Obituary of Martha Moore Duprey
Martha Moore Duprey died in Grass Valley on July 20, 2015.
Born in San Francisco in 1924, she was proud to be a third-generation Californian. On her father’s side, she was the great-granddaughter of German-Swiss immigrants who settled in Anderson Valley, Mendocino County in 1855; her mother’s family was from Kansas City, Missouri.
As a Red Cross volunteer during World War II, Martha met her loving late husband Oliver (“Duke”) Duprey at a U.S.O. dance. They married in 1943 and after the war raised their two daughters in his hometown, Long Beach. They later moved to Coursegold. Two years after Duke’s death, she came in 1998 to Grass Valley, living here ever since.
Martha had many interests, including quilting, needlepoint, sewing, gardening, and cooking; she was also a highly motivated life-long learner and an avid reader. She leaves a legacy of dozens of handmade quilts, a large library, and memories of many delicious homemade meals. Countless good times were enjoyed on camping trips with family, hosting holiday parties for relatives, traveling the country by trailer with her husband, square dancing with friends, and participating in activities with her daughters, their husbands, and her grandchildren.
Martha was independent and strong, and her family mattered deeply to her.
She is survived by her siblings, Kathleen Gallagher and George Moore; daughters Virginia (Martin) Ernster and Jacqueline (Morris) Hervey; grandchildren Gretchen (Ethan) Henderson and Eric (Eunice) Ernster; great-granddaughter Riley; and many nephews and nieces.
A family celebration of Martha’s life will be held in the fall.
Her family thanks everyone at Atria in Grass Valley, where Mom was so well cared for and where she felt loved and appreciated.
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