Doris Fredricks Martin

Doris Fredricks Martin passed peacefully from this world on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at her home in Kenner LA. She is preceded in death by her husband and the love of her life Robert Martin; her mother, Anna Schroeder Fredricks, her father; Thomas Fredricks; her grandson, Cody Martin; her sister, Rita Bouterie and her brothers, Elwood and Lionel Fredricks. She is survived by her four children, Melanie Fernandez (Rickey), Kathleen Martin, Barbara Puderer, (Dennis) and Robert Martin Jr. (Jill). She was “Mamere” to her four grandchildren, Tonya Taaffe Bode (Chase), Kea Sherman Bodenheimer (Neal), Jeff Taaffe (Mary Claire), Kaitlyn Martin; two step grandchildren, Kirk Fernandez (Mandy) and Karen Dalferes. She is survived by 10 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren. She was “Aunt Dottie” to numerous nieces and nephews.

Her life began on February 27, 1925 in New Orleans, LA and continued in Arabi, LA until Hurricane Katrina forced her to move to Kenner, LA. She started a new life with new friends at Nouveau Marc retirement community. She loved her church, leading the rosary and way of the cross for her neighbors and residents.

Doris also enjoyed music, art, sewing for her family and friends, as well as playing bingo, pokeno and card games. She has been a diehard Saints fan since their beginning at Tulane Stadium, where she, Bob and other family members

enjoyed their season tickets. But her greatest pleasure was to be together with all of her family and celebrate many happy occasions. Doris never met a stranger and had an irrepressible love of life. She will be forever remembered and greatly missed by all who knew her.

Special thanks to the staff of Nouveau Marc; her nurse, Cherrie; her dear friend Sue and all of her doctors, especially Dr. Kelvin Contreary for their kindness and care for Doris over the last few years.

Relatives and friends were invited to attend a visitation held at St. Bernard Memorial Funeral Home, 701 W. Virtue St., Chalmette, LA on Thursday, April 27, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. – noon. A funeral service began at noon. She was laid to rest next to her husband in St. Bernard Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans,, in memory of Doris. To view and sign the family guestbook, please visit