Julia Martin Baer, 73, first female in lead position with Celanese industrial marketing operations

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Julia Martin Baer died at New Hanover Medical Center in Wilmington on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, at the age of 73.

She was the daughter of Randolph and Evangeline (Beany) Martin, was born in Shelby and graduated from Shelby High School and Appalachian State Teachers College. After teaching high school mathematics for two years in Charlotte, she joined the Celanese Corporation in various laboratory and technical positions before moving into marketing/sales. Relocating to New York, she was the first female to hold a lead position in the company’s industrial marketing operations. While in New York she met and married John Baer, also with Celanese.

They moved to Charlotte and then to a home on the Cape Fear River in Southport, where she retired in 1997 after 32 years with her company. The Porters Neck community in Wilmington was the location of their last residence and St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church in Wilmington became their church home.

Julia is survived by her stepson, Ken Baer (Carleen), of Wellesley, Massachusetts; stepdaughter, Janice Iverson (Chris), of Cudahy, Wisconsin; grandchildren, Alison Popper, of Brooklyn, New York, Lindsay Popper, of Brighton, Massachusetts, Keith Baer, of Boston and Lauren Baer, of Wellesley, Massachusetts; brother, Conrad Martin (Ann), of Mount Airy; nephew, Marcus Martin (Becky Latanich), of Sitka, Arkansas; and niece, Wrenn Martin (Ben Faulk), of Winston-Salem.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, at St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1416 Market St., Wilmington. The family will meet friends following the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1406 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC, 28401.

The family thanks all who supported Julia and John during his illness and Julia after John’s death and through her subsequent health struggles. Special thanks to her Porters Neck neighbors and her church family.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Andrews Mortuary.

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