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Martha Newcomb

Martha M. Newcomb, 90, of Golden Hill passed away peacefully at her home early Tuesday morning, August 11, 2020.

Martha and her twin sister Mary were born December 2, 1929 in Andrews to the late Laura Pauline Slacum McGlaughlin and Wilbur McGlaughlin. Wilbur passed away in June of 1930 from pneumonia and Mary Katherine died April 16, 1931.

Martha grew up in Andrews and attended the local schools at Andrews and Lakesville and graduated from Crapo High School Class of 1946. On April 20, 1948 she married J. Russell Newcomb and they made their home on Hip Roof Road. They were blessed with four sons and 58 years of marriage before Russell’s passing in 2006.

During the early years Martha had worked at the local sewing factories along with her mother. She helped her husband on the small family farm and eventually took over the bus contract and drove the school bus in the South Dorchester area. For over fifty years she transported children of three generations to school. Miss Martha, as she was fondly referred to, treated the students like they were her own. She was strict and no nonsense while on the bus and always earned the respect of the students. Many of the students in turn looked to her as a mother like figure. Martha retired from driving at age 80.

Throughout her boys school years Martha was active in the PTA. She served in a number of capacities including president. Martha was a member of St. John’s United Methodist Church and associated WSCS. Martha was a member of the Maryland School Bus Contractors Association and was awarded a lifetime membership.

Martha enjoyed gardening, she and her husband always had a large “truck patch”of vegetables. She would always can tomatoes, put up string beans, lima beans,beets and grape jelly. Every year they planted sweet potatoes and many of the locals looked forward to purchasing some in the fall. She made wonderful sweet potato bread, candid sweet potatoes and of course pies. Every weekend was centered around her family, shopping, visiting and family meals. She was a very devoted wife and mother. Everyone who knew Martha was aware that her sons and family were everything to her. Her sons were very blessed to have her as a mother.

Surviving are her sons Ronald L. Newcomb and wife Kim, Gary R Newcomb and partner Barbara Collins and Councilman Jay L. Newcomb; granddaughters Heidi Cohoon and husband Steve, Jodi Schifferer and husband George, Melissa D. Thomas and husband Cody, Emma Blue Newcomb; great-granddaughters Stella J. Thomas and Maddie R. Thomas and  great-grandson Lance Perkins; nieces Amanda Henry and husband Hanks, Linda Spicer and husband Lin, Debbie McGlaughlin; special friends Norma Lee Cusick, Audrey Adams, Robin Phillips and Mary Huber along with great nieces, great nephews and  a host of others.

Preceding her in death besides her parents, sister and husband is her brother George Guy McGlaughlin, niece Penny Ann Snelling and her son Wilbur Wayne Newcomb.

Her sons want to thank the caregivers who helped their mother during the past few months; friend Carol Rothwell, Laura Johnson, Brenda Rhodes and Minerva “Mine” Nava.

A visitation will be held Friday, August 14, 2020 from 5 till 7 pm at Newcomb and Collins Funeral Home, P.A. A graveside funeral service will be held Saturday, August 15, 2020 beginning 11:00 am at Old Trinity Church Cemetery.

Officiating will be Pastor Dan Gustafson and Pastor Dave Stewart.

Serving as pallbearers will be Steve Cohoon, Cody Thomas, Phoenix”Buzz” Spicer, Mark Phillips, Hanks Henry and Brian Kemp.

Honorary pallbearers are John Huber, Lou Robbins, Wm. “Bill” Barnes, Lin Spicer, Jason Spicer, Scott Henry , Virgil “Sonny” Ruark, Councilman William Nichols and Ronnie Dove.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations in memory of Martha can be made to her church, St. John’s UM Church, or Coastal Hospice.

Share condolences with the family by visiting www.newcombcollins.com

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Ronnie, Gary and Jay, I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. May she rest in peace.

Mickey Dean Aug 29 2020 12:00 AM

Art & Donna Phillips & family

Donna Phillips Aug 19 2020 12:00 AM

Many, many wonderful memories of visiting Martha & Russell on the farm....Jay, Ronnie & Gary my thoughts are with you...

Carol Hathaway George Aug 17 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Martha Newcomb

Scott Hubbard Aug 17 2020 12:00 AM

Many great childhood memories of both your mom and your dad. Prayers and good thoughts!

Bill Johnston Aug 17 2020 12:00 AM

Condolences and prayers for your family, may the love of God give you peace .

Bill Watkins Aug 16 2020 12:00 AM

The fruits of a mother's labor is the child she leaves behind. We know all is well with Ms Martha's soul by seeing the very fine men she raised. I am sorry for your loss, Ronnie, Gary and Jay. She was a stellar example of good citizen, good friend and wonderful parent. May you find peace as you transition her soul to her Heavenly rewards. God bless

Sheila Nimmerrichter Aug 15 2020 12:00 AM

We are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Tommy and Jane Phillips Aug 15 2020 12:00 AM

Sorry for your lose. Mrs Martha was a loving person. Thoughts and prayers to her many friends and family. GOD Bless you all.

Janie Phillips Elliott Aug 15 2020 12:00 AM

Jay...so sorry for your loss.Our condolences to you and rest of the family and friends. May she rest in peace. Cherish all of the memories.

Juanita (Wingate) Townsend &,Calvert Townsend Aug 14 2020 12:00 AM

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