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Obituary of Martha Louise Carnahan

Martha Louise Carnahan died April 10, 2019 at Golden Empire Convalescent Hospital. She was 91.

Martha was born March 19, 1928 to Theodore McCandless and Esther Rideout. After Martha’s father died in 1938, her mother began teaching, first in a one-room school in Birchville, Nevada County, where Martha graduated from the eighth grade. The family moved to Grass Valley, where she went to high school, graduating in 1946. She spent a year at Stanford Nursing School, but then eloped with Jack Withrow. They had a son named David. The marriage ended and she attended the business school at Mt. St. Mary’s and subsequently worked as a secretary in several government jobs, culminating in a long-time position as secretary to the commandant of the base hospital at Beale AFB. After a brief marriage to Grant Ford, she married Charles Ensminger. Widowed, she married Walter Carnahan, who died in 1996.

Martha was a longtime member of Grass Valley United Methodist Church, where she sang in the choir, and also of the Cornish Choir. She traveled with the Cornish Choir to Cornwall. She was a past president of Business & Professional Women, and was a member of Eastern Star.

She is survived by her son, David Withrow; grandson Jonathan Withrow; sisters Helen Bowden and Roberta Franks; niece Diana (Nathan) Lane of Antioch, CA, Cindy (Bob) McKinney and Amanda Mora; nephews Peter Jones and Christopher Jones; cousins Ruth Kistler, Elsie Lohrey, and Donald McCandless; and numerous other relations.

A memorial service is planned for later this spring.


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