May 5, 1942 October 7, 2019 Martha F. Craft, 77, of Roanoke, Va., went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, October 7, 2019, after a long battle with cancer. She was born on May 5, 1942, to parents, Roy J. and Varina D, Firebaugh. She was predeceased by her parents, Roy J. and Varina D. Firebaugh; her sister, Edith M. Craighead; her brother, Roy J. Firebaugh Jr.; and her husbands, Sanford M. Bower Sr. and Gene C. Craft. Left to cherish her memory are her two sons, Sanford M. Bower Jr. (Sandy) and Clayton M. Craft (Clay); her sister, Beatrice F. Gaylor; and several nephews, cousins and many friends. Martha was a loving wife and mother. She was a lifetime member of Vinton Baptist Church where she dedicated 22 years working within their literature department. Martha was a former president and life member of the Parent Teachers Association (PTA). She further dedicated 18 years to the Salvation Army Christmas Stocking Project filling 700 Christmas Stockings for underprivileged children and bringing joy to the lives of others who could not provide it. Martha was a dedicated civil servant to her community working 46 years for the City of Roanoke in its Solid Waste Division. On January 11, 2012, she was honored by Mayor David A. Bowers of the City of Roanoke for her 46 years of service. She was an avid painter of ceramics dedicating hours to the craft and has left numerous art works to be cherished by her family. The family would like to especially thank the Lewis Gale Infusion Center and their special doctor, Vandana Karri, and staff for their special care during her cancer treatment. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 until 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 10, 2019, at Oakey's Vinton Chapel. Graveside Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 11, 2019, at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens with Dr. Chris Monroe officiating. A luncheon to honor her life will be held at Vinton Baptist Church following the conclusion of services. Donations may be made to the Leukemia Society or to a charity of your choosing. Online condolences may be made at


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