Martha Elizabeth Lancaster

April 29, 1935July 30, 2018
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Waynesville, NC – Martha C. Lancaster, 83, passed away at her residence on Monday, July 30, 2018. She was born in Richmond, VA on April 29, 1935 to the late Robert and Sudye Crafton. Martha was a long time teacher in Haywood County at Saunook Elementary School, East Waynesville Elementary School and Central Elementary School. She was also the president of Women In Church at Covenant Presbyterian Church as well as the piano player for many decades.

In addition her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin Lancaster.

Left to cherish her memory is her children, Michael Lancaster of Waynesville, NC, Matthew (Jennifer) Lancaster of Newton, NC and Mark (Crystal) Lancaster of Waynesville, NC; four grandchildren, Grace Carol Lancaster, William Jesse Lancaster, Benjamin Alan Lancaster and Katherine Elizabeth Lancaster.

Services will be held at 2 PM on Thursday, August 2, 2018 in the Chapel of Garrett Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 PM on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at the funeral home. The Reverend Larry Jones and Matthew Lancaster will officiate the services.

Burial will be in the Garrett Hillcrest Memorial Park.

A message of comfort may be left for the family and an online guest registry may be signed at


  • Visitation Wednesday, August 1, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, August 2, 2018

Martha Elizabeth Lancaster

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charlene whitman

August 13, 2018

Your mom was such a warm, caring person. She was a member of that great generation. Bless all of you . Charlene Whitman

Jennifer Miller

August 3, 2018

I am so sorry to hear that my favorite thrid grade teacher has passed. She was the first teacher that had noticed something was wrong with me. I was having seizures in her class. Rip mrs Lancaster.

Mekare Huber

August 1, 2018

Martha Im Happy That You Are Now In Heaven With Your Beloved Melvin My Heart Is Broken And Hurt That You Had To Go Away I Miss You Very Much But Id Like To Thank You For Showing Me That Helping People Of All Ages Bring Happiness To Others Im Going To Miss Makeing You Bowls Of Cereal Pouring You Juice And Waking You Up And Hear You Saying You Are Mean I Love You So Much Rest In Peace Good Night 💔👼❤

Adam Davis

July 31, 2018

I am supporting the family and always there for the family love to help with baby katheran and help mark and crystal out around the house

Gwen Parker

July 31, 2018

Mike, Matt and Mark, so sorry to hear about Martha. We always thought Martha was a wonderful person and always so friendly. We will miss her as a neighbor and friend. RIP Martha. As always, The Inman, Parker’s.

Jennifer Davis

July 31, 2018

Martha was my third grade teacher back in 1990-1991 school year at Central Elementary School. She was a really good teacher and one of my favorites teachers. In elementary school, I only had two. But she was an amazing teacher and will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with all you and your family as you walk this journey of grief.
Love and prayers