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Marta Ann Cady Palmquist

September 27, 1968 - June 3, 2022

Marta Ann Palmquist Cady died Friday the 3rd of June in her loving home in Tacoma. She was surrounded by her husband and sons as she passed peacefully into God’s arms departing from our world to the next.

Born in 1968 in Arvada, Colorado (but really growing up in Leavenworth, Kansas; McNeil Island, and Tacoma, Washington) she grew up in a loving family with four sisters and three brothers. Marta as a child traveled around the states with her family before finally settling down in Washington. She received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Portland in 1990. In 1993 Marta began working for the University of Puget Sound, where she would remain until 2022. She obtained a Master’s in Student Development Administration from Seattle University in 1994. That same year she married the love of her life, Brad Cady. Marta joyously raised Brad’s two daughters as her own and she loved Aubrey and Kelia just as she loved her sons, Dallan and Ewan.

Marta was the youngest of eight children, and although there were 14 years between the oldest and the youngest, Marta had a special relationship with each of her siblings. She received special privileges as the youngest sibling and was often teased about being spoiled. Among her many nieces and nephews, she was the most beloved Aunt and spent time with most of them. She was always there when they needed life advice and someone to talk to during hard times.

Marta lived life with a joyful heart and loving spirit, even amidst life’s most difficult battles. Marta worked very very hard, and she loved to do so, she lived realistically and full of hope. Many people who knew her, and even some who didn’t would call her an “advocate” because of the generous ways in which she would give of her time. To her friends, students, her son’s friends, and perfect strangers she would be considered a light and inspiration to all. Her career at the University of Puget Sound was one filled with hard work and advocacy for the students. She worked tirelessly, sometimes to her detriment, to make sure she followed through on all of her commitments. She was late to everything because she always wanted to get one more thing done. In addition, when her children were at Visitation, she ran the annual auction, the drama program and volunteered for almost every activity. In her personal life, she opened her home to friends and strangers and was incredibly generous to those that needed a friend or advocate while they were going through the toughest of times.

Marta is predeceased by her parents Margaret and Joseph Palmquist. She is survived by her husband of 27 years Brad Cady, their children: Aubrey (James) Bussey of Madbury, New Hampshire; Kelia Cady, Dallan Cady, and Ewan Cady, all of Tacoma. She is also survived by her 7 siblings: brother Stan (Diane) Palmquist of Tacoma; sister Peg (Gary) Melhaff of Olympia; brother Robert (Robyn) Palmquist of Loon Lake, Washington; sister Kathy (Brent) Keck of Everett; brother Joe (Laurie) Palmquist of Loon Lake; sister Virginia (George) Brewer of University Place; and sister Mary (Robert Wills) Cranstoun of Tacoma. In addition she is survived by her granddaughter, Addison, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A vigil service will be held June 8 at Tuell McKee, 2215 6th Ave Tacoma, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Funeral mass for Marta will be June 9 at 12:10 p.m. at St. Leo Church, 710 S. 13th Street in Tacoma. A reception will follow at the Rotunda on the campus of University of Puget Sound, 3209 N. 15th Street in Tacoma. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to
Rebuilding Hope! Sexual Assault Center for Pierce County:

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