Marthabelle (Chase) Fairbanks

Marthabelle (Chase) Fairbanks a.k.a. Marty passed away peacefully on September 22, 2022, with family members at her side at the Newfield House Nursing Home in Plymouth. Marty was the youngest of two daughters born to Victor and Constance (Eldredge) Chase of Chatham. She was born in Hyannis on December 5, 1938, and lived her entire childhood life in the house her parents constructed on 44 School Street. Upon graduation from Chatham High School with the Class of 1956 Marty enrolled in Westbrook Junior College in Maine where she earned an associate degree in Marketing. Upon graduation she took a job in Boston where she met her future husband Randall (Randy) Fairbanks of Melrose, who was in his junior year at UMass Amherst. They were married in November 1959 and lived on-campus for the following year. Upon graduation they moved to Milan, N.H. where Randy accepted a job with the US Fish & Wildlife Service. After 2 years there they were transferred to North Attleboro for one year and then to Boston for another year. Although each move represented advancement the couple decided they wanted to “put down roots” so Randy changed his employer and they purchased their first home on 385 High Street, Pembroke where they lived for 37 years.
During this time Marty developed a career in pre-school education where she established new schools, managed existing schools and was an active teacher herself. Her skills in these areas were widely recognized and sought after.  She also loved horses and owned several over the years. A favorite past-time was riding the woodland trails with her horse owning friends. She also devoted countless hours to working with both the South Shore and New England Horsemen’s Councils. In this capacity she organized and ran horse shows and had a special interest in mentoring young riders, including her daughter, in the learning of equestrian skills. Her efforts in this regard were acknowledged with awards. Marty also enjoyed time spent in the family’s remote camp in Northern Maine summer and winter which was accessed by boat and snowmobile.
Upon retirement, Marty and her husband decided to move back to her Cape Cod homestead in Chatham and did so in the year 2000. Once back in Chatham Marty resumed some of her earlier past-times like sunbathing at her favorite beach at the end of Andrew Harding’s Lane. She no longer had horses but loved dogs as well, especially Labrador retrievers. She was a common site as she walked along the roadways of the Old Village with her yellow dog(s) daily, weather permitting. She had a gracious smile and a hearty “hello “for everyone she met on her walks. She was also a member of the Old Village association and as their unofficial historian, seemed to delight in acquainting other members with life in Chatham during the 1950’s and 60’s. Marty also enjoyed accommodating numerous visits by family and friends. Her summertime clam boils were frequent and legendary. She also enjoyed spending time on the water and frequently joined her husband on fishing trips to the Monomoy Rips or hauling lobster pots in Pleasant Bay. Over her lifetime Marty touched countless lives, especially those of young people, always in a positive way. She will never be forgotten. RIP Marty.
Marty is survived by Randy, her loving husband of 63 years, her son Gregory and his wife Marie of Plympton and their two children Bailey and her husband Adam Long and their two children Taylor and Mac also of Plympton and Tucker Fairbanks of Plymouth.  Also, her daughter Deborah and her husband Brad Weinman, their two children Alexandra and Jake all of Blue Point, N.Y.  She was predeceased by both her older sister Odessa and Odessa’s husband John Farnham from Marion. She is also survived by the four Farnham nephews and nieces and their families, Kim Farnham of New Haven, Vt. and David, Johnathon and Susan, all of Centerville.
Marty lived for some time at two locations so the family wants to have two memorial services to reduce travel for the elderly. The first will be at the First United Methodist Church, 569 Main St. Chatham on November 5 at 11:00 a.m. The second is scheduled at the now-called Faith Community Church, 298 High St., Duxbury on November 12, again at 11:00 a.m. All are welcome.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made “NEWFIELD STAFF APPREIATION FUND,” 19 Newfield St., Plymouth MA 02360