Martha S. Doten, born May 17, 1934, as a fourth generation descendent of the Kelly-Prindiville families that settled in Watsonville after migrating from Ireland in the mid-1800’s, lived all but a few years of her life in the Pajaro Valley, died on January 19, 2020 at the age of 85, at Watsonville Community Hospital.
Martha graduated from Moreland Notre Dame High School, Class of 1952, before heading to Monterey Peninsula College. It was in 1957 when she meet her soon to be husband, Richard M. Doten, married on August 31, 1957 after a three-month courtship, and settled in San Francisco where they gave birth to their four children: Janet, Linda, Arthur and Nancy with-in the first five years of their marriage. It was less than a decade later that Martha insisted in the return to her hometown to be close to her aging mother, and raise her children. In addition to raising her four children, Martha spent many years as a private, in-home babysitter, before she opened a day care at the family home on Palm Ave. where her husband had his photography business. With all her experience in childcare, it came naturally for her to be a patient and loving grandmother, where she participated in the upbringing of her five granddaughters: Melissa, Hillary, Martha, Carmen and Stephanie. When Martha was relieved from her childcare duties, she enjoyed time with others in prayer groups, going for walks and with her family.
In addition to Martha’s four children, and five grandchildren, she is survived by her seven great grandchildren: Laila, Raiden, Isabel, Alina, Logan, Ellie and Gianna, her beloved long-time friend Veronica and Cip Hernandez. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Doten, parents, Kent and Loretta Stewart, brother, Robert Stewart, and her Kelly-Prindiville aunts and uncles. The family gives a special thank you to Cindy Macias, caretaker of four years.
Martha was a devout Catholic, and a lifelong parishioner of St. Patrick’s Church where she received all her sacraments with great devotion and will conclude her final blessing on February 5, 2020. Rosary prayer services to begin at 10:00 a.m. funeral mass service to follow immediately after, with burial services at the Pajaro Valley Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Patrick’s Church, Moreland Notre Dame School, or Grey Bears.
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