At sunset on February 12, 2021, Martha Virginia Gazley, née Boggs (Marti), surrounded by her loved ones, passed from the arms of her husband into eternity. She was eighty-six years old. She was born in Fitzgerald, Georgia on September 4, 1934, of J. Kenneth and Martha Virginia (Hale) Boggs. She lived in various places during the depression: Delaware, Minnesota, upstate New York, and Princeton, New Jersey, where she completed her primary and secondary schooling, graduating from Cornell University in 1956 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
She married Richard Charles Gazley Jr. (Dick) on June 17, 1955, betrothed after a courtship of two and a half weeks. They had almost sixty-six “wonderful” years together, as she said in her last words¬¬: Oh Dick, I love you so much. I’ve had a wonderful life.
A honeymoon of three weeks saw them parted, Marti back to her final year at Cornell and Dick to Germany, courtesy of the United States Army. Their second honeymoon took place a year later, this time in Europe. They returned to the States in November, 1956. Dick took a job in Manhattan in the petrochemical industry and they moved to New Jersey, settling in Mountain Lakes after successive homes in Elizabeth, Nutley and Parsippany.
Marti was mother to four beautiful daughters, Sharon, Debi, Beth and Amy. She was, in addition and by common agreement, den mother to all the kids in every neighborhood in which we lived. She put herself to sleep one night by counting all the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches she had made in her life. Another image: Marti at the piano, kids packed around her, all singing songs as she played.
The family moved to Vermont in 1970, where Marti and Dick operated a small furniture manufacturing business in Shelburne. The family lived in Shelburne until 1975 when they moved to Huntington Center, where Marti was a library trustee, a grand juror and the author of the first town plan. In 1979 Marti began a career in development for higher education. She worked initially at the University of Vermont, then for Norwich University. In her years of retirement she and Dick travelled extensively until rheumatoid arthritis curtailed her travel. She lived her last years in a beautiful home on the Winooski River in South Burlington, designed by her and Dick to be their last residence.
She is survived, in addition to Dick, by her daughters and their spouses, Scott Cochrane (partner of Sharon), Carl Weinberg (husband of Beth), and Robert Kernan (husband of Amy). She also leaves her brother Kenneth Boggs and her sister Candace Drimmer and their spouses, and grandchildren Benjamin Rothenburg and Rachel Allard and their spouses Melissa Rothenburg and Eric Allard, and by grandchildren Erin Sita, Kevin Weinberg and Anna Weinberg, and by great-grandchildren Grace and Will Rothenburg and Lucy and Noel Allard, and by eleven nieces and nephews.
She had many friends, for to know her was to love her. Lucky are we to have been loved by her, and to have been bathed in the warmth of her smile and enclosed in her embracing generosity. May she rest in eternal peace.