Martha Marchand, 87, died at her St. Anthony Park home unexpectedly on Dec. 7, 2022. Martha McGuire was born on March 24, 1935, in Minneapolis. She graduated from the University of Minnesota’s School of Nursing in 1957, where she was also a member of the Tri Delta sorority. She married William Marchand in 1957, and they spent the first two years of their marriage in Crailsheim, Germany, where Bill was stationed.

After raising three children, Martha was hired by Health Partners (then Group Health) as part of a pilot program to answer urgent after-hour calls. This innovative program, staffed by a handful of nurses, would evolve to become Health Partners’ 24/7 CareLine.

Martha was awarded several commendations for her triage skills and for critical interventions that saved the lives of patients.

She was a fearsome bridge player. Martha and Bill were married for 59 years and shared a deep love for their children and family life.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her daughter Ellen and her brother Dr. Mike McGuire. She is survived by her three children and spouses, Dan (Michelle), Mary (Nicholas) and Sarah (Daniel), as well as three grandchildren.

Memorials to St. Anthony Park Area Seniors or the St. Anthony Park branch library.

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