Doris J. Martz of Sligo will celebrate her 90th birthday on May 25.

She was born on May 25, 1927 in Climax, to Thomas and Cora Mae(Boyer) Uplinger.

She is the last surviving member of her immediate family.

Her son, Ken, lives in Seale, Ala. and her son, Doug, lives in San Padre Island, Texas. Her daughters, Sue Jeffers and Linda Martz, live along South Reidsburg Road in Sligo.

She married Alfred Martz on December 24, 1947. They met in Kittanning, where she worked as a waitress and Al drove a taxi. They lived in Widnoon, Armstrong County until 1950 when they bought the Carl Henry farm in Monroe Township, Clarion County. For the next 26 years they raised Holstein dairy cattle, milked cows, bought other farms and expanded to using milking parlors.

Mrs. Martz was very active. She raised three children, Ken, Sue and Linda, on the farm. She woke early every morning to milk cows, then she milked again every evening. She fed the young calves their bottles and saw to their care. She cleaned the milk tanks, bailed hay, cooked all the meals, sold Avon, ran for parts and loved and cared deeply for her family. In 1969, her husband’s son, Doug, came into her life and she loved him like her own children. She taught her family how to love and be generous.

She and Al retired to Mesa, Ariz. in 1977, after they lost the cattle to Bang’s Disease. There she discovered a new found talent for painting flowers and landscapes. She and Al joined a weekly card club in their retirement community and attended weekly bingo games. While there she won a trip to Hawaii, and she and Al enjoyed touring that beautiful state. They loved Arizona and had a second home in the mountains in Payson, Ariz., so they could stay year round.

They also began to collect antique furniture and dishes during retirement. She managed three consignment stores in Arizona to sell the antiques and attended numerous auctions in Arizona and Pennsylvania to purchase antiques. They would haul Amish furniture to Arizona to sell and haul pickup truck beds and china closets purchased in Ohio back to Pennsylvania to sell. Before purchasing the home in Payson, Ariz. they would spend their summers in Pennsylvania renting a house on Route 66 near Frogtown, attending auctions, buying antiques, then leaving in October for Arizona with the antiques to stock the stores in Arizona.

She was Al’s caregiver from 1993 to 1996 during his serious illness. After his death on Feb. 1, 1996, she sold the properties in Arizona and moved back to Pennsylvania where she now resides with her daughter Linda. Mrs. Martz enjoys doing crossword puzzles, playing cards, and attending the Senior Center in Distant every week. She spends her time loving Linda’s dogs, watching the Steelers, Pirates, Cubs, Penguins and Jeopardy. She has 13 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren.

Her philosophy of life is “Life is too short for families to fight, we need to forgive and get over it,” and “Get your big girl pants on and get er done.”

Cards can be mailed to 4220 South Reidsburg Rd., Sligo, PA 16255.

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