Anne Frances Martin

May 09, 1937 - February 21, 2024


Obituary For Anne Frances Martin

Anne Frances Martin (PhD), aged 86, of Chicago Illinois since 1966, formerly of Dublin Ireland, born May 9, 1937 to parents Francis and Patricia J D’Arcy (nee O’Keefe). Anne passed away peacefully February 21, 2024 after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s Disease. She is survived by her two sons Gavin and Shannon (nee Kennedy) and Terence (Darrell) and Mary (nee Keeton). Adoring grandmother to Kellie (Darrell and Mary). She is survived by family and friends in County Cork, County Westmeath and Dublin, Ireland (Fitzgerald, O’Keefe, MacDonald and D’Arcy). She is also survived by cousins (O’Herns), colleagues and friends throughout the USA.

Anne attended and finished her undergraduate degree at University College Dublin, Ireland. She received her PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Cambridge, England. Anne had a long and fruitful career as a research scientist and professor at the University of Chicago, University of Cincinnati and University of Illinois at Chicago (whereupon she retired). She was a parish member and regularly attended Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago. Anne was a loving and involved mother to her sons, which included being a hockey and soccer mom. She loved art, music and literature and continued to take courses in these areas through her retirement. Anne traveled to and explored distant lands including Africa, India, Europe, Central and South America and the Arctic Circle.

An Irish Blessing:

“If roses grow in heaven, Lord please pick a bunch for me,

Place them in my mother’s arms and tell her they’re from me.

Tell her I love her and miss her, and when she turns to smile,

Place a kiss upon her cheek and hold her for awhile.

Because remembering her is easy, I do it every day,

But there’s an ache within my heart that will never go away.”

A Memorial Service honoring the life of Anne Martin will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, March 9, 2024 at Ryan Funeral Home, 2418 N. Sherman Ave., Madison, WI. A visitation will take place two hours prior to the service, from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Michael J Fox Parkinson's Foundation, Parkinson's Disease Foundation, World Wildlife Federation, the Gene Siskel Film Center at the Art Institute of Chicago, Alzheimer's Association, and Catholic Charities. To view and sign this guestbook, please visit:

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  • March 09, 2024

    Dear Mom, It been a long time since I have written to you. I miss you and love you very much. You have been the mostly loving caring mom I could ever have hoped for. You will be in my heart everyday until we can hug each other again. Your loving son Darrell

  • March 06, 2024

    It turns out I've always been a momma's boy. I will deeply miss your mortal presence. Your spirit will continue be with me and guide me. Thank you Mom. I love you Mom. ❤️ Gavin

  • March 01, 2024

    Auntie Anne let us use her flat in Dublin when we visited in 2008. I still remember the 3 or 4 pages of instructions about everything to know. When we stayed in a condo earlier in that trip, I would have loved to have such guidance on the differences between the US and Ireland. And I'll never forget how proud I felt when she asked me for advice on a lecture she was going to give to physical therapy students.

  • February 29, 2024

    My sincerest and deepest condolences to the Martin families! May God bless and keep you all close to Him and His heart. Your mom was a pleasure to meet and talk to. Darryl Dravland Cincinnati

  • February 29, 2024

    A dear friend since the 1960s.

  • February 29, 2024

    To Gavin,Darrell,Shannon,Mary & Kellie our deepest sympathies,we have wonderful memories of Anne growing up as she spent many holidays with us. Auntie Pat and Anne were a huge part of our family always and Anne's passing is a sad loss for all who knew her,Anne never forgot her home in Ireland and it was a big part of life for her and I think she always loved coming back home. We will always remember Anne with love and keep her in our heart and prayers. May Anne rest in eternal peace forever. Barry,Pamela,Kerrie, Zara & Zack.

  • February 28, 2024

    May Anne's precious soul rest in peace

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