Beryl Moya Martin Duplica
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Beryl Moya Martin Duplica

With deep sorrow, Patrick and Diana announce the death of their precious sister, Moya on October 21, 2014.

Moya was born in Kamloops, BC Canada to Constantine Martin and Ann Loy. Moya grew up in Victoria, BC, graduating from St. Ann's Academy. She obtained her BA and BSW from UBC and post-graduate degrees at St. Louis University, Missouri. Moya retired as Professor Emeritus from the School of Social Work, University of Washington in Seattle after an illustrious 40 year tenure.

Moya was predeceased by her parents and her husband John. Survivors include her nieces, Sarah (Jon) Olsen, Karen (Erik) Engstrom and her nephew Michael (Jeananne) Martin and their families.

Mourning her loss are extended family in Canada, Ireland, Scotland, Australia, Croatia and Greece as well as many dear friends.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated
Monday, November 3, 2014 and 12:10 PM at
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
205 2nd Ave, Seattle, 98101

Sleep peacefully big sister.
We love you!

Hoffner Fisher & Harvey
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November 17, 2020
Though Moya had already retied from teaching by the time I was a student at the UW SSW, she often stopped by our dept to speak, mentor, and share her experience as a social worker. Moya was one of the most compassionate and inspirational social workers I've had the pleasure and honor of knowing and learning from. I am thus grateful for the impression she made on me to always fight the good fight, to care and love and endeavor compassion, and to better contribute to the positive of the human condition.

Thank you Moya.
Stanton Gene Kawaihinano Otero
March 21, 2015
To Moya's family, I wish to extend my deepest-felt condolences. I am a 1986 graduate of the MSW program at the Univ. of WA School of Social Work. My most favorite professor, bar none, was Moya Duplica. Why is that? She was a true teacher who instilled a love of learning in her students, demanded much of them, and gave much to them in return. She was such a poised and beautiful woman who might appear toff but was always easy to approach and had a great wit and wonderful sense of humor. I truly loved her and was blessed to have been her student. . . . "And may she rest in the palm of God's hand . . . " Sincerely, Gail Jahnke
Gail Jahnke
November 13, 2014
I am deeply saddened to hear of Moya's passing. My thoughts are with her family at this time. Moya was well educated, well travelled and always willing to assist others. Her dedication and parish involvement at Sacred Heart Church was paramount. What a beautiful lady..I miss you already...
Joan Harrington
November 11, 2014
Moya Duplica was a fantastic educator - she was intelligent, thoughtful, engaging, and encouraging. I took several classes from her in the early 1980's; she helped me get in to graduate school by writing a letter of recommendation. She always had a kind word and I feel very fortunate to have been a student of hers. My condolences to her family and friends.
Jan Florer
November 10, 2014
I was Moya's student in the early 80's and never forgot her grace, friendly smile and pertinent feedback. Her support meant a lot and I am sad to hear of her passing. I've enjoyed reading the memories others have shared.
Cheryl Brush
November 10, 2014
Moya was a wonderful person! I will always remember seeing her on Sundays at Sacred Heart Church, we enjoyed her beautiful smiles and warm hugs.

Moya you will be missed!
Daisy Apigo
November 4, 2014
Moya was such a sweet lady! My sisters and I loved seeing her and her great smile at Sacred Heart Church on Sundays. We will miss her dearly! God Bless you Moya!
Rosalina Apigo
November 4, 2014
Moya was my host when I first visited the school seeking a faculty position. From the very beginning she made me feel welcome and valued. She had the warmest heart and the kindest smile. She lives on in our memories! David Hawkins
David Hawkins
November 3, 2014
I have just now learned of Moya's passing, and regret missing her memorial service earlier today. Moya, my colleague of many years, was a gifted teacher and influenced generations of social work students with her wisdom, knowledge, class and grace. She will be missed, and remembered always as an exemplary professor and colleague.

Gunnar Almgren
Associate Professor
UW School of Social Work
November 3, 2014
Moya was such a beautiful soul. I attended Sacred Heart with her and she was always such a calming presence. I enjoyed every interaction we had and I will miss her greatly!
Ann Marie Apigo
November 3, 2014
Moira was an excellent social work instructor, a caring mentor, and a great role model for social workers. she possessed a gracious and kind spirit, and no doubt influenced a tremendous number of people over the years. Brian Giddens, Director, UW Medical Center Social Work & Care Coordination, and SSW alumni.
Brian Giddens
November 3, 2014
I am greatly saddened by the loss of such an excellent professor. She provided detailed, extensive lectures, and almost as long comments and encouragement in all papers submitted. She gave us all an outstanding example of a dedicated social worker.
Sharron Lee
November 3, 2014
Moya was such a gift to us all. She made everyone she interacted with feel special
and that they were dear to her. I found her support during my MSW journey both personal and professional vital to my survival. Later after grad school we were part of group sister city trip to Bersheva in Isreal and shared a room in Jeruselum. It was a special gift to have attend my retirement party after my over twenty agency career. I think of her often and her death will not diminish that.

She was a person with a life well lived.
ellen mortensen
November 2, 2014
Moya was a dear neighbor. She always remembered my sons at holiday time with a treat. We had great conversations on the sidewalk or neighborhood gatherings. I will miss her very much.
Mary Kay O'Neill
November 2, 2014
I will miss Moya greatly. I loved working with her, always cheerful and upbeat, always empathetic. Such a lovely person.
John Longres
November 2, 2014
I forgot to sign my remembrance below.
Vallie Spangler
November 2, 2014
The news that Moya has passed on is utterly heartbreaking. Beryl Moya Martin Duplica was the epitome of grace, poise, and elegance. Her intelligence was profound, her wit scintillating, her selflessness unparalleled, and her religious faith was deep. Her love of her family was moving, her respect for education was a paramount part of who she was as a creative and vibrant force and her personal power and presence was riveting. Moya knew who she was and this inner knowledge revitalized everyone and everything that she chose to spend her time with or on. Each and every time that you spent time with her, when it was time to leave, you became a better person. Moya was a rare and beautiful woman. She will be missed tremendously by all those that she knew. Farewell, precious one.
November 2, 2014
I've just heard of Moya's passing and my heart goes out to all her family and friends. Moya was a dear friend and our lunches together were treasured times to hear her wisdom and admire her strength. She is greatly missed.
Dave Snyder
November 1, 2014
Moya was my teacher, mentor, colleague and friend since 1975, and I am sad that we have lost such a generous, gracious and open hearted person. Moya's spirit is one more brilliant light in the universe. She was beloved to many and will be well remembered.
Terry Teresa McCorkle
November 1, 2014
My condolences to Moya's family. She touched so many lives with her knowledge, presence, and sincerity. I will fondly remember her smile and wisdom.
Tracy Harachi
November 1, 2014
Dearest Moya, You indeed have been a very special friend & colleague for more years than I can count. Oh! How I will miss you! Sharing ideas and opinions about professional issues and personal matters with complete trust in one another. . . .
Your thotfulness and wisdom were unbounded. And your sense of humor: I'll never forget your chuckle when John & I discussed roofs and their replacement.
What an amazing time we had in Israel with the SBSSCC. Arriving the evening Yitzhak Rabin was murdered, & later tramping thru the rain to his grave, provided us with so much to reflect upon. Every year (including this one) you have called me at Rosh Hashonah to wish me a good year, and I would get you a Jewish calendar as you once requested. Then we would exchange greetings for Chanukah and Passover and Christmas and Easter. (So what will become of this year's calendar which I still have because I couldn't reach you on the fone!)
And what a superb teacher you were! I don 't remember a retirement party as obviously meaningful to students and alumni as well as to faculty as yours. I still have the Moya button from that occasion. Serving on the Distinguished Alum committee has been an honor, and more so because you were there. Our coffees, lunches, brunches, telefone chats together will always be among my most cherished memories.
Goodbye, dear friend. Rest well.
Arlene Ehrlich
October 31, 2014
Moya, our friendship for over 40 years which began at the School of Social Work, then evolved into a sincere life-long friendship will truly be missed. Our talks like our last one a few weeks ago, always brought me so much joy. I love you and there will always be a place in my heart for you.
Guela Gayton Johnson
October 31, 2014
Guela Gayton Johnson
October 31, 2014
Noooo! I'm so very sad to read this news! I've loved Moya since 1982, when we met at the UW. We remained close, still meeting for lunch, and chatting up a storm. We did such fun things over the years; picnicking (with wedding cake - white, of course) on Doc Maynard's grave, sipping tea on multiple occasions at the Olympic Hotel, laughing and chatting at various restaurants around town. She and John took me out for my MSW graduation dinner. Wonderful people. I'm so grateful we remained close. She was the most dear and caring of friends. So many wonderful memories...
Cathi Soriano
October 30, 2014
Our Dear Dear Moya will be so sadly missed. She was a gem and so deeply dedicated to her students. Her kind heart and spirit will be missed.
Cheryl Yates
October 30, 2014
A cherished colleague, dear friend and wise counsel for many years. I shall never forget Moya, especially the twinkle in her eye!

Jim Whittaker
UW School of Social Work
J.K. Whittaker
October 30, 2014
Moya, you are missed by a multitude of students and faculty . You have enriched the personal and professional lives of so many. For me you embodied what a real social worker is all about, an embodiment that I attribute to but a select few.
Rest in Peace Ted
October 30, 2014
Moya was a beloved and admired colleague and friend to me for more than 25 of the 40 years she was a Professor at the School of Social Work before her retirement and since. Many thousands of students learned about our social work profession through her excellence as a teacher and mentor. I heard from several students that often student would give her a standing ovation at the end of class because of the profound impact she had on them and her eloquence as a spokesperson for our profession. Every year almost without fail she was chosen by the BASW students as one of the two professors who they wanted to represent them at graduation and she read each of their names with such respect and grace as they walked across the stage. Her profound legacy will live on through the lives of the clients and communities they serve. I will miss her very much and count myself so very fortunate to have known her. J'May Rivara
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