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Published: Saturday, 5/24/2008

Worker in courts loved all political, legal atmospheres

Marcia L. Duffey, a longtime worker at the Lucas County Clerk of Courts office and Toledo Municipal Court, died yesterday of complications from a car accident last year. She was 62.

The Ottawa Hills resident worked in the courts for more than 20 years, said her sister, Beth Duffey-Parker.

"She loved the court system, working with all the judges and the attorneys," Ms. Duffey-Parker said.

"Some of the judges used to joke and say they would come and ask Marcia [their questions]. She knew the law so well and she knew the court system so well that they would come and ask her things."

Pat Naseem, another sister, said Ms. Duffey started working in the early 1980s in Toledo Municipal Court, then left her position as an administrative deputy clerk in the mid-1990s and went to the county court system.

She retired recently because of health concerns, Ms. Naseem said.

The career was a natural one for her sister, Ms. Naseem added.

"[Marcia] was always interested in anything that was somewhat political or legal," she said. "And we come from a family of a lot of attorneys, so she was always interested in that."

Their father, Richard Duffey, served on the Toledo Board of Education, Ms. Naseem said.

"He was always involved in politics, so I think that's where she got her beginnings, being interested in it," she explained.

Ms. Duffey also was active in the Lucas County Democratic Party, volunteering on Election Day and on various campaigns, Ms. Duffey-Parker said.

Their grandfather, Warren J. Duffey, was a Democratic Congressman from 1932 until his death in 1936. Prior to his time in Congress, he served in the Ohio General Assembly and on Toledo City Council.

Ms. Duffey was an avid reader, her sisters said, particularly mystery novels, biographies, and books about history, Ms. Duffey-Parker said.

Her love of reading led to her extensive knowledge of trivia. She enjoyed watching the television game show Jeopardy!

"She knew all the answers because she used to read so much," Ms. Duffey-Parker said.

She was particularly fond of British mysteries and comedies, Ms. Naseem said.

"What everybody always associated with Marcia was that she was so sharp-witted," Ms. Naseem said.

Ms. Duffey-Parker said she also will remember her sister for her giving personality and her love of animals, especially cats.

At one time, Ms. Duffey had four cats, though recently she had only one, her sister said.

"She had cats all her life," she said. "She just loved them. She loved all animals, but especially cats."

Ms. Duffey would adopt cats, rescuing them from the Toledo Area Humane Society. If she was not able to take them, she would try to find a home for them, Ms. Duffey-Parker said.

"She loved their personalities, and she always had special names for them. They weren't just animals. They became like her children."

Surviving are her longtime companion, Dennis Wac; sisters, Barbara Hardy, Beth Duffey-Parker, and Pat Naseem, and brother, Richard Duffey.

Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. tomorrow at Foth-Dorfmeyer Mortuary, 3815 Sylvania Ave., followed by a memorial service in the mortuary.

The family suggest tributes to the Hospice of Northwest Ohio or the Toledo Area Humane Society.



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