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Martha Steadman Matloff 1937-2023

Martha Steadman Matloff, age 85, of Cody, WY and Geneva, NY died on January 26, 2023 near her family in Branford, CT after a long and successful life. Martha was born in Cody, WY on August 24, 1937 to the late Oliver and Sarah (Donley) Steadman. As a young woman, she rode in the rodeo and loved horses. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Wyoming with in 1959 and her M.D. from the University of Colorado to earn in 1966. She did her medical residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Rochester where she met David Matloff, whom would become her husband of 55 years. Martha and David eventually settled in Geneva, NY where they worked as an efficient and mighty team, running a successful medical practice together for decades, and raising two daughters: Ellen and Sarah.


Martha often delivered more than 300 babies per year at Geneva General Hospital and

was known for her deep and lasting relationships with her patients and their families,

and her ability to remember her babies’ names and birthdays decades later when she

ran into their parents in Madia’s or Wegmans. Martha had forever relationships with

her office staff and floor nurses, and was known for her feisty personality, dressing to

the nines, the clink of her high heels and keys as she raced down the halls, cheering at

her daughters’ swim meets, softball games, and cheerleading competitions, and for

being a fierce advocate for women. Martha was an expert cook and baker, and was

known for baking cookies (to fill her giant cookie jar, only to be devoured by her

daughters’ friends), scones, and muffins in the wee hours of the morning when she

returned home from a delivery. Her mondel bread was advance-ordered at the annual

bake sale for Temple Beth-El and her scones are still requested at the annual Wassail

Bowl.


Martha was a trailblazer and left a vast legacy. She served as a role model of what

women can accomplish for her daughters, their friends, her granddaughters, and many

of her patients, friends, and colleagues. Martha was beloved by all who knew her,

especially her countless patients who spoke of “Dr. Martha” with high regard. She and

her husband socialized regularly with their dear friends, both at their home and local

establishments, and enjoyed watching football and basketball games, traveling, and

visiting their daughters.


Martha loved everything Wyoming. She and David bought a mountain cabin in

Wapiti, WY after their retirement and spent countless months enjoying Wyoming,

Yellowstone, and their friends out West. Martha worked as a volunteer administering

Covid vaccinations in Wyoming just one year ago and was an active member of her

local PEO chapter.


In 2009 Martha’s first granddaughter, Leah Donley Matloff, was born, followed 10

months later by her second, Ruby Aurora Redbord. Martha cherished her

granddaughters, spent as much time with them as possible, and left her feisty DNA

coursing through their veins.


Martha was predeceased by her parents, Oliver and Sally Steadman. She is survived

by her husband, David, daughter Ellen (Michael Bowler), daughter Sarah,

granddaughters Leah Matloff and Ruby Redbord, and her three beloved siblings: Don

(Linda) Steadman; John (Sally) Steadman; Shirley (Wally) Steadman; as well as her

nieces, nephews, and cousins. Per her request, Martha’s ashes will be scattered at their

cabin in Wapiti, WY. Martha did not want a service after her death. In her honor,

please call a dear friend and tell them what they mean to you or bake something for a

loved one.


In lieu of flowers, donations in Martha’s memory may be made to the PEO Chapter D

of Cody, care of Debra Roland, 1187 Southfork Road, Cody WY 82414 with “In

Memory of Martha Matloff” in the memo or to Branford CT Hospice at 100 Double

Beach Road, Branford, CT 06405.


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