La Jollan Martha Obermeier makes time to help out at Mama’s Kitchen

Martha Obermeier is a long-time volunteer for Mama’s Kitchen, a non-profit that provides three meals a day, for every day of the year, free of charge to more than 625 men, women, and children affected by either AIDS or cancer living in San Diego County. Obermeier started volunteering at Mama’s Kitchen on her birthday in January 2006. The La Jolla retiree has performed various volunteer duties for the organization, including delivering meals to North County San Diego and staging meals at the organization’s headquarters, now located in City Heights.


Martha Obermeier

n addition to volunteers, Mama’s Kitchen needs the public’s assistance to financially support its capital campaign, which will help pay for the purchase and renovation of its building. Learn more at

What brought you to La Jolla?

When my husband and I married in 1996, I moved into his house near UC San Diego. We moved to the WindanSea area in 1999. Originally, the Navy sent our family to San Diego in 1957, when I was 5 years old. I raised my two children in North Clairemont, where we lived for 20 years.

What might you add, subtract or improve in the area?

I would improve traffic flow into and out of La Jolla.

Who or what inspires you?

Grace under pressure. A good sense of humor. Patience. Kindness. And when I’m doing chores around the house, good, loud Motown or Beatles music puts me in the mood to work.

If you hosted a dinner party for eight, whom (living or deceased) would you invite?

Let’s see:  King Henry VIII, Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Thomas Jefferson, my husband, Arnie, Dolly Madison, Leonardo da Vinci. That’s eight at the table; I would just hover in the background and listen.

What are you currently reading?

I have re-read the six books in “The Outlander Series” by Diana Gabaldon. It’s romance, history and time travel all rolled into one, with good descriptions of life, war and medicine in the mid-1700s (beginning from just after WW II), both in Scotland and America. Another author whose books I enjoy is Edward Rutherfurd, who wrote “London” in 1996. I just completed his two books about Ireland. He traces several families from the early A.D. centuries, interweaving their lives with real historical figures and events. It’s a great way to learn and remember what happened where and when, and perhaps why things are the way they are now.

What is it that you most dislike?

I don’t like out-of-control, whiny children whose parents are unable to deal effectively with an outburst.

What is your most-prized possession?

I’m not sure you’d call him a possession, but he IS my joy:  Stanley, my eight-year-old, very large (but not-fat-at-20-pounds) and affectionate Maine Coon cat.  I’ve never experienced such a strong bond with an animal before — what a gift!

What do you do for fun?

I love to read historical novels or biographies and then get lost in Wikipedia searches when there’s mention of someone I don’t know much about and/or would like to know what they look(ed) like. One person leads to another, to another, etc. Some nights, I spend more time on the Internet than in the book I began reading! I also very much like to have breakfast or lunch out with friends and maybe take a walk. I like to sew (mostly quilting), but haven’t done that so much recently. Crosswords and Sudoku are fun, too, and eating chocolate – we can’t forget that!

What is your motto or philosophy of life?

Be kind, be useful, and laugh when you can.

What would be your dream vacation?

I would love to tour Scotland with someone who knows the area, visiting castles and pubs and shops, soaking up the history and language

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