Martha Conaway Hancock

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Martha Conaway Hancock, 65, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, August 14, 2015. She succumbed to terminal brain cancer (glioblastoma) while receiving hospice services at Gadsden Regional Hospital. Although severely disabled by cancer, she miraculously survived for more than two years following the diagnosis and was able to spend quality time with her family and friends. Her memorial service was held at MeadowBrook Baptist Church on Sunday, August 16, 2015 Burial was at Bethel Cemetery in Forney, Alabama. Martha is survived by her loving husband of 47.5 years, James Ronald Hancock. The couple was greatly blessed in Martha's last years to have their children and grandchildren living near them and able to be with them daily. This included their son, James Hancock, and his wife, Marivic and daughter, Trinity; and their daughter, Amber Hancock Davidson, and her husband, Steven and their sons, Asa and Holland. Martha's siblings were also by her side as often as possible; sisters, Mary (Ronnie) Stinson, of Jacksonville and Myra (Mike) Marshall, of Hickory, N.C. and brother, Emmett (Ann) Conaway, of Oxford. Martha leaves behind many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws. She will also be missed by her treasured friends whom she loved like family. Born in Rome, Ga. on January 2, 1950, Martha was the second of four children born to Emmett and Cora Conaway. She grew up in rural Cherokee county and enjoyed living on the family's farm/ranch. There wasn't a tree that she wouldn't climb or a horse that she was afraid to ride! She was truly a "daddy's girl" because she was the one always ready to join him for an adventure, such as zipping around on a motorcycle over (and off!) country roads. Even as an adult, Martha could turn a cartwheel as easily as the kids. And she would dance and sing and could beat anyone at Scrabble. Martha enjoyed the many family trips the extended family took to Gatlinburg, the North Ga. mountains, and the riverside. After the death of her parents in the early 1990's, these family gatherings took on a very special meaning for Martha as it underscored how important it is for families to stay connected. She graduated from Spring Garden High School in 1968. Her favorite activity was being a cheerleader (no surprise there!). She later attended Gadsden State Community College. During her working years, the two positions she enjoyed most were as Inventory Supervisor at the HealthTex plant in Gadsden (until it closed) and her last job, Activities director at Regency Pointe in Rainbow City. She had boundless energy and a strong work ethic, but the most rewarding aspects of her career were the lasting friendships that she formed with the people she worked with each day. She brightened their day, and they brightened hers. Martha came from a heritage of faith. Her mother, Cora, saw to it that she and the children were at church, literally, every time a service was held. As a child, Martha made her profession of faith and gave her life to Christ. She wasn't perfect, but everyone who knew her saw her "walk the walk." It would be hard to find anyone as caring, generous and forgiving as Martha. Her most Christ-like characteristic was her capacity to love unconditionally. Until we meet again in heaven, we will miss her sweet spirit and the sound of her laughter. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Blazer Bolt for Cancer (to benefit the UAB Neuro-Onocology Unit) or Bethel Cemetery Fund. Collier-Butler Funeral Home directed. Condolences may be made at
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Published in The Anniston Star on Aug. 18, 2015
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