OBITUARY

Martha Ellen Deckard

February 11, 1952September 1, 2019
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Deckard, Martha Siling, age 67, passed away suddenly on September 1, 2019, after years of chronic health issues. She was born at MacDill AFB and has remained a south Tampa resident.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Alexander and Frances Siling. She is survived by her siblings, Roger D. Siling (Judy), Jane F. Siling and Carol J. Goodyear (Jim); children, Jon A. Deckard (Tricia), Denise D. Castillo (Archie), and Carol Laney Hecht (Josh); grandchildren, Aiden, Amelia, Piper, Jackson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was retired after having dedicated years to being a legal transcriptionist. She was an avid reader with a photographic memory and a wicked sense of humor. She truly enjoyed the simple things in life. Her grandchildren were the center of her world.

The family will receive friends Sunday, September 8, 2019 at Blount & Curry Funeral Home at Garden of Memories, 4207 E. Lake Ave from 1 – 2 p.m. A funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. with graveside services immediately following in Myrtle Hill Memorial Park.

  • FAMILY

  • Alexander Siling, Father (deceased)
  • Frances Jambor Siling, Mother (deceased)
  • Roger D. Siling and wife, Judy, Brother
  • Jane F. Siling, Sister
  • Carol J. Goodyear and husband, Jim, Sister
  • Jon A. Deckard and wife, Tricia, Son
  • Denise D. Castillo and husband, Archie, Daughter
  • Carol Laney Hecht and husband, Josh, Daughter
  • Also surviving are her grandchildren, Aiden, Amelia, Piper, Jackson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, September 8, 2019
  • Funeral Service Sunday, September 8, 2019

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Stacey Catherwood

September 9, 2019

I worked with Martha at Ketchey Horan. Our desks were beside each other for a time and she would often crack me up with her "grumbling" at the attorneys. She was funny, smart and had a quick wit. We both enjoyed the same authors and would often compare notes of books we had read. My prayers are with you all.

Mike Horan

September 8, 2019

We at the Ketchey Horan law firm were fortunate to work with Martha for many years. Martha transcribed, typed and formatted legal documents skifully. Her clever wit was an added bonus.
My wife Donna and I extend out sympathies and condolences to all of Martha's family. May she rest in peace.

Nancy (Jolley) Gray

September 7, 2019

We were all good friends as families and played together as children and lost touch as we grew older. Every time I see Barcelona street I think of your family. My sympathies to Roger, Jane, Carol and the families. Sorry for your loss.


Nancy Jolley Gray and family

John Neukamm

September 6, 2019

Martha took care of my dictation and word processing for 17 years at the Ketchey Horan law firm with efficiency, dedication and, frequently, wit. My handwriting is atrocious, but she never had trouble deciphering my scrawl (and more than once, in fact, she helped me translate my own handwriting)! She and Carolyn Pledger ruled the roost (and controlled our workflow) from the Word Processing Department. Her loyalty was unparalleled, and her competence was unmatched (and she always had a romance novel nearby for her breaks and the rare “slow times”). I know she loved her family ... she will be missed, and I will pray for the repose of her soul and that her family finds peace during this difficult time.

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