Martha Johns Densmore
July 31, 2018
Martha Johns Densmore passed away on July 23. She was born in 1924 to Edgar T and Ruth (Day) Johns in Las Cruces, New Mexico. She graduated from Radford School and attended New Mexico A & M.
In 1944 she married Alfred J (Ja) Densmore, Jr. of Lebanon, NH, whom she first met at Radford.
After the war they moved to Lebanon where Marty learned to drive in snow, to ski, and to navigate in lush New England. She said it was like "driving in a green paper bag" after the wide open spaces in the West.
While raising two children she was active in town organizations, the Congregational Church and was a trustee of Alice Peck Day Hospital. She continued to enjoy skiing both with friends and family.
In 1971 along with her husband she started The Burning Log in the family's red barn on Hanover Street and used her artistic eye to pick out gifts and accessories to go with the store's wood stoves and fireplaces.
In 1974 they opened a store in Aspen and began to spend more time there. Marty was happy to be back in the West and she and Ja both enjoyed the excellent skiing and travels to the desert.
In 1984 they moved to Carbondale where Marty continued to live until 2010 when she moved to Hanover to be closer to her family.
She was predeceased by her husband and is survived by her son Jason Densmore and his wife Kiki Cutter Densmore of Hanover, her daughter Priscilla Kern and her husband Edward Kern of Lincoln, MA, three grandchildren: Alexandra Kern and her husband Daniel White, Christopher Kern, and Parker Densmore and great grandchild Henry White.
Her family will celebrate her life privately.
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