Martha Haskell Cobb, 96, died May 3, 2010, at her home in Crescent Beach. Born in Somerville, Mass., on Nov. 4, 1913, she was the daughter of Standley T. and Louella M. (Strout) Cobb. She grew up in Lexington, attended schools there, and was a graduate of the Boston School of Art.

Martha’s employment included designing shoes for a variety of stores and working as a graphic artist in advertising agencies in Boston. Her father, a Boston banker, retired in the early 1950s and the family moved to a saltwater farm in West Waldoboro. Martha established successful dual careers as a real estate agent and graphic artist working for A.B. Gay, Vision, and the Waldoboro Weekly. Her enthusiastic and spirited demeanor served her well in selling advertising to some of the country’s most successful magazines, including Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

Martha developed a specialty in offering real estate sales of Maine islands and mountains during the 1950s and 1960s. A well-dressed lady with high-heeled shoes, tailored suits, and large convertibles, Martha eventually sold about every mountain top in the area and most of the islands off Maine’s shores in all directions, some of which were sold two and three times, all by Martha.

Following the death of her father, Martha and her mother moved to Chestnut Street in Camden and subsequently purchased properties in Owls Head and Friendship. She went to work for attorney Frank L. Gilmore Jr. in Camden where she assisted the law firm in real estate transactions.

An avid gardener, since attending her first Boston flower show in 1918, Martha took great pride in growing all types of flowering plants and fruit trees at her oceanfront homes. Over the years, she was known for “friendship gardens” through passing along many plants from her gardens to friends. Determination and hard work enabled Martha to move 14 yards of granite dust by wheelbarrow at her home several years ago following a severe storm.

In 1980 she retired and volunteered countless hours to maintain the gardens for the Owls Head Transportation Museum, the Knox County Regional Airport, and the Mussel Ridge Historical Society. Her active social life has included kayaking until the age of 85, attending the theater, symphony, and dining at the Keag Store in South Thomaston where she enjoyed debating the issues of the day. In her younger years, she enjoyed skiing all of the slopes in New Hampshire including Tuckerman’s Ravine and her annual pilgrimages to Stowe in Vermont.

At the age of 84, Martha flew in a powered parachute piloted by Dunbar Seaman along the Midcoast, seeing the many islands and mountains that she had previously sold to clients as well as her own home in Owls Head. This was truly an amazing opportunity and was the thrill of her life.

Martha will be remembered for her sense of humor, for being a most loyal friend, as well as a truly remarkable person to all who knew her.

Interment at Oak Hill Cemetery in Camden will be private. Memorial gifts may be made in her memory to Meals On Wheels, 39 Summer St., Rockland, ME 04841. Arrangements are with the Long Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Camden.