March 18, 1930 - March 22, 2013
Cecilie was born in La Mesa, California on March 18, 1930, the only child of Ruth Francis and Charles A. Irwin.
Cecilie graduated from Grossmont High School in 1947 and later received a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from U. C. Davis. In 1971, she graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a master’s degree in clinical psychology. She practiced marriage and family counseling in Fallon and Reno before moving to Dillingham, Alaska in the early ‘80s, where she continued working in the mental health field.
At Davis, she met Thomas Walter Martin. They married in 1951 and moved to Fallon in 1954 where they raised three children, Tommi Ann Reynolds (Ray), Dawn Pietra Toulouse (Kelly) and Arne Lee Martin (Leslie).
While in Alaska, Cecilie learned to fly. She logged thousands of air miles over Alaska, Canada, the western U. S. and as far south as Mexico.
After retiring, she and her dogs, Gertie, then Yodel, spent many contented summers hiking in the tundra and looking over Bear Bay from her cabin on the shore of Lake Aleknagik, returning to Fallow just before freeze-up each year. Winters were spent visiting with family and walking near Harmon Reservoir. The last few years of her life were spent at home, on her ranch east of Fallon, where she died at the age of 83.
Aka, as she was known to family and friends, was a mother, rancher and bush pilot. She was a personal and professional counselor and confidante to many. In addition to her children, family left behind includes six grandchildren; Tom Martin and Russ and Julie Rolf. At Cecilie’s request she will be cremated and no services will be held.