Martha (Bond) Tompkins

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Martha Bond Tompkins
1926 - 2017
JEFFERSON - Martha Bond Tompkins, 91, of Jefferson, died Oct. 2, 2017, in Newcastle.
She was the daughter of Willis A. and Ruth Hodgkins Bond, both of Jefferson; and was born on Aug. 2, 1926, in the home of her Bond ancestors, early settlers of the Town of Jefferson.
Martha attended the Jefferson Village School through eighth grade, and then attended Cony High School in Augusta, graduating in the Class of 1944. She graduated from the University of Maine in Orono with a B.A. in physics in 1948. The same year, she started employment at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in Washington, D.C., working as a physicist in the rocket section, a forerunner of NASA.
In 1952, she married Robert D. Tompkins, an electrical engineer at NRL. They lived in Chile for 18 months while Bob was employed as an engineer for Bethlehem Chile Iron Mines. On their return to the United States with young daughter, Ann, they returned to Washington, D.C., where Bob was again employed at NRL.
On Bob's retirement in 1981, they retired to Jefferson and built a home on the original Bond property overlooking Damariscotta Lake. Here many happy years were spent, with family and friends, gardens, church and community work, and research into town and family history.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Jefferson for 78 years, was a life member of the Jefferson Historical Society, and secretary of the Bond Burying Ground Association for many years.
She was predeceased by her husband of 65 years, and is survived by two daughters, Ann Liburt, of Jefferson; and Marilyn Tompkins, of Jackman; three sons, Steven Tompkins, of Glenn Dale, Md.; Andrew Tompkins, of Leesburg, Va.; and Richard Tompkins, of Plano, Texas; seven grandchildren and one great-granddaughter; three sisters, Kathryn Maryan, of Ocala, Fla.; Emily Kaune, of Nederland, Colo.; and Beverly Blair, of Cape Elizabeth; and several cousins and nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, at the First Baptist Church of Jefferson at 11 a.m.; Pastor Bette Bond officiating. Interment will be held at the Bond Burying Ground, Jefferson. Hall's of Waldoboro has care of the arrangements. To extend online condolences, please visit:

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First Baptist Church
P.O. Box 921
Jefferson, ME 04348

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949 Main St
Waldoboro, ME 04572
(207) 832-5541
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Published in Central Maine on Oct. 5, 2017