Marte Logan Grawoig passed away March 5, 2023. She was born in Meridian, Mississippi on
January 14, 1947. She was the eldest of 5 daughters born to Ralph Joseph Riley and Kathleen Agnes
Logan. Surviving her are step-daughter, Betsy Hicks, grandson, Calvin Hicks, granddaughter, Sophia
Hicks, and three of her sisters, April E. Riley, Callie A Riley, and Carla L Riley.
Marte was a professional Interior Designer. She earned her Bachelor of Visual Arts/Interior Design
Magna Cum Laude from Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, in June, 1978. While working at
Georgia State University, she met and married the love of her life, Dennis Grawoig. They enjoyed
decorating their home and playing with their Belgian sheepdog, Laddie. Later in their marriage,
they retired to Boulder City, Nevada. Dennis developed Muscular Sclerosis, but that didn’t stop the
two of them from creating their own medical scooter business and enjoying their time together
seeing many shows in Las Vegas.
Always resourceful, after her husband’s death in 1989, she moved from Nevada to Medford, Oregon.
There she worked in the mortgage business. Jeff Dicus, her business partner of 20 years, recalls
that Marte was a detailed and comprehensive mortgage broker who won respect from their clients
by attending every closing, even when there were as many as 10 in a week! She also was a certified
tax preparer and worked for Liberty Tax Services from 2013 – 2020.
Marte loved art. She had a flair that she instilled in everything she touched – her photography, her
painting, and her love of interior design. She shared her sense of style with everyone in the family
who asked for help with their home decorating. After Brian and Betsy’s basement was flooded, she
helped them with many ideas for their redesign. They now have a guest bathroom that is very well-
lit and has exceptional storage, because as she said, “you can never have too much storage!”
Marte loved her friends and family. She always remembered every holiday and every family
birthday. Her presents built up suspense by being wrapped at least 3 times and with lots of tape!
We all laughed about this. Two of her sisters, Callie and April, recall that Marte was a master
present wrapper even when they were young. Marte would come to visit the family at Christmas
and bring the most beautifully wrapped gifts for everyone. They were like works of art ...so pretty it
was a shame to open them.... but, of course, everyone did! Her sisters remember her as supportive,
loving and very protective of them, always ready with good advice and any help she could give.
They also remember Marte as having a beautiful soprano voice.
Just last year, Marte flew to Vancouver, Washington to spend time with her grandson, Calvin, and
his wife, Mariam. They had just moved into their new apartment and wanted her advice on how to
best arrange their furniture. Her granddaughter, Sophia, was very close to her Grandma Marte and
enjoyed when they would get together. Grandma Marte knew how much Sophia loved shopping
and sent her gift cards for her birthdays, so she could go to Kohl’s and get a new outfit. One of our
fondest memories will always be of Marte all dressed up for Calvin and Mariam’s 3-day traditional
Pakistani wedding. She looked so proud and beautiful!
Marte had a rich and accomplished life. She was a sister, a mom, a grandmother, a tax Accountant,
Mortgage Financer, Interior Designer, Artist, and a devoted and loving Wife. She was highly
spiritual, kind, considerate and loving. She had a passion for learning and took classes all her life.
She has left her family with many cherished memories. In honor of Marte’s memory, her family
appreciates contributions to the charity of your choice.