Avery had been with the station since 1974. She was 65.
“Today, I lost my older sister,” WDKX co-owner Andre Langston stated in a press release. “She was not an employee, but a member of the Langston family. Marietta was a teacher, friend, and mother to all she touched. She spoke volumes without saying a word, with just a look. Her knowledge, humor and love will be missed.”
In addition, “Marietta Avery was a loyal, dependable and incredibly smart woman, with southern charm,” said co-owner Gloria Langston. “Her way to get to know her was to ‘break bread’ with you. She will surely be missed.”
Avery had begun working at WDKX in the accounting department 41 years ago; then, over time, moved into various management positions throughout the station.
She had also been a passionate volunteer in the community.
In October 2014, the YWCA of Rochester recognized Avery with its Empowering Women Award, for work she’d done through her “Women for Women” movement, an organization she’d founded in 2011.
Avery held several community events through the organization, offering services surrounding issues such as community health and well-being, and affecting over 1300 women in the community.
“I would like to say thanks to the creator, for giving me life, so that I may live my life with purpose,” Avery said in her speech during the YWCA’s Empowering Women Luncheon.
She had also been named the Urban League of Rochester’s choice for outstanding volunteer in spring of 2014, and the Rochester Women’s Network’s 2013 “W” award winner, for her work to advance women in the community.
In addition, Avery was a board member for several non-profit organizations, including Action for a Better Community Foundation Board, Hendricks Project Board and the Safe Child Foundation Board.
She also served as financial secretary on the Mount Vernon Baptist Church board of trustees, and as treasurer of the Rochester Black Business Association.
Avery is survived by two daughters and four grandchildren.
Information regarding funeral services will be forthcoming, WDKX officials said.