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07/27/2023 10:26 AM

Margot Martin

Margot Martin unexpectedly passed away from natural causes in her home in Fayetteville, Arkansas, on May 21.

She led a very active life. Her calendar was filled with social engagements involving dear friends and volunteer work with several organizations whose causes she cared about deeply. She was planning on celebrating her 86th birthday on the weekend. She was born May 27, 1937, in New Haven. In 1964, after graduating from Vassar and receiving a master’s from Yale, she moved to Fayetteville with her husband, Duncan Martin, who had just taken a position with the University of Arkansas as a zoology professor. She worked throughout her life teaching Spanish and Latin at Fayetteville High School, then teaching Spanish to University students at the U of A. Once she retired from teaching, she became a longtime volunteer for NW Arkansas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children). She also served as a program manager for CEO (Community Emergency Outreach) for decades. She has been an active member of St. Thomas’s Church and a close friend to many members of the community. She provided loving support for her family and many friends.

She is survived by her son Ian Martin and his wife Katie Remell; her daughter Siobhan Martin; and grandson James Ferlazzo; as well as her brother James G. Kenefick Jr.; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 5, at St. George Church, 33 Whitfield Street, Guilford. She will be greatly missed. The family is requesting donations to NW Arkansas Casa. In lieu of flowers, Make A Donation — CASA of Northwest Arkansas, 3825 Cawood Lane, Springdale, AR 72762; ( Arrangements are in care of the Guilford Funeral Home, 115 Church Street, Guilford. To share a memory or leave condolences, visit