Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)


March 10, 2013

Marie Boward - 1924-2013

SMITHSBURG, MD — Charlotte Marie Sparks Boward, 89, of Smithsburg, Md., passed away Saturday, March 9, 2013, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

She was born, Feb. 14, 1924, in Ashland. She was the daughter of the late Charles Martin and Mary Anna (Martin) Sparks.

Mrs. Boward had been employed by the Fairchild Corporation and Doubleday Publishing, both of Hagerstown.

She was a member of Emanuel United Methodist Church, where she sang in the church choir for 50 years, served as a Sunday school teacher and served on the administrative board.

She is survived by one daughter, Cheryl L. Nichols and husband Danny W. of Whitmire, S.C.; three sons, Gary R. Boward and wife Roanne M. of Clear Spring, Jeffrey L. Boward and wife Jennifer and Larry E. Boward, all of Hagerstown; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and three expected shortly; five sisters, Edith Blakenship of Ashland, Allene Adkins of Ohio, Doris Gallaher of Ashland, Martha Stouffer Stallings of Greensboro, Md., and Gladys Hoffman of Hagerstown; one brother, Ernest “Pete” Sparks of  Ashland; special nephew, Steve Stouffer; and special caregivers, Tim and Lisa Barkdoll.

In addition to her parents, she also was preceded in death by her loving husband of more than 59 years, Robert W. “Bob” Boward, who died Oct. 14, 2007; one sister, Ethel Sparks Elam and one brother, James Sparks.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at Emanuel United Methodist Church, Howard and Summit Ave., Hagerstown, with the Rev. Randall Reid officiating. Interment will follow in Rest Haven Cemetery in Hagerstown.

Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Rest Haven Funeral Chapel, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown.

Memorial contributions may be made in Charlotte’s name to Emanuel United Methodist Church, 802 Summit Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21740 or to the Hospice of Washington County, 747 Northern Ave., Hagerstown, MD  21742.

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