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July 28, 1925 - February 13, 2016

Martha was born July 28, 1925 in Washington, Iowa to John and Edith Long.  She attended the University of Iowa for teaching and music.  It was there that she met her future husband, William Littlejohn, who served in World War II.  They were married September 8, 1946.   She taught in several communities including Lone Tree, Ottumwa,Lovilia, and What Cheer, Iowa, and Luverne, Minnesota.  In 1960 they moved to rural Decorah where she taught at the newly opened North Winneshiek School and later Mabel-Canton Schools.  In the early years, she would also travel to the area country schools, teaching music out of a trailer.  Martha gave piano lessons and was an excellent trombone player. She and Bill played in the Chatfield Brass Band, Canton Day Off Band, and Fort Atkinson Community Band. She was an active member of the Hesper Friends Church and Hesper Friends Women, participating in many activities, including singing in the Christmas cantata.  Martha was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed her animals on the farm, reading, dancing, and listening to and sharing music.

Martha passed away Saturday, February 13, 2016 at Green Lea Senior Living in Mabel, Minnesota at the age of 90.

Martha is survived by her husband Bill.  She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, and a sister.

A memorial service will be held at 2 PM Friday, February 19, 2016 at the Hesper Lutheran Church in Hesper, Iowa with the Reverend Matt Larson officiating.  Burial at a later date will be in the Hesper Public Cemetery.

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