Marta Mellinger, beloved wife and mother, died from a rare form of ovarian cancer on Sept. 13, 2013. She was 60 years old.
Marta was born in Santa Monica, Calif., on Nov. 11, 1952, the eldest daughter of John and Mary Ellan Mellinger of Newton, Iowa, whose work ethic and small town values became the core of Marta’s life. Her childhood was graced with a passion for reading, writing and sports. Marta graduated from Iowa State University in 1974 with degrees in Theater and English, the latter of which she used in her first job working for the Des Moines Register writing obituaries and theater reviews. Following her heart and her love for the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, she moved to Oregon in 1975.
Every summer Marta returned to her beloved Des Moines YMCA Family Camp in Boone, Iowa to reconnect with her extended family and friends. She later transferred that love to her husband, daughters and other friends.
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