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  • A giant among writers passes away

  • The death of Gail Martin, on Jan. 17, 2013 marks the death of a giant among the writing community.
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  • Dear Editor:
    The death of Gail Martin, on Jan. 17, 2013 marks the death of a giant among the writing community.
    Gail Martin wrote short stories and poems in various periodicals. Her children and grandchildren followed her example and were writers in their own right. She was the first of three generations of writers – a great achievement indeed.
    Gail’s work in Kansas Authors Club (KAC) is of lasting value. She joined KAC in 1991 and, in words of Don Pady, was “a continuous and contributing member, author, speaker and bibliographer……She (was) KAC’s State Archivist from 1996 to 2005. …..Gail explained her role as Archivist when she presented papers and research-related book talks to state and district meetings……When her daughter Cynthia Jo joined KAC, Gail’s writings began to flourish….. Several years before her death, she published, with her daughters Cynthia J.Ross and Virginia Allain, Clyde Owen Martin: Family Memories of His Life and Times (2010).”
    As Gail’s daughter, Virginia Allain, said “writing was an important part of Mom’s life.”
    Here's a page to know about the many writers in the family (Gail's daughters, her sister, Cindy's daughter Kristy, etc.): http://www.squidoo.com/Writing_Heritage.
    The news of her death sent a shock among KAC members.
    Former president, Joann Williams writes “ …..(Gail) was special in every way, a great person, a dedicated KAC member etc, etc. We will miss her.”
    Another former president, Doris Schroeder, writes that “We will miss Gail a whole lot. She was certainly one of us and on the same page as many of us.”
    For me, Gail left a lesson. In 2011, I had an exchange of e-mails with her.
    She was very candid and helpful. I thought of seeing her ” sometime.” But that “sometime” never came and I regret it. To any one who is thinking to see a friend “sometime,” my suggestion is that that “sometime” is NOW.
    - Dr. Prem Bajaj, President, Kansas Authors Club
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