In Memory of



Obituary for Virginia Martin


1931 - 2023

Virginia Martin died on December 31, 2023, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, surrounded by the love of her family. She was born in Wisconsin and had lived in Winnipeg since 1969.

She is survived by her two children, Tim and his wife Fatima of Minaki, Ontario and Sarah Martin and her partner Diane of St. John's, Newfoundland; two granddaughters, Jena Lenzi (husband Corrado), Delta, BC and Natasha Martin (husband Mads Iverson) of Neom, Saudi Arabia and four great-grandchildren, Nico and Luca Lenzi and Theo and Josefine Iverson. She was predeceased by her parents, and her only sister, Beverly. Her husband Robert M. Martin died in 2014 after 61 years of marriage.

She was fortunate to enjoy travels with her husband and family to many places in North America, Europe, Africa and South America. She also shared many happy times with four generations of her family and many friends at the family cottage in Minaki, Ontario. In later years she maintained the cottage with the help of family and neighbours at the lake.

She was a dedicated professional both to her students and to her professional associations. She researched and wrote about the history of the professions in Canada. For her contributions, she received the Award for Outstanding Professional Achievement in 1985 from the national association and in 1993 the honours of the Manitoba Speech and Hearing Association. In 2004 she was awarded the Life Time Achievement Award from the national association and in 2014 its Presidential Citation for outstanding service to Speech-Language & Audiology Canada and significant contributions to the advancement of communication health. Among her publications is A History of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology in Canada. Our first 50 years.
A Memorial Service will be held at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Winnipeg, 603 Wellington Crescent, Winnipeg on February 4, 2023 at 2:00 p.m.

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In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in her memory to "Archives of the History of the Professions of Speech-Language and Audiology in Canada Fund" at the Winnipeg Foundation, One Lombard Place, Winnipeg R3B 0X3 email