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Grace-Lynne Martin (Soprano)

Born: July 16, 1929 - Pasadena, California, USA
Died: February 11, 2012 - Altadena, California, USA

The American soprano, Grace-Lynne (G.L.) Martin Ingle, was born in Pasadena, CA, and she has been a San Gabriel Valley resident all her life. At the early age of 4, she crawled up onto the piano bench and began what would become a lifetime of making beautiful music. A true child prodigy, by the age of 6, she was playing piano on the radio. But it was not until she began to sing, at the age of 16, that the world would begin to hear her true gift.

Grace-Lynne Martin's crystal clear Soprano voice would lead her to world-wide acclaim. She was an early protege of Igor Stravinsky, recording his works for both Columbia and Epic records. Her vocal talents lead to performances at New York's Lincoln Center, the Hollywood Bowl, the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera and concerts in both the USA and Europe. She was a soloist at the Glendale Methodist Church for 13 years and began the music program at Mayfield Senior School in Pasadena. Her warm and gentle nature brought her love of music and life to every environment she graced.

Equal to G.L.'s love of music, was her love of the ocean. Her happiest childhood memories were at the family beach house in Sunset Beach, shared with her brother Dr. Richard Martin, and his wife Peggy of Glendale, and her sister Faith Anne Martin Fischer and her recently deceased husband, Dr. Peter Fischer of Whittier. Grace-Lynne loved water, sand, sun and bare feet.

Amidst all her talents and many accomplishments, Grace-Lynne Martin's greatest accomplishments began when she met her husband, John Houston Ingle at Occidental College in 1949. They were "the beautiful couple", with John directing Grace-Lynne in school productions while their love for each other flourished. John Ingle, an actor, was a television star on "General Hospital". Together, they began to weave a tapestry that is today, their family. For 41 years, Grace-Lynne and John raised their five daughters in a loving home on Christmas Tree Lane in Altadena. It was a home full of music, children, laughter and friends. Grace-Lynne Martin Ingle passed away peacefully, in her home of natural causes on February 11, 2012, age 82. Grace-Lynne is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, John Houston Ingle, and by her five daughters: Jessica Pretkus, Jennifer Bandy, Carey Haynes, Melanie Nelson and Christina Ingle.

Source: Obituary in (Published in the Los Angeles Times, February 18-19, 2012)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (July 2017)

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