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  Dorothy Martin, 83, was a mother of seven, a grandmother of 14 and a respiratory therapist at Citizens Medical Center. She was also an active Catholic, the love of an 86-year-old man’s life and represents the third generation of her family to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

  Martin was being cared for mostly by her husband of 62 years, Owen Martin, until he called in the help of his daughter, Joyce Martin, who relocated back to the house that she grew up in Victoria in August of 2010.

  “My mother has definitely taught me patience…” Joyce said of caring for her through her battle with the fatal disease.

  Her condition worsened little by little since she was diagnosed in 2005.


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  In October 2010 she barely spoke, needed her meals made for her and needed help with other every-day tasks.

  As the months passed she spoke less, fed herself less and needed even more help and care, a normal progression of Alzheimer’s. However, even in the face of a terminal illness and a steadily worsening condition she was always surrounded by a dedicated, loving family.  

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