Martha Black

PORTLAND – Martha Black passed away peacefully on May 29, 2021, at her home at Seventy-Five State Street. Martha was born July 12, 1946, in Bangor, Maine, to Luke and Geraldine (Jacobs) Sabo.

As a young teenager, Martha dealt with kidney disease and in January 1999 she became a kidney transplant recipient. From that day on she had a great passion to pay it forward by getting the word out about tissue/organ donation. She was an active member of the National Kidney Foundation of Maine Board of Directors by speaking at various venues about donation and volunteering for the NKF of Maine and New England Donor Services. She also participated in six official Transplant Games in the U.S.A. and Canada between 2000 and 2008.

Martha’s career spanned more than 40 years in the medical profession as a front desk representative at Maine Medical Center Laboratory, as well as a cardiac catheterization technician. She also served as a radiology secretary at Regional Memorial Hospital in Brunswick. Later at MMC, she became a certified medical assistant while working at the family practice unit and later as a medical coding representative until her retirement in 2015.

She was an outdoor enthusiast and especially enjoyed cycling and snowshoeing. She also had a great passion for knitting.

Martha was predeceased by her parents, and her sister, Ruthellen Bragdon Torrey. Martha is survived by her son, Stephen D. Black, his wife Shannon and their daughter, Iris Pearl; Stephen’s father and Martha’s former husband, Chip Black; a very special niece, Annika Black; as well as her aunts, nieces, nephews, brother-in-law, sister-in-law and many friends.

Martha’s family and friends wish to acknowledge their heartfelt appreciation for the thoughtful, caring staff at Seventy-Five State Street. Their superlative professional care and compassion throughout her residency often caused Martha to remark how lucky she was to be able to live at Seventy-Five State Street.

Visiting hours will be 3-6 p.m., Saturday, June 19, 2021, at Hobbs Funeral Home, 230 Cottage Road, South Portland. Condolences may be expressed online at

Memorial contributions may be made to: New England Donor Service

61 1st Street,

Waltham, MA 02451.

Please consider becoming an organ donor.

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