Martha Thompson

GASTONIA - Martha Love Thompson, 85, died May 7, 2014, at CaroMont Regional Medical Center of Gastonia after experiencing declining health for several years.

She was a native of Catawba County, daughter of the late Joseph Ernest and Lois Dellinger Love.

A funeral service will be held 3 p.m. Saturday at Founders Chapel, McLean Funeral Directors of Gas-tonia with Dr. Ray Ammons

Interment will be at Gaston Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be John Price, Brodie Thompson, Steve Yates, Rob Collis, Ed Partin, and Jeff Worley.

Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia.

Mrs. Thompson was a 1945 graduate of Candler High School in Candler, NC. She attended Western Carolina University and was a graduate of Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing and Queens Univer-sity of Charlotte, Class of 1951. She taught nursing at both Presbyterian and the old Gaston Memorial Hospital School of Nursing until its closing in 1973. Upon moving that same year to the new Gaston Memorial Hospital/CaroMont, her initial responsibility was as supervisor of the obstetrical unit (OB). She also taught childbirth classes at GMH to expectant parents for many years. She ultimately rose to be the Assistant Director of Nursing for Maternal/Child Health at GMH/CaroMont and she finally retired from that institution in 1991. She was a long-time active member of
first Baptist Church, including senior ladies Sunday school teacher, and also the Order of the Eastern Star.

Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, D. Charles and Margaret Foster Thompson-Columbia, MD, David B. and Allison Lutz Thompson-Mount Holly; daughter, Jeanne R. Thompson-Gastonia; seven grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 51 years, Donald B. Thompson; brother, Jo-seph Albert Love; sister, Mary Caroline Spencer.

Memorials may be made to Gaston Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship Fund or First Baptist Church.

Condolences may be sent online to

McLean Funeral Directors is serving the Thompson family.

Funeral Home

McLean Funeral Directors
700 South New Hope Road Gastonia, NC 28054
(704) 865-3451

Published in Gaston Gazette from May 9 to May 15, 2014