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1932 Martha 2018

Martha L. (Hirtle) Brousaides

September 7, 1932 — December 9, 2018

On December 9, 2018, Martha Lois Brousaides stopped making on-line purchases, sending shudders through the cosmetic, apparel and confection markets.

Martha, born in Boston, was the daughter of Charles and Erma Hirtle (nee Nichols) and older sister to Charles (Chuck) Hirtle. She was much loved by her children Gregory Brousaides (his wife, Kathy), Eric Brousaides (his squeeze, Michelle), Andrea Smith (her husband, Charlie), and by her grandchildren, Alexander, Eryn, and Cameron.

A life-long New Englander, she was known (and usually loved) for her honesty and wit. Martha worked nearly her entire life in a variety of jobs. She particularly enjoyed the hospital settings, including Emerson Hospital in Concord, Massachusetts. Her last place of employment was the United Church of Christ in Boxborough, Mass. Perhaps her most courageous job was driving elementary students to school in the family car, back when that was a thing.

At 86 years old, she could set up a computer as well as any millennial. She was an accomplished self-taught cook who wasn't afraid to try new cuisines. She hosted numerous Thanksgivings which will be remembered for her hot spiced wine, baked olive/cheddar cheese balls, and clam dip. All of which came in handy one year when an early Nor'easter snowed everyone in.

Martha loved the New England seashore, with a special affinity for Maine. She knew how to pack a cooler for the beach that would last the entire day. At the beach, and everywhere else, she made sure that the kids had what they needed. She loved a good Prosecco and was usually seen wearing bright coral lipstick.

Special thanks to her cardiologist of 15 years, Dr. Panagiotis Papageorgiou and his staff. Also, our appreciation to the doctors and nurses at Beth Israel who cared for her over the years.

Never far from her thoughts; she is survived by her nieces, Kathy, Deborah, Kim and Susan; niece and grandniece, Shirlee and Sarah Ross; Harry and Pat Larrabee; her extended family, the Beanes and the Rays, as well as too many others to mention. In her twilight, she received much support and friendship from Paul and Lisa, Min, Bethany, Michelle, and Dave and Natalie. Can't thank you enough. Love you, Mom. You will be remembered and missed.

Services for Martha are private.


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