Martha Levin Sothoron Donovan

Published in Reno Gazette-Journal from Nov. 20 to Nov. 22, 2015

Martha S. Donovan (1945 - 2015)

Martha "Martie" Sothoron Donovan of Reno, NV passed away on the morning of
Monday, November 16, 2015 at her home, surrounded by her family.

Martie (Aeezie) was born March 21, 1945 in Washington, DC, together with her twin
sister, Margaret (Beezie), the daughter of Levin Johnson Sothoron Jr., and Martha
Huie Sothoron.

After graduating from
Anacostia High School (1963), she worked for a short time
at the Washington Navy Yard where she met William (Bill) Donovan at age 18. They
dated for several years before they married on March 31, 1970. She then joined Bill
in London, England where he was working, and had a wonderful year sightseeing,
traveling throughout the United Kingdom and visiting France, Austria, and Greece.

They moved to White Plains, MD upon returning to the States and she completed
her BS degree in Education from the University of Maryland. She continued to enjoy
developing her artistic skills, both painting and sketching, as well as greatly
involving herself in the activities of the neighborhood and her Church, St. Joseph's,
Pomfret, MD, where she sang in the choir.

The birth of her son Michael (Mike) William Donovan of Highland, MD in April 1974,
was the high point of her life. Besides being a Special Education Teacher, she
worked in real estate and was a graphics editor for several years, first in the private
sector and later for the Federal Government.

In 1998, Martie and Bill moved to Reno, NV where her twin sister Beezie, an
Operating Room nurse at the VA Medical Center, and her husband Steve lived.
Martie also worked at the VA Medical Center until her retirement. Her only regret
was that Mike remained in Maryland; trips there became treasured. The Reno
neighborhood soon became a major part of her retired life, becoming the
"secretary" for the Bunco ladies, as well as the coordinator for the social gatherings
of the retired VA Operating Room nurses.

Her love of family, art, animals, travel, and of everyone she encountered dominated
her life. All who met her were universally drawn to her personality, smile, and grace.
Friendships she made during her pre-teen years have continued to the present day.

Martie was preceded in death by her parents, Levin and Martha Sothoron, and
several, much loved, uncles and aunts.

Martie is survived by her loving husband, Bill Donovan, their son, Mike Donovan, her
sister Ellen Morvick (Jim), and their children, Jennifer Kirby (Sean), and Catherine
Roe (Greg), her twin sister, Beezie Bradhurst (Steve), and their children, Megan
Solaro (David), and Amanda Bradhurst, and her sister-in-law, Catherine Salvucci
(Orfeo), brothers-in-law, James Donovan (Mary), and Paul Donovan (Linda), as well
as numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great- nephews, and cousins.

A special thanks is given to a dedicated care giver, Ashley, who became part of the

A funeral mass will be held at Our Lady of the Snows on Monday, November 23,
2015 at 10:00am. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the American Cancer Society is

A celebration of life will be planned for the near future. If you would like to share a
memory or leave a word of condolence, you are invited to visit, Walton's Book of
Memories at,

Funeral Home
Walton's Sierra Chapel, Reno
875 West 2nd Street
Reno, NV 89505