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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.


Bachelor of Arts with honors, York University, Canada, 1969. Bachelor of Library Science, U. Toronto, Canada, 1970. Master of Library Science, U. B.C., 1975.

Librarian Cambrian College, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, 1970-1971. Reference librarian Memorial U. Library, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada, 1971-1973. Librarian Skamokawa Community Library, Washington, 1974^.

Guest curator furniture Washington State exhibit Seattle Museum History and Industry, 1986. Research assistant, consultant to Oregon attorney general, Portland, 1979-1980.


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.


  • Ordained priest Diocese Olympia, 1992.



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.

Harold Bennell

Evelyn (Thistleton) Bennell

Kent Oliver Martin

Varsha Serena Martin

Menoka Sybilla Martin