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Betty Jean Martin remembered for her song

Monday, February 27, 2012 | 6:19 p.m. CST; updated 6:29 p.m. CST, Monday, February 27, 2012

When the Planters Peanut Factory opened in the mid-1940s in San Francisco, Betty Jean Martin had the honor of singing "The Star-Spangled Banner." She earned $25 for her performance.

Mrs. Martin's son, Mike Martin, said his mother was renowned in San Francisco for her singing.

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"She had a beautiful soprano voice," her daughter, Susan Martin, said in an email.

Mrs. Martin of San Francisco died Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012. She was 86.

She was born July 9, 1925, in Williamsburg to Robert and Susie (Hamilton) Tate.

In April 1945, Mrs. Martin married Mel Martin. The two were married for 60 years, until his death in 2005.

Mrs. Martin was a founding member of the Hillside Church of God in San Francisco. There, she was able to showcase her singing talent by leading the choir.

Susan Martin also described Mrs. Martin as "a brilliant business woman." For 22 years, Mrs. Martin was the director of the Hillside Nursery School, which her daughter said cared for 80 to 100 children.

Mrs. Martin is survived by a daughter, Susan Martin; two sons, Mike Martin and Bob Martin and his wife, Denise; and a grandson, Scott Eli Martin, all of San Francisco.


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