Verla J. Dudley, 91, of Melbourne, Florida, died Sunday July 15, 2012.
|Martha Ard Hartley|
Martha and Jack moved to Brevard County in 1956 where they raised three children. Martha was very involved in the welfare of her community, serving on fund-raising committees for The Brevard Hospital, The Brevard Symphony Guild, and other charities. She was a founding member and the first president of Melbourne Panhellenic and an active member of the Garden Club by the Sea. She attended Holy Trinity Episcopal Church for over 50 years.
Martha’s many interests included golf, travel, spoiling her Shelties, and vacationing at their mountain home in Highlands, NC, where they have many close friends. Martha was an enthusiastic bridge player and an avid reader, with a special interest in poetry. She was gifted at making friends and took great joy in those relationships.
Foremost in her life, however, was her love of family. She excelled at being a wife, mother, and doting grandmother and was thrilled to be an ever-present part of her grandchildren’s lives. She looked forward to and organized wonderful family vacations.
Martha is survived by her loving husband, Jack; her brother William Ard; her three children John, Melissa, and Bill; and her six grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church at 10:00am, Saturday, July 21st. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Holy Trinity Memorial Fund (50 W. Strawbridge Ave, Melbourne, FL 32901) or The Health First Foundation (1350 S. Hickory St, Melbourne, FL).
Brownlie-Maxwell Funeral Home in Melbourne is serving the family (321) 723-2345 www.brownliemaxwell.com
Marcia Icabalceta Roberts, 68, passed away while holding her husband’s hand after a courageous three year battle with ovarian cancer. A proud naturalized citizen, she was born May 28, 1944 to Abel and Antonia Icabalceta in Managua, Nicaragua.
She worked for the Brevard County school system for 23 years and was recognized as her school’s Employee of the Year twice. A determined woman, she came from humble beginnings to live her version of the American dream. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend and will be missed by all.
She is survived by her loving husband of 40+ years, Donald F. Roberts, son Donald I. Roberts (Melody) of Smyrna, GA; son Dr. Miguel Roberts (Sushma) of Towson, MD; brothers Jaime (Managua), Oscar and Roger (both of Miami); sister Irene (Gretna); 3 grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held on July 21st at 2pm at Suntree United Methodist Church, Melbourne, FL.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be made in her name to the Univ. of Pennsylvania’s early detection Ovarian Cancer Research Center by either calling (215) 746-2213; online at penncancer.org/patients/giving; or by mailing to Penn Medicine Development, Attn: Charles Gondos, 3535 Market Street, Suite 750, Philadelphia, PA 19104.
Anyone wishing to share a memory or send the family a message is asked to please visit Marcia’s guestbook at www.beachfuneralhome.com.
Beach Funeral Home & Cremation Services
1689 South Patrick Drive
Indian Harbour Beach, Florida 32937
Phone: 321- 777- 4640
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