The Curry Coastal Pilot

Oleatha Whatley-Martin, 88, of Brookings, passed away Nov. 23, 2013, in Crescent City.

She was born Oct. 10, 1925, in Bucado, Mo., to Alvin and Laura (Hathaway) Hooser.

Lea moved to Harbor in 1979 with her late husband Kirb Whatley. She established and was owner of Curry Collections, and co-owner with her late husband Kirb of Barbara K. Fishing Charters.

On Valentine's Day in 2004, Lea married Charles "Ken" Martin at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Brookings and they made their home in Harbor.

Lea was a proud member of Eastern Star and Emblem Club 265 in Brookings, where she enjoyed volunteering her time working in the community. She was an avid businesswoman, earned her insurance license and, in her spare time, obtained her aircraft pilot license.

Lea loved the outdoors and being on the ocean. Her passion was fishing, camping, hiking and spending time with her family.

Lea is survived by her husband Ken of Harbor; children Ray and Pamela Estes of Soldotna, Alaska, Sharon and Gary Hartung of Brookings, Marian and Bruce Carmona of Denair, Calif., Karen and Richard Vermeulen of Brookings; stepchildren Judy and Rod King of Napa, Calif., Beth and David Agnason of Hilmar, Calif., Joan and Frank Cappalla of Stockton, Calif. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband Kirb Whatley; sister Arlene Laseck; and her parents Alvin and Laura Hooser.

Redwood Memorial Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Submitted by Redwood Memorial Chapel.