Martha Macoy Gorby died peacefully in her sleep on April 11, 2008, in Jerome, Idaho. She was 67 years old.
Martha was born on May 2, 1940, in White Plains, N.Y. She grew up in Old Greenwich, Conn., graduated from Greenwich High School in 1958, and then matriculated to Connecticut College for Women (class of 1962). After marrying and becoming pregnant, she attended Manhattanville College and graduated from the University of Bridgeport. Upon graduation she taught in the Greenwich public school system for several years. She found great delight in motherhood and as her family grew it became a full-time job, to say the least. A lover of flowers—especially gardenias—Martha opened Friday's Flowers and then Chelsea Flowers. Throughout these years, she was an active member of the community, volunteering innumerable hours for the Greenwich chapter of the La Leche League. She and her husband, Jack, were also members of the Riverside Yacht Club and active with First Congregational Church in Old Greenwich. Later she worked with Marsh McLennan in Stamford. In 1995, Martha moved West to Sun Valley, to be closer to several of her children.
Martha was predeceased by her parents, Ruth Norman Macoy and Eugene Wilson Macoy, and her eldest son, John Stark Gorby II. She is survived by her brother, Norman Hartwell Macoy, his wife, Sue, and their two sons, Ian and David. Martha also leaves behind her five children, Melinda, Christine, Matthew, Allison and Seth, and her three grandchildren, Samantha, Kele and Ida Belle.
She will be remembered as a fun-loving lady and a devoted mother. A memorial service will be held in her honor early this summer in Ketchum. In lieu of sending flowers, please send flowers to a friend.