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Irene Elizabeth Martin

Irene Elizabeth Martin, British librarian, writer. Ordained priest Diocese Olympia, 1992. Grantee, Washington State Library Commission, 1983, 1984, Washington Commission on Humanities, 1984, National Coastal Resources Research and Development Institute, 1986.


  • Martin, Irene Elizabeth was born on July 8, 1946 in Southsea, England. Arrived in the United States, 1973. Daughter of Harold and Evelyn (Thistleton) Bennell.

  • Education

    • Bachelor with honors, York University of Canberra, 1969. Bachelor of Liberal Studies, University Toronto, 1970. Master of Library Science, University British Columbia, 1975.


    • Library. Cambrian College, Sudbury, Canada, 1970—1971. Reference library Memorial University Library, St. John's, 1971—1973. Library Skamokawa Community Library., Skamokawa, Washington, since 1974.

      Advisor Wahkiakum County Bicentennial Committee, Cathalmet, Washington, 1975—1976, Columbia River Estuary Data Development Program, Astoria, Oregon, 1977—1982. Advisory Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission, since 2005. Research assistant and consultant Oregon Attorney General, Portland, 1979—1980.

      Guest curator furniture Washington state exhibit Seattle Museum History and Industry, 1986.

    Major achievements

    • Ordained priest Diocese Olympia, 1992.


    • Legacy and Testament: The Story of Columbia River Gillnetters
    • Featuring your favorite Disney characters, these bestselling storybook collections have been completely redesigned with all new covers, gilded pages, newly edited text, and a classic new look with over 250 illustrations—including full-page artwork from the Disney archives.
    • Sea Fire: Tales of Jesus and Fishing
    • A rare gift book for every fisher-man and woman! An award-winning author, theologian, and Episcopal priest, Martin brings together her love of Bible study and fishing in this fascinating and unexpected encounter with the Jesus who was raised in a fishing culture.
    • Skamokawa: Sad Years, Glad Years
    • This book covers the early history in Skamokawa, Washington including churches and cemeteries, early school days, first farms, the Bayview cannery, and logging.


    Denomination: Episcopalian


    Trustee Columbia River Maritime Museum, since 2009. Board member Lower Columbia Fish Recovery Board, 2010. President Northwest Fishermen's Wives Association, Astoria, Oregon, 1984.

    Board directors and historian Friends of Skamokawa Foundation, 1986. Board directors St. James Family Center, since 1985, Lower Columbia Regional Fisheries Enhancement Group, 2003—2005.


    • Married Kent Oliver Martin, April 25, 1973. Children: Varsha Serena, Menoka Sybilla.
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    Born July 8, 1946
    (age 71)
    • 1969
      York University
    • 1970
      University Toronto
    • 1975
      University British Columbia
    • 1970 - 1971
      Library Cambrian College
      Sudbury, Massachusetts, United States
    • 1971 - 1973
      reference library Memorial University Library
    • 1974
      library Skamokawa Community Library
      Skamokawa, Washington, United States