Martha Jane (Durbin) Cady, the daughter of James and Dagmar (Andreasen) Durbin, was born on December 24, 1933, at home in Coon Rapids, Iowa. She was the thirteenth child in their family of nineteen children. After a courageous fight with lung cancer, Martha died on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at Black Hawk Life Care Center in Lake View at the age of 83, where she had resided for the past year and a half.
On December 7, 1953, Martha was united in marriage to Merrill L. Cady in Carroll, Iowa. Merrill was in the service, and they were stationed in Salt Lake City, Utah and Baltimore, Maryland. After his discharge from the service, they moved to Sac City in 1954, and became members of the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ. Martha was a Sunday School teacher, CYF sponsor and a deaconess in the church.
Martha worked at DaLe Monogramming Co. for over 35 years, producing school athletic letters for teams throughout the Midwest, and personalized apparel. She loved gardening, crocheting, knitting, and had a passion for reading. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and a friend to many.
Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Merrill; daughters, Kathy (Steve) Gerdes of Normal, IL; Karen Jackson of Edmond, OK; and Kelly (Tony) Lomelino of St. Cloud, FL; six grandchildren; Kiera Winslow, Brian Jackson, Randy Sturridge, Scott Jackson, Ariel Carmean, and Alex Jackson, as well as four great-grandchildren; one brother, Gary (Betty) Durbin, and two sisters, Carolyn (Dick) Lanning, and Deanna Firebaugh, and many nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Verna, Ina Mae, Dorothy, Betty Jean, June, and Eleanora; and brothers, William, Wayne, Roy, Harold, Lynn, Dale, James, and twins, Lester and Loren.
Memorials may be sent to Kindred Hospice, 831 N Griffith Rd, Carroll, IA, 50401 or to the First Christian Church, 521 Park Ave, Sac City, IA, 50583.
11:00 a.m. Friday
June 9, 2017
First Christian Church
Sac City, Iowa