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Martha Adele Duley

September 4, 1943July 24, 2020
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Martha Adele Duley passed away quietly on Friday, July 24, 2020 at her home. She was 76. She is 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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Don Cleveland

August 8, 2020

I'm so sorry you're gone, Martha. My memories of Mokane and get togethers with Cleveland family cousins in Camdenton will always be strong. I love you, Martha and I'll see you again someday.

Cousin Don Cleveland

Judy Cleveland Nosek

August 5, 2020

I visited New Orleans over 30 years ago and Martha and I spent an evening recording “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” in her studio. What fun we had! I’m so happy I saw her at our cousin reunion. Our condolences for the loss of your wonderful mom, grandmother and great grandmother.


August 5, 2020

I haven't seen Martha in a couple of years and the last time I saw her was at Boomtown Casino and, of course, she was enjoying herself. She had a gift for enjoying life. She was a good friend when we worked in the 24th JDC and we had a great group of secretaries that were true professionals but also real nice people. We enjoyed getting together and always had a lot of fun and laughs. Especially at Martha's "cookie parties". Those were some great times. I am so glad and grateful that I was a part of that group of ladies and that I had the chance to be friends with Martha. She was a great gal!!!

Margaret (Maggie) Johnson

August 4, 2020

My sister, Martha, was a wonderful person, and I will miss her for the rest of my days! Throughout my lifetime, she was always nice to me! (Okay, when she was a teenager and wanted to go "riding around", sometimes she had to take the "little kids"--I was one of them. When she would see someone she knew, she would make us get in the floor of the car. Sister Martha absolutely LOVED telling that story, and we always had a good laugh when she told it.) Seriously, she was a very sweet sister!
Martha was the most giving person I have ever known. Truly, she would have given all she had to help others. She spent hours crocheting beautiful, creative gifts for many people. I treasure the ones she made for me.
In addition, Martha was a great storyteller and would have all of us roaring with laughter while she not only told a story but acted it out as well. What a great sense of humor and timing she had!
Family reunions were always fun; she brought "prizes" and food, helped fix the food (and she was a wonderful cook!), helped clean up, entertained guests and had us laughing the whole time. Her stories about her grandsons and great-granddaughter were priceless!
My sister worked hard throughout her whole life but always took time for anyone who came to visit her. She made being together exciting, and she loved deeply. I was so blessed by getting to see her this past January and blessed by having her in my life!
My deepest sympathy to Sabrina, Perry, Shari, Parker, Leia, Ava, and all of her family and friends. She will be missed!
Martha, I love and miss you so much!!! But I'm so excited for you that you are reunited with Taylor and others who have gone before us. May we meet together in heaven throughout all eternity!

alan & carolyn matthews

August 4, 2020

Martha was the most generous and giving person I have ever known, She loved buying and giving things to Carolyn. You couldn"t be out shopping with her and just casually mention that you liked something, it would end up in your bag or car.
She loved her family. but I think Parker had a special place in her heart , just like Carolyn and Matthew had, and still does. There is something about the grandmother/grandson bond that cannot be explained.
We love you Martha and all those Duley folks down there in La.
You will surely be missed.
alan & carolyn

Thomas Verdin

August 4, 2020

I’m so sorry for the lost of Ms.Martha she was the most independent woman I knew that’s what made her so special, she will be truly missed🌹l used to love her roast beef pinwheels they were the best. RIP 💕

P. Lindsey Williams

August 4, 2020

Martha Duley was one of a kind! I met her as a young lawyer at the Jefferson Parish courthouse. In the early nineties there was a judge that would allow smoking in his unoccupied jury room during the day. While I wasn’t a smoker, I enjoyed spending time in there with the various lawyers and court personnel that would congregate there. Martha was one of those that would brighten up the room with funny stories, causing smiles and laughter from others in the room. She always spoke of her grandchildren. She would particularly speak with me about Parker, now Dr. Velargo, because he chose to attend a Brother Martin H.S. and she new of my love of the school. Martha will be remembered fondly by all of the courthouse crowd. She truly was a beloved fixture! Rest In Peace my dear.

Parker Velargo

August 3, 2020

Last month I lost my biggest advocate and cheerleader in life, my Maw Maw Martha. She spoiled me rotten and is responsible for my big head. My mom made her a grandmother at the young age of 39! She was like my second mom with the energy and stamina to boot. Her youth allowed us to have a relationship like no other. I’ll remember riding the town with her, sleepovers at her house, and my times in the French Quarter and Jefferson Parish courthouse with her most fondly. My child will never know a grandparent like her, and I was so blessed to have her. She was a witty, foul mouthed, cigarette loving, straight shooter with a heart of gold. In addition to being a beloved member of the Jefferson Parish Court House family, she found a killer and appeared on John Walsh’s America’s Most Wanted (they still owe her a hat!), owned a music video recording studio on Bourbon Street, and her beauty was admired by Dr. Henry Lee (world renowned forensic pathologist) during the Meyers-Fontanille trial, which was detailed in Joseph Bosco’s book “Blood Will Tell”. She was responsible for getting me involved in music and helping to form me into a young professional. When I did anything exciting or succeeded at something, she was my person to call. Her enthusiasm was always genuine and heartfelt. She bragged on me to the point of embarrassment (for me), but I knew everything I accomplished truly made her happy too. My greatest accomplishment and gift to her was that of a great-grandchild. I wish they had more time together, but her memory will never be lost. I loved putting on a show for her and pulling her chain. I’ll miss her laugh, her voice, and her presence in my life. May she Rest In Peace and watch over us with the rest of our heavenly family.

Donald Leap

August 3, 2020

I have fond memories of cousin Martha even though I only saw her perhaps only two or three times in the middle to late nineteen-fifties. The primary reason for such infrequent visits was because my brother Marc and I were living in Portland, Oregon, where I still reside. We were the branch of the family that was ‘out west.’ My mother, Martha Cleveland, was one of cousin Martha’s father’s siblings. A summer’s journey by train to other Clevelands in Kansas City would by necessity require an automobile trip to tiny Mokane, Missouri [population then: 477; population now: 185] where our grandparents, Catherine and Ora Cleveland, lived.

Perhaps some of the many cousins who would assemble in Mokane in those days have a sharper relocation than I, but I do recall two events particularly. For me, a big adventure was to hike to a stream called Clabber Creek which was where these events happened. There were seemingly endless things there to see that were neither common or nor even present in my urban Portland neighborhood. The nearest body of flowing water was far beyond the foot-range of a ten-year old. Clabber Creek was an amazing attraction even though I wasn’t interested nature. It was just so different and walking there was an incomparable adventure.

Those two events, on different occasions, were totally ordinary in a child’s early life: a sprained ankle and a bee sting. The extraordinary point was that, although everyone was concerned about my injuries, cousin Martha seemed to exhibit an extra level caring and desire for my rapid recovery. Sometimes the simplest things can seed the longest memories.

Cousin Martha’s father and my mother came from the house of Cleveland that produced seemingly zillions of baby-boomer offspring including my brother and those who remained closer to their roots. Yet, the wonderful memories of summers spent ‘back east’ and the memories of my nearly unknown relations will be dear to me forever.

Donald Leap (cousin)
Portland, Oregon

Star and Pam Richardson

August 3, 2020

We are so sad to hear of Ms. Martha’s passing. We are praying for your family and keeping you close in our thoughts and prayers. Life is never the same after we lose our parents. We are always going to be a phone call away if you need us. We love you and we loved your feisty, beautiful, funny mom. We love you Sabrina
Love always,
Star and Pam


The Cleveland Family!
Forrest, Ruth & Kay (back row)
Carolyn, Martha, Ruth Ann & Margaret


The Cleveland Girls! (L to R)
Margaret, Carolyn, Martha, Ruth Ann & Kay


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