Martha Adele Duley
1943 - 2020
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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!"

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Published in The Times-Picayune from Aug. 1 to Aug. 5, 2020.
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August 18, 2020
Shari, I just can't believe this. She was so good to me and I loved her so much. I still have my nickels from Elton John concert. We had the BEST seats even though we barely sat in them. She was my favorite mommy Martha. Together Shari we have so many great memories that was based around her. I love you mommy Martha. Rest easy.
Rebecca M Dumas
Friend
August 4, 2020
All our thoughts and prayers go out to all the Cleveland girls, and Martha's immediate family. We had so much fun at our last "Cleveland" reunion at Maggie's. Lot's of love to you all.

Cousin- Dennis (Skip) Cleveland
Dennis (Skip) Cleveland
August 4, 2020
I worked with Martha many years back at 24th JDC and she was one of the kindest people I know. To her family, I am so sorry for your loss. She will truly be missed. Rest in peace Martha.
JoAnn LaCaze
Friend
August 4, 2020
Vanessa Green Victor
Classmate
August 3, 2020
Zoe Fleming
Friend
August 3, 2020
Jo Ann Richards
Friend
August 2, 2020
I heard a quote by Rose Kennedy many many years ago ... "It has been said, 'Time heals all wounds.' I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens, but it is never gone."

I am broken & yes, many tears have fallen! I know you wouldn't want any of us to sit around crying for you! You had more things to do in your lifetime but your body gave out too soon!

Mom ... I would do it all over again! I could never begin to return to you what you've blessed me with in a million lifetimes! As time marches by, I will focus my energy on trying to be the best "me" I can be! My heart ❤, that was once whole, was broken in 2000 & again in 2001 & is now shattered beyond imagination!

As the minutes, hours & days tick by, I will find some of those pieces! I will slowly gather them up & begin the process of patching them back together! I imagine there will be many more tears than smiles when I begin this process!

Mom, you were sooo much stronger than I ever imagined, so much stronger than me! I saw this first hand in these last few months! You always believed in me when I lost my way in this world, when I lost all faith in myself! I know I disappointed you in this life but I think as the years rolled by, I made you proud!

One day I can replace the sad tears with tears of joy & laughter but today isn't that day & I don't know when it'll happen! But what I do know is that I am very fortunate that I was able to call you "Mom"!

(Pictured Teddy & Betty & Little Cow !)
Shari Lynn Duley
Daughter
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