, Derry, New Hampshire

September 26, 2013

Martha M. (Muse) Stikeman, 72

Salem, NH — Martha M. (Muse) Stikeman, 72, of Salem, N.H., died Thurs., Sept. 19, at Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, Mass. Martha was born in Malden, Mass., grew up and was educated in the Greenwood section of Wakefield, Mass. She was the daughter of the late Sarah (McGonagle) and Arthur Muse. Martha was a manager for Digital Equipment Corporation in Salem. She enjoyed wintering in Punta Gorda, Fla., where she was socially active in the community at Water's Edge, and where she lived on a sunny spot on a small pond with her husband of 51 years. Martha loved cooking for her family, working in her garden, quilting, and rooting for the Red Sox and Patriots. She especially loved her grandchildren. She is survived by her husband, David Stikeman of Salem, who decided he would marry her when he met her on the first day of school, in first grade. She was mother to three sons, James and his wife, Dee (Duncan), of Derry, N.H., John and his wife, Christina (Calabria), of Atkinson, N.H., Jeff and his wife, Darlene (DesFosses), of Wakefield, Mass. She was sister to Mary Dumont of Wakefield, Mass., and sister-in-law to Marilyn Cornett of Derry, N.H., and to Barbara Holloway of Wakefield. Martha adored her 8 grandchildren, Thomas, Joseph, Taylor, Amanda, Emily, Elizabeth, Henry, and Tucker. She was an aunt to several nieces and nephews.

ARRANGEMENTS: Calling hours were Sunday, Sept. 22, from 2-6 p.m. at Douglas & Johnson Funeral Home, 214 Main St., Salem, N.H. The Funeral Service was held Monday at 10:30 a.m. at Douglas & Johnson. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. To send a message of condolence to the family, please view the obituary at