Martha Adele Duley passed away quietly on Friday, July 24, 2020 at her home. She was 76. She was preceded in death by her father Forrest Nolan Cleveland and her mother Ruth Bossert (stepfather Leonard), ex-husband Jerry Duley, son Jerry Duley and grandson (youngest best friend) Taylor Velargo. Martha was born in St. Louis, Missouri and a resident of Marrero, Louisiana since 1965. A loving mom who is survived by Sabrina Velargo (Perry) and Shari Duley. Grandmother to Parker Velargo (Leia) and great - grandmother to Ava Velargo. Martha is survived by four sisters Kay Duley (late Bob), Ruth Ann Aston (Geven), Carolyn Matthews (Alan) and Margaret Johnson (Ken). She had numerous nieces and nephews. Arlene Movahed (Ali) and Rosa Marie Manix (late Eddie) were like family and she spent many holidays and celebrations with them throughout her life. She will be missed by many friends and former coworkers she met along her journey. Martha worked for the 24th JDC in Jefferson Parish for nearly 40 years. She began as a secretary for the late Honorable Judge Floyd W. Newlin then became a court reporter for the late Honorable Judge Ernest V. Richards, IV and the Honorable Judge Robert A. Pitre, Jr. Martha loved to visit with her sisters as often as possible, going to the casino, playing bingo, crocheting and spending time with her great-granddaughter Ava. She's the most amazing mother, grandmother and great-grandmother that anyone could have ever wished for and there will never be another one like her. Martha will be laid to rest in a private ceremony. "In memory of a life so beautifully lived, a heart so deeply loved!"
Published in The Times-Picayune from Aug. 1 to Aug. 5, 2020.