Marcella Delayne Duncan Farris “Marty”

Our beloved Marcella Delayne Duncan Farris “Marty” passed peacefully from this life on May 31, 2024.  Marty requested that there not be a service, so the family will honor that wish.

Marty, as she was known by friends and family, was born February 18, 1952, in Amarillo, Texas.  She was a lifelong resident of Amarillo and received her high school diploma from Amarillo High School.

She met the love of her life, Tommy Farris and they were married on June 7, 1971.  After working several jobs, including Fritz’s OK Cleaners, she attended Amarillo College and graduated with her Associate’s Degree in Nursing.  She then began a 30-year career as a Registered Nurse with BSA.  After working as a floor nurse for several years, she became the Diabetic Educator for BSA and received her certification as a Certified Diabetics Educator.  She retired from BSA in 2016.

Marty was known for her wit and sweet spirit.  She had a creative side and enjoyed needlework, sewing, and scrapbooking.  Marty also had a generous heart and supported numerous charitable organizations.  Her greatest joys in life were husband, son, and granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Jean Duncan.

Her survivors include her husband of 53 years, Tommy Farris of Amarillo; one son, Skyler Farris of Amarillo, and one granddaughter, Arelynn Farris of Mansfield, Texas.  Her memory will also be cherished by her three brothers, Lowell Duncan and wife Debbie of Amarillo, Nolan Duncan of Dallas, and Kevin Duncan and wife Jana of Amarillo, as well as several nieces and nephews.

A special thanks to BSA Hospice for their care of Marcella.

The family suggests memorials be made in Marty’s memory to your favorite charity.


  1. Suzanne (Suzy) Corbett

    First cousins, no matter how far apart, are a special lot. My brother, Jay Traxel, and I are Marty’s St.Louis cousins. We’re blessed with many memories of Marty that will forever bring us smiles and laughter – especially when we reminisce recounting those childhood and teenager Texas visits with our Mother, Marty’s Aunt Opal. Marty was indeed a sweet spirit with an infectious laugh. She will be missed but will never be forgotten. Thanks for the memories Marty.

    Our condolences to you Tommy and Skylar, and to our remaining cousins, Lowell, Nolan, and Kevin.

  2. Mike Melton

    Tom so sorry for the loss of Marty what a good family and friends god bless

  3. Kasey Stidger

    She was my bonus 2nd mom basically my whole kid life. I lived 2 blocks down from them and Skyler and I were babysat together at 3 years old. I spent everyday every summer at Marty & Tommy’s house. Always wanted to live there just to have that love and fun and kindness all the time. I’ll always look after and be involved in Skyler’s life for you Marty and I know you are smiling seeing us still be close. I love you and will miss you. Love Kasey

  4. Fanny Stidger

    Marty was probably my best friend at BSA. I never saw her in a down moment. She was always lifting everyone around her up with her wit and smile. She provided so much good in this world and will truly be missed. My thoughts and prayers to Toomy and Skyler in this time.

  5. Jan Willis

    I hired Marty for her first job at BSA. I knew she was a great nurse and she was. we were always friends for 30 years. When I was having a bad day, I knew I could visit her and my day would change. I will truly miss her.

  6. Janice Taylor

    Marty and I would talk just about everyday when I was at BSA and she taught me a lot about diabetics. I was a RN there too. I enjoyed our visits. She was a very caring person. I’ll keep all of you in my prayers. Marty will be missed.

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