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Martha L. Heffernan

May 16, 2020

Martha L. Heffernan, 78, Clayton, passed away on Saturday, May 16, 2020 at Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital, Murrells Inlet, South Carolina.

Born March 28, 1942, in Boston, MA, the daughter of William and Martha Ackerman, she was raised by her grandparents, John and Anna Johnson, fondly known as Gramps and Grammy, Clayton, NY. She attended Immaculate Heart Academy, Watertown, and Clayton Central School, Clayton./p>

Marty, as known to her friends, married Robert S. Heffernan on July 20, 1959 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, and resided in Clayton, where they raised four children and spent an enormous part of their lives enjoying all of the beautiful offerings of the St. Lawrence River.

Marty was a wonderful role-model and champion for her children. She took great pride in her work and exhibited a great work ethic in all that she did. Over the years, she worked at the Clayton Big M, B&D Market, Gray’s Wholesale, Graphic Controls, the Victorian, and the Cape Vincent Correctional Facility before retiring in 1997.

She enjoyed volunteering and spent many years supporting Clayton Minor Hockey as general manager and scheduler, a job that she loved. She was a former member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 821, Knights of Columbus, Red Hat Society, and a communicant of St. Mary’s Church. Marty loved to cook and entertain; she was an avid shopper and reader; a strategic card player, and a lover of animals.

Along with her husband, Bob, she is survived by her daughter Tami Scott (Cathedral City, CA) and her son Ryan Scott and his wife, Kat Nguyen (Santa Rosa, CA); her daughter Kelli Ligeikis, her husband David (Binghamton, NY and Clayton, NY), and their sons Connor (Ann Arbor, MI) and Clayton (Binghamton, NY); her son Shawn Heffernan (Columbia, SC); and her daughter Heidi Locastro, her husband Scott, and their children Nicholas and Camryn (Catonsville, MD).

Marty was a kind and generous soul and had a great love for the River; however, due to a life-altering stroke in 2013, she spent the last seven years of her life in a nursing home in Murrells Inlet, SC, a place where Bob and Marty spent the winter months beginning in 1999. Her final wish was that she return to her lifelong home in Clayton, NY.

A graveside service for immediate family members will be held in Clayton at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Marty has returned home to the River and will be laid to rest in her eternal resting place near her Gramps and Grammy.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to St. Jude, the ASPCA, or the Humane Society.

Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton. Online condolences to Marty's family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#10 Gail Lunn 2020-05-29 17:36
I was so very saddened to hear of Marty’s passing. I grew to know her over the last year at Nhc. She and I had many a conversation and she suggested several books for my reading pleasure. My parents were down the hall from her, and I lost my mom over Christmas. Marty spoke so affectionately and proudly of her children and grandchildren. My last visit with her was on the Thursday before they closed the facility to visitors. I know that God has her in the palm of His hand and that she is at peace. It was an honor to have known her.
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#9 Carol and Ken Kozin 2020-05-23 16:40
Dear Heffernan Family,
It’s with a heavy heart that we are writing with, we are so sad to hear about Marty’s passing. She was a grand lady who certainly loved to have fun; she also knew how to make everyone feel part of the family. We will cherish our memories that we have of her and your family; Rees St was never the same when Bob and Marty moved. Hugs and prayers for you all.
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#8 Beth A McGraw 2020-05-22 07:44
Bob, Tami, Kelli, Shawn and Heidi- My heart is heavy for all of you. May all the great memories keep peace with you. God Bless
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#7 Dennis Honeywell 2020-05-21 11:07
My memories of Marty are long and fun...when I was at Recreation Park in Clayton Marty was deeply involved with Thousand Islands Youth Hockey (It was known as Clayton Minor Hockey at that time) and she spent some time every day at the arena with me doing something for the organization. A devoted wife and mother and a tireless worker for others. We had a great relationship, that I value to this date. My thoughts to Bob and all the family.
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#6 Julie Turcotte 2020-05-21 10:30
Dear Bob, Tami, Shawn, Kelly and Heidi and families
I was heart broken when I heard that Marty had passed. I have so many fond memories of her. She was a real help with my dad when my mom passed. And I remember her love of animals...espec ially her cats. She was always direct and kind and I truly loved her.
May you find peace in your many many memories.
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#5 Michelle Brown 2020-05-21 06:54
Bob & Family, I'm so sorry,so many fond memories of growing up with all you over in French Town
Marty was a great lady. May thoughts and prayers are with you all.
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#4 Craig C Bartholomew 2020-05-20 08:44
Bob: Sorry for your loss. God Bless
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#3 Ed/MaryEllenWallace 2020-05-19 22:22
Bob & family, We were saddened to hear of Marty's passing. We always enjoyed her company and her wit. May she RIP.
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#2 Sue Sullivan 2020-05-19 19:54
So sorry to read of Marty's passing. I worked with Marty at the Cape, thoroughly enjoyed her company. Thoughts and prayers to all..
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#1 Louie/Rose Montante 2020-05-19 18:10
To the Heffernans. It is with much sadness that we hear of Marty's passing. We treasure the memory of the great times and laughs we've had. Our deepest sympathy.
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