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1175 South State Street
Dover, DE 19901
Phone: (302) 734-2281
Fax: (302) 678-1176
Maria Kerley

Maria Kerley (Martinez)

Saturday, June 22nd, 1963 - Saturday, January 19th, 2019
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Maria De Los Angeles Martinez-Kerley age 55, affectionately known as “Angeles”, was peacefully called home on January 19, 2019 at Penn Medicine Hospital from heart surgery complications. Maria was born on June 22, 1963 in San Juan, Puerto Rico to mother, Maria S. Rodriguez and father, Angel Martinez. She was raised in Brooklyn, NY where she attended Abraham Lincoln High School, she then moved to Dover, Delaware at the age of 24 where she remained and worked at Boscov’s located in Dover Mall. Maria was a woman of God and member of Maranatha Life Changing Church. She is survived by her sister, Maria E. Soto, nieces, Nina & Samantha Soto, her precious dog Puffy, church members and friends who became family. Funeral Services will be held 12 Noon Friday January 25th at The Funeral Home of Michael J. Ambruso, 1175 S. State St. Dover, De 19901 where a visitation will be offered 4pm to 8pm Thursday Jan. 24th and 10am to 12PM on Friday Jan. 25th. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Dover, De. Any donations will be appreciated and can be made at Fund. Condolences can be made via
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, January 24th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thursday, January 24th, 2019 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Michael J. Ambruso Funeral Director, Inc.
    1175 S. State Street
    Dover, Delaware 19901
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  • Second Visitation

    Friday, January 25th, 2019 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Friday, January 25th, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm
  • Service

    Friday, January 25th, 2019 | 12:00pm
    Friday, January 25th, 2019 12:00pm
    Michael J. Ambruso Funeral Director, Inc.
    1175 S. State Street
    Dover, Delaware 19901
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  • Interment

    Holy Cross Cemetery
    New & William Streets
    Dover, DE 19901
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Posted at 11:51am
Mi hermana en Cristo Jesus, Maria Kerley Martinez!
Mis condolencias y respeto para toda la Familia.
Quiero darle gracias a Dios porque nos dio la oportunidad de conocerte, gracias por ese tiempo que pudimos disfrutar de tu compañia, tu ejemplo como Cristiana y esa sonrisa a pesar de cualquier dificultad que estuvieses pasando, siempre la llevabas y compartias con todo aquel que se acercaba a Ti. Te vamos ha extrañar, pero estoy seguro y tambien hablo de parte de Tu Famila en la Iglesia Maranatha, de que estamos felices de saber que ahora ya estas en presencia de la Verdad, de nuestro Dios, la Vida Eterna y como dice nuestro Señor Jesucristo, “De cierto, de cierto os digo que el que guarda mi palabra, nunca verá muerte.”(Juan 8: 51), asi tambien Jesus hoy nos recuerda lo que esta escrito en Juan 5: 24; “De cierto, de cierto os digo: El que oye mi palabra, y cree al que me envió, tiene vida eterna; y no vendrá a condenación, mas ha pasado de muerte a vida.”
Hasta Siempre
Carlos Ochoa y Familia

Loretta walling

Posted at 11:58am
Dan and I are so sorry for the loss of Maria. We use to chit-chat while our dogs communicated with each other. She will truly be missed by us.Loretta and Dan Walling. Old neighbors.


Posted at 07:40pm
My life was blessed to have crossed paths with such a sweet, kind, gentle, loving soul as Maria. Sadly, nothing is ours forever, and none of us knows when the Lord will call us home. I do believe Maria was an angel in our midst and now she has her wings. My deepest condolences to her loved ones.

Louis Aquino

Estella Priest

Posted at 09:06pm
First of all, I would like to express my condolences to the Kerley family and to the Rodriquez family. The Lord blessed me to have had such a wonderful and honorable opportunity to meet Maria at the apartment complex where she resided. It seemed like from day one when I first met her, we had this instant, kindred connection in the spirt and in the flesh. We had some amazing times together of talking about the goodness of Jesus and reminiscing over the past victories of how the Lord delivered us out of so many trials and tribulations. We shared some tears as well over things that happened in our past and we managed to survive them by the grace of God! Maria was such a kind, funny and loving person to be around. She had such a love for God, her dog Puffy, her family, friends and Ron (her ex-husband). She was like a breath of fresh air to all those that she came in contact with. I've seen her endure many challenges with her health, but she was truly a fighter and believed God until the very end! Psalm 116:15 says " Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints". I know when Maria transitioned from this earth to her new heavenly home with Jesus... I can imagine that she was praising the Lord and rejoicing when she saw her Lord and Master JESUS! I will truly miss her to no end, but she suffered a long time with her illnesses and still managed to keep a praise on her lips and a smile on her face, To the family, please know that God is able to wipe every tear from your eyes and He is just a prayer away. He knew things about Maria that we certainly did not know. Cherish the precious memories and the amazing times that you shared with this awesome woman of God! If we accept Jesus into our hearts as Lord and Savior like Maria did, then one day you will see her and be reunited again with her. God bless you and know that she will be missed dearly by all that came in contact with her. May the Lord God bless you and keep you, in Jesus's name.
Lovingly Submitted,
Apostle Estella V. Priest (Refreshing Springs Ministries, Inc.)

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