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Oct. 29, 1946 ~ Aug. 25, 2022

Martha Anna Bostick Howle, 75, passed away peacefully to be with her Heavenly Father on Thursday, Aug. 25.

Martha was born on Oct. 29, 1946, to Chester Steadman and Martha Jones Bostick. She grew up in Ellerbe, N.C., and spent 46 years as a Licensed Practical Nurse, retiring at the age of 70. Martha met Larry Howle in 1977 and they were married on June 6, 1981.Their love story continued on, as they were a very happy and devoted couple. Together, they raised Martha’s son, Mark, and lived a life full of Harley rides and shag dancing. Martha and Larry belonged to two shag clubs, the Chatham Area Shag Association and Boppers Shag Club of Charlotte. They danced for over 30 years, with frequent trips to Myrtle Beach to dance and be with friends. During retirement, Martha continued to stay busy with her church, Pittsboro Presbyterian Church, volunteering to bring flowers to Hospice patients, and, of course, shag dancing. Martha was a generous and loving person with a quick wit and a ready smile. She always had fun with whatever she was doing.

Martha received amazing care during her illness, and her family would like to thank EVERYONE who cared for her at WakeMed, Cary Hospital in Cary, and at the Jim and Betsy Bryan Hospice Home of UNC Health Care in Pittsboro. Martha’s care could not have been any better, and she took her last breath with Larry by her side, holding her hand, as he always did.

Martha is survived by her beloved husband, Larry Howle of Pittsboro; stepdaughter, Kathern Gleaton; step-grandchildren, Kathy Grayson and Tristen Gleaton; brother, George (Ellie) Bostick of Charlotte; nieces, Cathy (Brian) Robinson and Tina Sauls; two step-great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and countless friends.

Martha was preceded in death by her son, Mark Keith Shaver; parents, Chester and Martha Bostick; sisters, Louise Godfrey, Dorothy “Dot” Brookshire, Sarah Gable, Joan Burton and Janie Sauls; brothers, Chester “Bubba” Bostick, William “Bill” Bostick, and Robert “Bob” Bostick.

A Celebration of Life was held on from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30 at Donaldson Funeral Home, 396 West Street, Pittsboro, N.C.

The funeral and burial will be held on Thursday, September 1, 2022, at Lake Wateree Presbyterian Church, 3257 Old Windmill Road, Ridgeway, S.C., with visitation 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. and funeral service at 1 p.m., immediately followed with burial at the nearby cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like memorial contributions be made to the Jim and Betsy Bryan Hospice Home of UNC Health Care. Please make sure Martha Howle’s name is on the memo line. Checks should be mailed to the address: Jim and Betsy Bryan Hospice Home of UNC Health Care, 100 Roundtree Way, Pittsboro, N.C. 27312.