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Rafi, Martha “Marti” Elizabeth

Posted: Tue 2:45 PM, Nov 07, 2017
Funeral Home: Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg
Martha “Marti” Elizabeth Rafi, 71, of Marietta, OH, formerly of Westerville, OH and Williamstown, WV, passed away peacefully November 6, 2017 at her residence.

She was born in Jersey City, NJ October 9, 1946 a daughter of the late Captain Carl Rafi Jr. and Elizabeth Constance (Matthews) Rafi.

Marti earned her MS in Rehabilitation Counseling and Diagnostic Evaluation at West Virginia University Morgantown. She worked as a Mental Health Therapist at Marietta Memorial Hospital. Marti had a love for animals and performed in various musical venues.

She is survived by her three daughters, Elizabeth A. Nelson of Vienna, WV, Mary S. Nelson & (James Kuzniar) of Morgantown, WV, and Victoria A. Nelson & (Wayne Hilt Jr.) of Westerville, OH, eight grandchildren, Jeffrey Nelson-Swope & (Tressa), William Nelson, Joshua Williams, Sara Williams, Teagan Kuzniar, Seamus Hilt, Miranda Hilt, and Genevieve Hilt, brother, Captain Carl Rafi III & (Diane) of Brooklyn, NY, two nieces, Melissa and Caryn Rafi, dear friend, Martha Peters, her service dog Elke and her previous husband, Henry Neale Nelson of Parkersburg.

Service will be Thursday 3:00 PM at The Leavitt Funeral Home Parkersburg.

A private burial will follow at Fox Field Preserve at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to The Parkersburg Humane Society @ PO Box 392 Parkersburg, WV 26102.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.LeavittFuneralHome.com.

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