Martha Martin Nestor

  • Born: August 9, 1943
  • Died: November 11, 2020
  • Location: Concord, Massachusetts

Concord Funeral Home

Director - Glenn D. Burlamachi, CFSP
74 Belknap St.
Concord, MA 01742
Tel. (978) 369-3388

Tribute & Message From The Family

Martha Martin Nestor passed away November 11, 2020. She was born in Pennsylvania, the daughter of Barbara Grandlienard Martin, an artist, and John Cochrane Martin, a chemical engineer. The family hobbies were gardening, orchard-keeping, sailing and painting, and they remained interests to the end of her life.

She graduated from Mt. Holyoke College with a degree in English literature and immediately began a long career in words, as editor for Ginn and Company publishers, followed by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, and Harbridge House management consultants on Arlington St. in Boston.

She was married to John Wesley Nestor Jr of Wilmington, Delaware. They had three children who grew up in Carlisle and Concord, MA, adding pony club, music, wrestling, soccer and rowing to the list of family interests.

In 1974 Marty founded the weekly Carlisle Gazette, modeled after the Vineyard Gazette in Edgartown MA, mentored by the publishers of the nearby Harvard Post, and later merged with the Carlisle Mosquito. Following a divorce, she became a real estate broker in Concord, rising to vice president at Coldwell Banker. In 2001 she renovated, with architect Chip Dewing, her c. 1810 barn into her later-life home. Marty also had a home at Crater Club in Essex, NY, where the family gathered every summer to sail and swim in Lake Champlain and bike and hike the Adirondack mountains.

Marty enjoyed her 37-year-long association with the Garden Club of Concord, her bridge friends of many years, and her book club of 45 years, along with many other local organizations over her long time living here.

She is survived by her three children: Camilla Nestor (Will Hong) of Newburgh, NY; John W. Nestor III (Erin Roland) of Burlington, VT; and Sarah Nestor Welch (Michael Welch) of Kittery, ME; and four grandsons: Felix Nestor, Walker Nestor, Sargent Welch and Miles Welch. She is also survived by three siblings, four nieces and nephews, and two great-nephews. She died peacefully at home of fibrosis, a late effect of radiation she received in her 30's.

Marty will be remembered for her joie de vivre, genuine interest in others, and love of words in all forms: aphorisms, essays, epigrams, and bons mots. She collected memoirs, the smaller and more idiosyncratic the better. She was especially fond of Estabrook Road, with its feeling of Thoreau's "narrow and crooked path," and loved the small, old piece of orchard land on which her barn-home stood. On the wall of her kitchen facing the garden, guests could read the quotation, Si Caelum in terra sit haec, Id est Laetitia Aeterna : "If heaven on earth there be, right here is gladness forever."

A private memorial service will be held in Concord, MA.

Donations in her memory may be made to
Concord Art Association
37 Lexington Rd.
Concord, MA 01742
Trustees of the Reservation
200 High St.,
Boston, MA 02110

Condolence & Memory Journal

Marty will forever be missed in the Concord real estate community. A consummate professional, always prepared, she made those lucky enough to work beside her far better for the experience. Condolences to Cam, Sarah and John and all the others who will miss her.

Posted by Chris Ridick - Lincoln, MA - Coworker   December 05, 2020

Cam, I'm sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Sounds like my knowledge of her barely scratched the surface. My thoughts are with you and your family.

Posted by Juliet Purll - Falls Church, VA - Family Friend   December 03, 2020

Kate James, Concord Art, Concord MA

Posted by Kate James - Concord, MA   November 25, 2020

Marty really liked to read and requested a play that we were doing in Essex, NY, so she would know it when she helped at the door of the theater. A really gracious lady,curious about everything. I was pleased to have known her. -

Posted by Kathy Poppino - Essex, NY - Friend   November 25, 2020

Marty led such a full and diverse life. I am so glad she also was able to discover the Crater Club, and we were able to get to know her. I am so sad and surprised to hear of your loss.

Posted by Katje McIntyre - Victoria, MN - Friend   November 24, 2020

We are deeply saddened to hear of Marty's death. She was so full of life, enthusiasm, and intelligence. Playing Trivial Pursuit against her was an exercise in losing. When the children were young, we have fond memories of our times together on Martha's Vineyard. She will be remembered dearly. Our thoughts go out to John, Cam, and Sarah.

Posted by Mary and Bill Kaiser - concord, MA - Friend   November 24, 2020

On behalf of the staff and members of the Concord Country Club, we send our most sincere condolences. We will remember Marty for her beautiful smile and kind, fun nature.

Posted by Elaine Dupuis - Concord, MA - Friend   November 23, 2020

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