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Martha Roehrig
  • July 29, 1963
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  • May 10, 2019

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Martha Christine Roehrig, 55, of Daytona Beach died Friday, May 10, 2019 at her home at The Gardens.  Muffi was born in Natick, MA on July 29, 1963, daughter of Caleb and Frances (Fernald) Roehrig. Born with Down syndrome, Muffi brought joy to everyone she shared her life with. At age two, she moved with her family to Ecuador, and the Dominican Republic.  Her family later settled in Washington, DC, where she attended programs in special education, and delighted everyone in her realm with a charming personality, a fun sense of humor, and the ability to speak in Spanish. When her parents retired in 1989, she moved with them to New Smyrna Beach, FL.  An accomplished athlete, Muffi competed at the Special Olympics in bowling and swimming. She could beat her sisters in arm wrestling, and threw a mean Frisbee. An extrovert at heart, Muffi loved the community she shared with her friends. Square dancing was one of her favorite activities, as well as attending church. She spent many years at the Work Orientation Rehabilitation Center in Daytona Beach, where she was employed to complete different jobs, including stuffing envelopes for mailings, making salsa, and serving members of the Board during meetings while working in the kitchen.  Muffi was of great value due to her attention to detail.  Muffi is preceded in death by her sister and brother-in-law Holly and Andy Lee, as well as both of her parents.  She is survived by three sisters and one brother, and their respective spouses and families; Nancy and Larry Bailey of Boise, ID, Charlie and Amy Roehrig of Ann Arbor, MI; Elizabeth and John Abernathy of Penhook, VA, Susan and Jay Reilly of Milton, GA; and her wonderful caregiver, Jeanne Sandblom of Ormond Beach, FL.  A memorial service will be planned for a later date.  Donations in Muffi’s memory will be used, through St. Peter the Fisherman Episcopal Church, to continue the work she has done to raise awareness and help others with special needs, particularly those with Down syndrome. St. Peter the Fisherman Episcopal Church, 4220 Saxon Drive, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169 Re: “Muffi’s Work”.  

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  1. 20 May 2019
    Susan says:
    Oh Sooz and Jay,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Too much. Youre warmth and dedication to family has always touched my heart. May it heal yours.
    Love, Suz

  2. 18 May 2019
    Anne Garrett says:
    So sorry for your loss. All our love,
    Anne and David Garrett

  3. 18 May 2019
    Jocelyn D. says:
    Dearest Susan and entire family, sending light, love, and prayers to you all. Muff made a difference in the world; may we all continue in her footsteps.
    Love, Jocelyn & family