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Despite the many tragedies in her life—her mother’s dying in childbirth; her grandmother’s death only a few years later; and her husband’s passing after only five years of marriage—Dorothy Martin‘s credo is simple, but profound: “Peace and Love—Paz y Amor.” Martin, who works extensively with the Episcopalian Church Women’s Group, and who raised three daughters in her husband’s absence, has lived a life of peace, love, hard work, and community dedication. As a fifty-seven year-old native of the Canal Zone (where she was born in 1930), she is also proud of her Jamaican, Barbadian, and Panamanian heritages. “West Indian is my roots,” says Martin, who refuses to leave Panama even though much of her family and friends have immigrated to the United States. “I’ve visited the States, but I love [it] here,” she says.
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