_.The Hon Mary Anna Sibell Elizabeth Martin, OBE (1980) (nee Sturt),
who died at Crichel, Wimborne, Dorset, 18 January, 2010, aged 80, was
a scion of the extinct Barons Alington (dau of the 3rd Baron), was a
goddaughter of HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother & was a close
friend of the Queen & Duke of Edinburgh; she was b London 12 Sept
1929, as the Hon Mary Anna Sturt, dau of the 3rd Baron Alington
(1896-1940), by his wife the former Lady Mary Sibell Ashley-Cooper,
dau of the 9th Earl of Shaftesbury, KP,GCVO, sometime Lord Steward to
the Household of George V & Queen Mary, by his wife Lady Constance
Sibell Grosvenor (d 1957), a great friend of Queen Mary, dau of Earl
Grosvenor, and sister of Bendor, 2nd Duke of Westminster, &c. Her
marriage to Lieutenant-Commander George Gosselin Marten, MVO, DSC, RN,
son of Vice-Admiral Sir Francis Marten, KBE, CB, CMG, CVO, took place
at Holy Trinity Church, Brompton, 25 Nov 1949. He was an equerry to
the King, and the marriage was attended by King George VI, Queen
Elizabeth, Princess Margaret, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the
Duchess of Kent, Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone and Major-General
the Earl of Athlone.
The Hon Mrs Marten was High Sheriff of Dorset in 1989. She leaves
issue. The funeral is to be held at St. Giles's Church, Wimborne St.
Giles, on Friday 29th January 2010.
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