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Lois Yvonne Farr

Female 1941 - 2010  (69 years)

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  • Name Lois Yvonne Farr 
    Born 1941  Worsley, , Alberta, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Interesting accident, medical, life story 
    Misfortune 2010  , Haiti Find all individuals with events at this location 
    killed in earthquake 
    Name Lois Yvonne Martin 
    Name Yvonne Farr 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-113420 
    Died 12 Jan 2010  Port-au-Prince, , Ouest, Haiti Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Elmira Union Cemetery, Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I113420  Generations
    Last Modified 27 Jan 2022 

    Family Ronald S. "Ron" Martin 
    Last Modified 27 Jan 2022 
    Family ID F38361  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • MARTIN, Lois Yvonne While serving the Lord and following her passion in Haiti on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 age 67 years. Yvonne Martin (nee Farr) is the beloved wife of Ron Martin of Alma, Ontario. Loved mother of Luke and his wife Sheri of California, Dean and his wife Christine of Kitchener, and Terry and his wife Melanie of Elmira. Loving grandmother to: Olivia, Maya, Frida and David; Rowan, Sonya and Ciara; Eve, Jesse and Asia. Dear sister of Jim and his wife Shirley, Margie Pellegrini and LaVerne and his wife Brenda, all of Alberta. Also lovingly remembered by Arlene Holland and the Beisel family. Predeceased by her parents Fred and Elizabeth Farr. The family will receive their friends and relatives at the Waterloo Mennonite Brethren Church, 245 Lexington Road, Waterloo, on Tuesday, January 19, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where funeral service will be held on Wednesday, January 20, at 2 p.m. Interment will take place in Elmira Union Cemetery. The family requests that you consider both the immediate and long-term needs in Haiti. Donations can be made to the Red Cross or the Mennonite Central Committee for the current earthquake relief effort. In the spirit of continuing Yvonne's vision for Haiti, the family requests that contributions be sent to Evangelical Missionary Church of Canada, 130 Fergus Avenue, Kitchener, ON N2A 2H2 or donate online at www.emcc.ca. Please mark your donation: Martin Memorial Haiti. Funds will be used in Haiti in memory of Yvonne under the Friends of Haiti Project. Arrangements entrusted to the Dreisinger Funeral Home in Elmira.

      The Waterloo Region Record 14 Jan 2010


      An Elmira area resident has been confirmed as one of the casualties of the devastating Haitian earthquake. Yvonne Martin, who worked for more than 30 years as a nurse at Elmira Medical Clinic, was killed in what is being described as the largest earthquake ever recorded in Haiti. The earthquake took place on Tuesday.

      Martin was there as part of a six-member medical missionary team coordinated by Emmanuel Missionary Church of Canada. Martin was killed in the collapse of a guesthouse shortly after arriving in Port-au-Prince Tuesday as part of a team of seven Evangelical Missionary Church of Canada nurses, the church said in a released statement.? The group of nurse volunteers, all from southern Ontario, went to Haiti to provide medical clinics, said Global Initiatives director Lou Geense.?"It's pretty hard to grab a hold of," said Geense. "Not only for our loss but the loss of hundreds and thousands of Haitian people and the people that we work with there."?All six surviving members of the group, all from southern Ontario, are safe, said Geense.

      Dr. Michael Norris said that staff at the medical clinic is still coping with the news, which they received earlier today (Wednesday). "She was just a dedicated nurse," said Norris. "As a person, she wholeheartedly loved and enjoyed people." Norris said that Martin was often a fount of information on patients who attended the clinic, helping doctors get a better sense of how to care for their patients.

      Yvonne Gingrich, a nurse at the clinic who worked with Martin for 26 years, said she is still shocked at the news. "We're just trying to get through the day," said Gingrich. While Martin had retired as a nurse a few years previously, she came back this year to help with the H1N1 influenza clinics held at the centre. "She was a very compassionate, caring person," said Gingrich. Martin's latest trip to Haiti as part of a medical mission team was not the first time she served there. Ellen Krahn, former coordinator of volunteer teams at World Partners, the mission branch of the Emmanuel Missionary Church of Canada, said that Martin has gone to Haiti at least three times as part of a mission team. "She was just a really great lady," said Krahn. "She was very, very kind and compassionate, and had a love for the Haitian people." Krahn said that Martin had opportunities to go on other medical mission trips to other countries, but she would decline. "She wanted to go to Haiti; that's where her heart was."

      Harold Albrecht, Member of Parliament for Kitchener-Conestoga, issued a statement Wednesday afternoon, regarding Martin's death. "My thoughts and prayers are with the Martin family, and with all of those who have suffered as a result of this tragedy," said Albrecht. "Yvonne was in Haiti to help set up mobile clinics. This need still exists. Our government has announced $5 million in immediate humanitarian assistance while the situation is assessed, more will be needed." Albrecht encouraged local residents to contribute to relief efforts in Haiti.

      Martin attended Waterloo Mennonite Brethren church in Waterloo, but representatives from the church declined to comment. The church planned on opening its doors for members who would "like to pray or gather in love for Yvonne or Haiti," according to information on the church's website. The church will be open until 9 p.m. this evening.


      Former pastor Willard Metzger was also in Haiti in time for Tuesday's earthquake. Metzger works for World Vision, and was there as part of a six-member team. Lois Metzger said that she received an email from her husband at 5: 36 p.m. Tuesday, telling her that the hotel was ruined. Her son, Christopher, received a text message later that evening, indicating that the hotel was looking to provide bread and water for its patrons, but that they would be spending the night on the street. "I feel that I'm more blessed than some people that haven't heard anything," said Metzger. "I'm hoping soon to get a call from him.

      Elmira Independent - Online January 13, 2010


      Our world needs more Yvonne Martins

      Yvonne Martin died trying to make Haiti, and the world, a better place. It is difficult to write a more profound epitaph. And it is hard to imagine a nobler cause for which someone could lay down her life.

      No one had forced this Elmira woman to leave the safety of Canada for a medical mission in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. She was under no binding obligation to trade the comfort of her southern Ontario home for the modest Port-au-Prince guest house that collapsed on top of her during the massive earthquake that ravaged the city on Tuesday.

      And most certainly, she did not have to be where she was when disaster struck, no more than 90 minutes after she had arrived in Haiti.
      Martin was 67 years old. She had fully earned her retirement after 36 years of tending the sick and keeping people well in the Elmira Medical Clinic. She had a husband, three sons and 10 grandchildren who loved her dearly. She had cherished friends who valued all she had done for her community. She could have put her feet up, collected her well-earned pension, savoured the sweet, golden years of retirement and, like most of the rest of us, watched the suffering of the third world citizens on television while, at best and from a secure distance, making the occasional charitable donation. But she could and did not.

      Some people try to make the world better by becoming a peacekeeper and picking up a gun. Martin tried to make this world better by joining a medical mission and picking up a stethoscope. She was a soldier in a different kind of army.

      Moved by her strong Christian faith, a faith that called her to help those with the least in life, Martin joined missions to Haiti organized by the Evangelical Missionary Church of Canada. On three previous occasions, she had travelled to Haiti. By all accounts, she had come to love the people of that country. By all accounts, while she was moved by their daily trials and suffering, she was as deeply impressed by their indomitable spirit and intense appreciation of life. And by all accounts, she had made a difference, providing care, both emotional and physical, in one of the places where it was most urgently needed. How sad and how ironic that this trained and experienced provider of health care should die in a natural disaster that made her presence in Haiti more necessary than ever before.

      In saying so much about one woman who was one of the first Canadians to die in the Haitian earthquake, this newspaper does not mean to ignore or detract attention from all those who died in this catastrophe. We know that the number of dead is truly staggering and could exceed 50,000. Meanwhile, in acknowledging the sadness our local community will feel at Martin's passing, we do not mean to overlook or minimize the shock being experienced by countless Canadians who moved here from Haiti or descend from Haitian immigrants. Many of those will be grieving today for family and friends who died this week; countless others will be gripped by agonizing fears and doubts about loved ones whose fate, amid such destruction and chaos, remains unknown.

      But, to a degree and through no conscious wish of her own, Yvonne Martin is for Waterloo Region and much of Canada, the face of the Haitian disaster.

      We mourn her death. Yet we are proud of her life. She represents values in this region and this country that are most endearing and, in all likelihood, should be most enduring. The ability to give to strangers. The willingness to risk threats known and unknown. The courage to sacrifice oneself, if necessary, for the greater good of humanity.

      These are the touchstones of Martin's life. These are what motivate the six other members of her medical mission, five of whom also come from Elmira. How appropriate it would be if Martin's example inspires other Canadians to help the people of Haiti through the donations of money, food or other relief materials. In truth, that would be the greatest memorial, the most imposing monument for a woman who died in the service of others and her God.

      (Editorial, Waterloo Region Record, Kitchener, Ontario) January 15, 2010

  • Sources 
    1. [S602] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - The Waterloo Region Record (March 2008- ), 14 Jan 2010 - Obituary of Lois Yvonne Farr Martin.

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1941 - Worsley, , Alberta, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMisfortune - killed in earthquake - 2010 - , Haiti Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 12 Jan 2010 - Port-au-Prince, , Ouest, Haiti Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Elmira Union Cemetery, Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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