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Posted: Friday, February 22, 2019 12:45 pm

Martha Mann Moore, a native of Coronado, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2019 from small cell lung cancer. Following a brief stay at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, she spent her last two days peacefully at Sharp Parkview Hospice Home. Her three sons maintained a loving vigil.

Martha was born in Coronado April 5, 1940 at the “old Bayberry Tree store” to Mildred and Hoyt Mann. As a Naval aviator, her father moved the family back and forth across the United States and the family spent three different tours of duty in Coronado: 1940, 1947 and 1952.

Martha graduated from George Washington High School, Alexandria, Virginia in 1957 and entered Alexandria School of Nursing. She obtained her RN in 1960 and spent the next 55 years in the field of nursing.

In 1972, she returned to Coronado following a marriage, with three young sons. For six years, she was an ICU nurse at Coronado Hospital, supporting her boys in their school sports events of the swim team and track and field. Among other volunteer services, she participated in the medical care of Vietnam refugees as they were placed in the Camp Pendleton refugee camps in the mid-70s.

In 1978 she purchased a home, helped by longtime Coronado Realtor Ted Runyan in Chula Vista which would be her “forever home.”

Leaving Coronado Hospital in 1978, Martha continued her nursing at several San Diego hospitals and in 1984 began her tenure at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, which at the time was Chula Vista Community Hospital. She rose to become the night administration liaison for over 30 years before her retirement in 2015.

During her working years, always at night so she could be available to help her sons during the day, she volunteered in the Chula Vista Literary Program and participated in a quilting program creating quilts for retiring Sharp Chula Vista Hospital nurses. Artistically multi-talented, she knitted afghans for family members and friends, crocheted beautiful dresses for story-book dolls, which she could have sold at our Artisan’s Alley in Coronado, but she grew to love them so much she couldn’t give them up! She also learned to lay tile, and retiled most of the floors and bathrooms in her home.

Martha leaves her three sons: Michael (Esperanza), Roger (Sandy), and Chris (Kelly); four grandchildren Melissa (Nav) Mahdavi, Emma Moore, Henry Moore and Archer Moore. Also her sister and brother-in-law Sara and John Wells.

In keeping with her life of generous giving, she instructed to have her body donated to science at UCSD Medical Center.

A celebration of her life was held on Feb. 9 a the home of Sara and John Wells.