Martha E. Malloy

April 04, 1924 ‒ June 09, 2020

Delaware, Ohio

Martha E. Malloy, 96, of Delaware, passed away peacefully Tuesday afternoon, June 9, 2020 at Country View of Sunbury.  She was blessed to have her children and their spouses with her in person or in spirit by phone.

Born April 4, 1924 in Warren, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Charles A. and Gladys (Fox) Downs.  After high school, Martha moved to Miami, Florida and enlisted in the United States Coast Guard during WWII.  She was a courier driving jeeps and other military vehicles carrying officers, enlisted men and women, mail and cargo from ship to shore around Miami, FL and later in Boston, MA.  She loved serving in the military and said it was the “best of times and the worst of times.” Martha was honorably discharged in 1945 after the war ended.  She loved people and could strike up a conversation easily.  Waitressing was her chosen profession because it allowed her to get to know people from all walks of life.

Martha loved being active even into late age.  She helped her daughter teach Reiki, traveled to grandkids’ weddings, played cards with family and friends, Sue and Dave Wilhelm, enjoyed dining out, exercised, did chair yoga and played tug-of-war with the puppies until she was over 95 years old.  In her earlier years, she enjoyed camping with her children, traveling, swimming, golf and bowling.  She cherished the memory of a senior bus tour across the U.S. visiting the National Parks.  Those who knew Martha described her as a vivacious and vibrant soul, who was loving, fun, smart, witty and sometimes a bit ornery.

Martha is survived by her children Polly Morgan (David Scarlett), Patrick (Randie) Morgan, Terry (Cindy) Morgan, Roger (Cheryl) Nord, 10 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren and her youngest brother David Downs.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, William H.  Malloy, parents and siblings Eugene, Wanda, Marjorie, William and Barbara Louise.

It was Martha’s wish to be cremated.  Private family services will be held at a later date.  She was deeply loved and admired by many and will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Central Ohio Alzheimer’s Association, 1379 Dublin Road, Columbus, OH 43215 or SourcePoint, 800 Cheshire Rd., Delaware, OH 43015.

To share a fond memory or to leave a message of condolence please visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.

The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center in Delaware is assisting the family with arrangements.

  • To All of Martha’s Family, I send my loving thoughts for your healing and special remembrances of time spent with this special woman. She was one of my dearest, dearest friends and my mentor in life. She was there for me in my many emotional losses during our 20 plus years of friendship. I hope I was there for her as much as she was for me. We shared so many stories and fun travel experiences together. She will be greatly missed by Bill and I and we have already been remembering so many of her endearing idiosyncrasies – Haha. She gave us such joy and laughter over the years. Support each other in this time of sorrow and know that she is in a better place.

  • Aunt Martha (or as I always called you, Aunt Marfie)

    I will cherish the time I spent with you and Grandma Marge when I was younger. You and Grandma were two of the spunkiest, most ornery woman I’ve ever known and I love you both to pieces. The stories Grandma used to tell of the trouble you two got into and all the fun times you had were priceless. I’m so glad I got to see you again a few years ago. Rest In Peace.

    Love,

    Nicole

  • Polly and Family I am so saddened for your loss. What an incredible woman Martha was and will always be remembered as. She had such a fire of determination and free will that was sparked during most conversations I had the pleasure of sharing. She made me laugh at her orneriness and humor. He face lit when she spoke of the many roads of life she traveled. Her willingness to help with any need was sheer beauty of the human race. I have missed my conversations with Martha but she is now entertaining within a different dimension and boy are they in for a treat. Till we meet again Martha, I bid you love within the light.

  • Polly, Pat, Terry and Roger
    This comes with my deepest sympathy for your loss. It’s a lovely tribute to her and l most certainly can relate to ornery. I’ll remember her that way always and all the adventures we had. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Love, Roxanne

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