helping plan Holy Trinity youth group events, and never missing a game or concert. Marta was always the biggest cheerleader in the room.
In the early 1990s Marta returned to nursing and became a strong advocate for the benefits of home care. She loved being a nurse, caring for the sick, and helping people stay in their homes. A lifelong learner, Marta returned to school, earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Metropolitan State College of Denver in May 2001.
After her retirement from nursing, she focused her giving spirit on volunteering for numerous causes.
Marta's deep-rooted faith was evident as an active Holy Trinity Lutheran Church member for more than 45 years. She enjoyed working for the Rocky Mountain Stroke Center, assisting during physical therapy sessions. For many years she mentored elementary school students as a Littleton Public School volunteer. She also participated in the New Beginnings prison ministry, once hosting a returning citizen in her home. She also helped people learn English as a volunteer for the Littleton Immigrant Resource Center.
Outside of volunteering, Marta loved spending time with her family and friends, reading, learning, embroidering, and gardening. Her grandchildren Chloe and Asher were the lights of her life, and she took great joy in reading to them, playing with them, hearing their stories, and laughing with them. She was immensely proud of them both.
Marta lived her life with a servant's heart and touched many lives.
Marta Jane Drummond was preceded in death by her husband of 23 years, Dale; father-in-law Ted; her parents; Donald & Donna Petring; and mother-in-law Rose. She is survived by her daughter, Emily Womack; son, Eric and his wife Ashley Isaacson; grandchildren Chloe & Asher; sister Amy McAninch and her husband Michael; mother-in-law Ruth; numerous relatives; countless friends; cats Belle & Liberty; and beloved dog Lucy.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Berkeley Public Schools Fund BAS-ESL Scholarship fund, which supports immigrants in the U.S. as they transition from ESL classes to community college. Marta was a donor and enthusiastically promoted the scholarship to friends and family.
The BAS-ESL scholarship was born in 2018 when Marta's cousin Jann retired from teaching languages to adults. Small scholarships (totaling more than $16,000) have been awarded to 52 transferring students since 2019
To donate online:
Alternatively, checks may be sent to the BPSF at P.O. Box 2066, Berkeley, CA 94702. Please make checks out to the "Berkeley Public Schools Fund" and include the following memo: "BAS-ESL in memory of Marta Drummond.”
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