Martha Rathbone Conard

Sunday, February 12, 1950 - Sunday, June 23, 2019

A Loving and Christian Lady

Photo of Martha Rathbone Conard  - 1950-2019

 Waynesville- Martha Jane Rathbone Conard, age 69, a dear and beloved mother and wife, passed away Sunday, June 23, 2019.

Martha was born February 12, 1950 in Haywood County to the late Dewey Grooms and the late Clarce Rathbone Carver . She was a lifelong resident of Haywood County, a devoted homemaker and will forever be remembered as a loving wife and mother.  Mrs. Conard was a faithful Christian and was a  member of Crabtree Baptist Church and had also attended Pentecostal Temple Church of God .  Martha  was blessed with a loving and caring heart and she was an example for us to follow as she lived a devoted Christian life each and everyday.  In the words of her family, “Martha loved everyone and she was the best mom ever.”

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Selena Leshae Conard, her twin brother, Allen Rathbone and her sisters, Betty Fowler and Nancy Henson.

She is survived by her loving husband of 48 years,  William “Bud” Conard of Waynesville; her sons, William Loyd Conard and his wife, Kay of Waynesville and Mark Conard and Pamela  of Waynesville; grandchildren, Tasha Sherlin and  Jonah, Joe Conard and Ashlyn , Austin Conard,  Annie Smith, Holly Bass, Kyle Bass and Tyler Conard ; great-grandchildren, Wyatt Conard , Timothy Sherlin and Mia Sherlin; a niece and nephew who were loved and raised  just as her own children, Elizabeth Conard and James and Darlene Rhodarmer;  also a special nephew, Stevie Rathbone  and several other nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, June 29, 2019 in the chapel of Crawford /Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service. Pastor Rodney Henson and Pastor Dennis Queen will be officiating. Burial will be in Haynes Cemetery. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home Friday evening from 7:00 until 9:00 pm. At other times the family will be at the home, 81 Lindera Lane, Waynesville, NC 28785.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home is honored to be caring for the Conard family.

Condolences from family and friends


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So sorry for your loss.May you all take comfort in knowing Martha will be reunited with her mother,brother and her sisters and the rest of her loved ones that have passed.God bless and comfort you all.i
Mal and Jenny Rathbone
Uncle Bud my thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of the family. Aunt Martha was a great lady I love her and the rest of you,I didn't see you as much as I wanted to, but all of you are in my heart and prayers and as Martha would say God willing I will be able to get to NC soon. Love you all
Mary Ann Parker
Martha was the most loving, gentle soul I have ever met. She was loyal, and faithful to a fault. Martha loved her God, her family, and her friends, in that order, and made sure everyone she met knew it. I have treasured her friendship, advice, and love. She will be deeply missed. Bud, you will be in my prayers...May God bless you!
Rhonda Kitchens
Dear Bud and family. I am sorry to learn of your loss. My our Lord give you solace during this time.
Ron Morrow
So sorry for yalls loss you will be in our thoughts and prayers... May yall find comfort in this difficult time
Clarissa Lanning Dujat, Pam Lanning, Joyce Killian