F. Martha (Tallent) Ghika, a lifelong resident of Malden, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 10th, in Malden. Marty was born in Malden in 1929, the daughter of John and Ella Tallent. She was raised and educated in Malden. It wasn’t long after graduating from Malden High School that she married her High School sweetheart, and the two settled down in Malden to raise their family. In addition to being a homemaker and incredible mother, Marty also worked as the bookkeeper for the family business, Royco Mailing Services for several decades. She and Roy shared over 70 devoted years together until his passing in 2020.
In years past, she taught Sunday School at the First Congregational Church of Malden. Marty was a very social, caring, selfless and giving person, and she enjoyed crocheting and cooking, and taking care of her family. She loved to decorate and celebrate the holidays. Nothing made her happier than giving and being around her family, especially all her grandkids. Marty was hopelessly silly, even up until the end and had a gift of loving everyone she met. She had a true nature of giving and expected nothing in return. She had a heart of gold that will surely serve her well on the other side.
She is survived by her daughter Nancy E. Freda and husband Todd of FL, her sons, Gary D. Ghika and wife Donna of Saugus, Thomas M. Ghika and wife Lisa of Reading, and favorite son Robert M. Ghika and wife Susan of Malden, her son in law David Surette of Lynnfield, her grandchildren Matt & Zack Ghika, Matt, Katie & Tyler Surette, Mike, Sam & Joe Ghika, Michele Lemist, Zoe & Jake Duggan, Thomas, Ashley and Drew Ghika, as well as 12 great grandchildren.
Martha was preceded in Death by her daughter, Kathy A. Surette, and her siblings, Ray Tallent, June Lofredda, and Robert Tallent. May they all rest in peace together in joy and comfort.
Funeral services will be held in the Weir-MacCuish Golden Rule Funeral Home, 144 Salem St, Malden on Friday, July 15th, at 12PM, with visitation beginning at 9AM. Interment to follow in Forest Dale Cemetery, Section 32A.