SMITHSBURG, Md. — Charlotte Marie (Sparks) Boward, 89, of Smithsburg, Md., passed away, Saturday, March 9, 2013, at her home surrounded by her loving family.
Born, Feb. 14, 1924, in Ashland, Ky., 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, Md.
She was a member of Emmanuel United Methodist Church, where she sang on 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; 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, Md.; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and three expected shortly; five sisters, Edith Blakenship of Ashland, Ky., Allene Adkins of Ohio, Doris Gallaher of Ashland, Martha Stouffer Stallings of Greensboro, Md., and Gladys Hoffman of Hagerstown, Md.; one brother, Ernest “Pete” Sparks of Ashland, Ky.; special nephew, Steve Stouffer and special caregiver’s, Tim and Lisa Barkdoll.
In addition to her parents she also was preceded in death by her loving husband of over 59 years, Robert W. “Bob” Boward, who died Oct. 14, 2007; one sister, Ethel Sparks Elam and one brother, James Sparks.
Funeral services will be conducted on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Emanuel United Methodist Church, Howard and Summit Ave., Hagerstown, Md. with the Rev. Randall Reid officiating.
Interment will follow in Rest Haven Cemetery, Hagerstown.
Friends will be received on Tuesday, from 7-9 p.m. at Rest Haven Funeral Chapel, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown, Md.
Memorial contributions may be made in Charlotte’s name to Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 802 Summit Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21740 or to the Hospice of Washington County, 747 Northern Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21742.