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Martha Holland Stanley

September 23, 1971November 11, 2021
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It’s time to teach the Angels the beauty of Theater."

Martha Holland Stanley was called home to Heaven on November 11, 2021. She is survived in life by husband Steve Stanley, brother Andrew Holland, nephew Mason Holland and niece Isabella Holland. She was preceded in passing by father Frank Holland and mother Cathy Holland. Despite her physical limitations, she was a strong and determined woman. As the daughter of two educators, she too became an educator. She worked for 26 years as a theater teacher in Chesterfield County. She touched countless lives in a warm and positive way and was loved by practically everyone she met. The school plays she directed, although middle school level, often looked like professional productions. In fact, many of her students went on as adults to find careers in theater. They include actors, dancers, singers, stage crew roles, and others. There will be a Celebration of Life on Saturday, November 20, 2021 at Woody Funeral Home, 1020 Huguenot Road in Midlothian from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. We will choose to smile and laugh rather than cry because her life far outweighed her death. If you cannot attend because of short notice, travel complications, Covid fears or any other reason, please feel no guilt. Martha already feels your love. You don’t have to show up to prove it.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Little People of America Adoption Program, 250 El Camino Real, Suite 201, Tulstin, California (www.lpaonline.org). Online condolences to WoodyFuneralHome.com.

Services

  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, November 20, 2021

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Veda Sorrells

November 29, 2021

My youngest daughter, Rachel, had Martha as a teacher at Chester Middle School. Rachel was very shy, and being in the Drama Club helped Rachel open up. In fact, when Rachel got to Thomas Dale High School, she tried out for Show Choir. Mrs. Stanley was a gem, who will not be forgotten by all those who love her.

Stella Dempski-Causey

November 22, 2021

Dear Steve,

I'm not sure if you remember me or not, but I was friends with Martha when I lived in Richmond (1990-1995). I was LPA District 3 Director and she was was Secretary. We would prepare and send out the regional newsletter together. Through that we became friends. I am so sorry for your loss. I can only imagine the heartache you are feeling. I remember when you and Martha first met, she was so happy. May the memories of your time together bring comfort to your grief. You are in my prayers and thoughts. Sincerely, Stella

Keri Wormald

November 21, 2021

As a teacher at Thomas Dale High School, I had the pleasure of teaching many of Martha's students. They loved her; they ALL loved her. I am so sorry for their loss and for the loss of her husband and family.

She left us way too soon, but her memory lives on in all of those whose lives she touched--and that is a huge number. Hers was a life well-lived.

Love,
Keri

Daisy Portillo

November 20, 2021

Mrs Stanley is the greatest teacher I have ever had. She changed so many lives and helped me battle through so much. She had the ability to make anyone day with a simple hello. I’ll miss her so much.

Carol Miller

November 20, 2021

When my kids had Mrs Stanley for a teacher and then also became involved with Theatre, I had no idea that a teacher could impact so many children’s lives!! I enjoyed every minute spent with her designing costumes, painting sets, or whatever “the director” needed!! She will be so missed!!

Shelley Armstrong

November 19, 2021

I worked at Chester Middle School when Martha was the drama teacher there. Martha was magical. The shows she put together with students were amazing. She had a talent for bringing out the best in her students, and they so loved her. She also encouraged staff with acknowledgements such as "You Rock". She was such a great teacher and influenced so many in a positive way. Martha, we were so lucky to know you, and you will be greatly missed.

Christopher Miller

November 19, 2021

It was fun as ever doing middle school plays with Mrs. Stanley. She saw tons of potential in me & many others, and I’m very glad that I had the experience with her showing me how more fun acting was than I already thought it was before. One thing for sure is that she will always be known as a Theatre teacher legend.

Danielle Gillus

November 17, 2021

Mrs. Stanley was my favorite teacher, ever! She always believed in me and encouraged me to keep trying and putting myself out there. She was so supportive and caring towards me and many others as well. I will always remember being in her class, being in her presence and hearing her joyful laugh! She was really the glue that held us together in theater and she has changed so many lives for the better. I will truly miss her. 🤍

Michelle Goode

November 17, 2021

Mrs Stanley was such an important part of 2 of my girls middle school years. They loved her like no other. She loved my 3rd as well even though she didn’t teach her she chose to go another route than theater. Mrs Stanley was such a bright spot at Davis and I always looked for her just to say hi every time I went no matter the reason for my visit. Thank you for being such an influential person to my girls. Her heart was that of a giant. Our family loves her and she will be truly missed! Rest in heaven sweet angel!

Betsy Murray

November 15, 2021

Martha and I worked together at Chester Middle School. Being a "little person," Martha faced many obstacles, but her innovation and humor made her a winner every time. Students loved and respected her because they knew she was exceptional. My thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends, and students.

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