Dessie Sue Martino
Dessie Sue Martino (called Sue by her family), was a genuine, affectionate, and beautiful lady with wit, wisdom, humor and a heart of gold who entered into heaven on Saturday, August 22, 2015. She is survived by her brother Brandon Armstrong, her sister Carol Alvey, three daughters, Carol Sue Smith (Jay), Lisa J. Martino (Jeff), and Tina K. Veesart (Steve), twelve grandchildren, and twenty great-grandchildren plus numerous nieces and nephews.
Sue was born in Nucla, Colorado, on August 15, 1940, to Orgel B. and Naomi M. Armstrong, and was preceded in death by both her parents, her husband Demetro (Tony) Martino, and one of her daughters, Karen R. Schmidt.
Sue’s early years were spent in the small towns of Nucla, Palmer Lake, and Deer Trail in Colorado; and after her marriage to Tony they settled in Gillette, Wyoming. It was there that she worked at both raising their four daughters, and professionally within the Campbell County Senior Citizens Center. She worked at the Senior Citizens Center for about 18 years, and an indication of how she excelled in her professional life is described in the following article from the Gillette News Record paper.
Sue Martino has lived in Gillette 28 years. She is director of the Campbell County Senior Citizens Center, which has made her more aware of the overall community. She is a member of the Wyoming Association of Senior Project Directors, National Council on the Aging, Inc., National Association of Nutrition and Aging, Wyoming Rural Transit Program and board member of the Campbell County Council of Community Services. She and her husband have four daughters, and seven grandchildren.
Upon retirement from the Senior Citizens Center in Gillette, Sue moved to Rifle, Colorado, so she could be near and care for her aging step-father. During that time she also was employed at the Veterans Nursing Home in Rifle. After the death of her step-father in 2001, she remained in Rifle, until 2007 when she moved to Elko, Nevada, to be near one of her daughters. In Elko, Sue attended the Elko Assembly of God Church, and was active with many friends in the Elko Senior Center.
The family will forego a Memorial at this time, but a private celebration for family and friends will be announced at a subsequent date. In lieu of cards or flowers, please consider donations to the Campbell County Senior Citizen’s Center, The American Lung Association, The Elko Assembly of God Church, or your own favorite charity in Sue’s name.
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