Edna Martin, founder of Lulu Belle Animal Memorial Haven and a still-practicing 98-year-old El Centro real estate agent, died Thursday night in her sleep.
She will be remembered by her colleagues and friends as a strong-willed and aggressive businesswoman who loved animals.
After working in Hawaii as a secretary for the Navy during World War II, Martin made a name for herself in El Centro as a real estate agent.
Her friend and fellow animal advocate Jean Schmitt said she was at one time the leading ranch real estate person in Southern California.
Real estate agent Don Rosson said that Arizona native Martin, even in her 90s still called him to ask if there was "any farmland for sale."