Nella Martin

July 20, 1931 - March 27, 2015

Nella Martin, a homemaker who raised eight children, was known as a crochet expert others called upon for guidance with a project. Though it was a skill she learned early in life, as she grew older she crocheted more frequently. She specialized in making baby clothes and baptismal outfits, and kept a room filled with yarn and wool.

Her daughter JoAnn Martin, who lived with her, said she often found that her mother had fallen into a nap in her crochet chair with a needle still in her hand.

Mrs. Martin, who lived on Whooping Hollow Road in East Hampton for 45 years, died at Southampton Hospital on Friday after having a heart attack at home. She was 83.

Born Agnella Plourde in the village of Clair in New Brunswick, Canada, on July 20, 1931, she was one of six children of William Plourde and the former Celina St. Jean.

She went on to marry a fellow Canadian, Guy Martin. They started raising their family in Islip, and Mr. Martin, a contractor, worked on Leisurama houses in Montauk. But 47 years ago, when the commute became too tiresome, the family moved to a rental on Buell Lane in East Hampton. They then settled on Whooping Hollow Road, where Mr. Martin built a house for them.

Mrs. Martin frequented the Bridgehampton Senior Center and attended Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in East Hampton. She would help with the annual Christmas Silver Tea and crocheted items for the raffle.

Ms. Martin described her mother as an “Energizer bunny” who managed to raise a large family, always getting breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the table for them while keeping a clean house. “She had energy all the time — to this day,” her daughter said.

In addition to Ms. Martin, she is survived by her other children: Jane Shuster and Susan Bjelland of Naples, Fla., Neal Martin of Amagansett, Thomas and Michael Martin of East Hampton, Guy Martin Jr. of Blue Ridge, Ga., and Lisa Pugsley of Skowhegan, Me. Twenty grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and 24 nieces and nephews also survive. Mrs. Martin’s husband died in 1998.

A wake was held yesterday at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton. A service will be held at Most Holy Trinity today at 10 a.m., with burial following at the church cemetery.

Her family suggested memorial donations to Most Holy Trinity, 79 Buell Lane, East Hampton 11937, or the East Hampton Village Ambulance Association at 1 Cedar Street in East Hampton.