Martha Stribling Easler
November 2, 1928 – May 23, 2020
A life well lived…Martha Stribling Easler died peacefully on Saturday, May 23, 2020 at her home at the Ashleigh at Lansdowne, Leesburg, VA.
She is survived by her daughter, Susan Easler Miller, and son-in-law, Michael, of Ashburn, VA; many nieces and nephews; and close friends. Preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Professor Emeritus Hugh Blanton Easler; her parents, Lanham Howard Stribling and Olive Sumner Stribling; a sister, Catherine Stribling Ellington; and brother-in-law, R.P. Ellington, Jr.
Born and raised in Spartanburg, SC, she resided in Williamsburg, VA for 55 years before moving to Leesburg, VA, to live closer to her daughter and her family. After graduating from Spartanburg High School in 1945, she attended Mars Hill University and graduated from Spartanburg Methodist College, Spartanburg, SC with her degree in Secretarial Science/Business. Martha was truly a very modern career woman for her time. After college, she accepted a position in the Trust Department in Citizens and Southern Bank. Following her husband in his academic career, she then went on to hold administrative positions at various secondary and higher educational institutions prior to their moving to Williamsburg.
Upon moving to Williamsburg, Martha accepted an administrative position, and was promoted to Office Manager of the Williamsburg Area Chamber of Commerce. She thrived in this role as it was a perfect fit for her skillset and vibrant personality. She thoroughly enjoyed working collegially with so many business owners, and encouraged many now long-term Williamsburg residents to move to the area to open their businesses. She also led and coordinated the Chamber’s annual events such as the Annual Dinner Gala; Oktoberfest; and the Williamsburg Christmas Parade. After her career at the Chamber, she went on to work for BASF Corporation as a Receptionist and Executive Assistant.
A member of Williamsburg Presbyterian Church, Martha was very passionate about serving the community. She often served as a Loaned Executive for the United Way of Greater Williamsburg. She was an avid family genealogist and was a member of both the Williamsburg UDC and DAR Chapters. In her spare time, she loved to cook, entertain friends and family, and interior design. She was always up for a spirited political debate and never afraid to share her opinion. She exuded southern hospitality and charm, and never met a stranger. She was truly a steel magnolia in every respect.
A graveside service will be held at Cedar Grove Cemetery, 809 S Henry Street, Williamsburg, VA on Saturday, May 30, 2020 at 1:30pm, with a live stream available for those who cannot be in attendance. The family would like to express their grateful and heartfelt thanks to the wonderful nurses and staff of the Ashleigh at Lansdowne. She always thought highly and commended the work of St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital to combat childhood cancer. If desired, friends may make memorial contributions online or by mail to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Memorial Giving, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or to the Williamsburg Presbyterian Church, 215 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185. Online condolences may be shared at www.nelsenwilliamsburg.com.
Saturday, May 30, 2020
Martha Stribling Easler
June 4, 2020
“Mama Martha “ as I would always call her was an amazing soul ready to share with everyone -very relatable with an amiable personality.I can never Couch in words the gratitude for all you did for me and the kids- you were a Mother and grand mother to the kids.I always learnt a thing or two in every conversation we had
I miss you with every passing day and thoughts of you will always transcend time.
You raised the best of them all -Susan Miller, she is an amazing woman
In my heart you live❤️Martha Easler.
June 1, 2020
Susan, we are so sorry for your loss. I saw this in the Virginia Gazette and was so sad for you. I know you loved your Mom so very much. She was a beautiful woman inside and out. I had no idea your Mom worked for the Chamber. They have been such a help to me in my career. And, thanks to you, Todd and I just celebrated our 25th year anniversary of our engagement (May 26th). This wonderful chapter in our lives would not have happened without you! Know, we are forever grateful to you. All our love, Todd and Mary Catherine Bunde
May 30, 2020
Mama Martha as I would always call her was an amazing soul-ready to share whatever she had with everyone.I can never find the right words to couch all the kindness you showed me and the kids-
I always learnt a thing or two every time I interacted with Martha.My impeccable English teacher, I miss you 😘 with every passing day and thoughts of you will always transcend time .
Your Honey /caregiver
May 29, 2020
My deepest condolences and sympathy to Susan , Michael and to all the family. Mama as Ashleigh staff call her. Mama Martha loves everyone. She responded to everyone as honey. Honey rest well.
May 28, 2020
Rest well Mama E. From your fellow South Carolina girl. Though we never officially met. I enjoyed chatting with you during Susan’s Paris adventures. I know you were a wonderful person, because you raised a great daughter. Rest on in peace.
May 27, 2020
Sending lots of love and hugs to Susan & your families 💕
We just had conversation last week about your mom🌸 I can’t believe she Passed..
We would like to express our sincere condolences to you and your family.💐
Jackie&Nick (Ashburn Va.)
May 26, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss. Both your parents were always so kind and caring when I visited. And your Momma was such a gracious southern lady. Long distance hugs! Love, Becky
May 25, 2020
My sympathy in the loss of your mother. She was a lovely lady.
She appreciated the beautiful things of life and was a devoted wife and mother.
from Pat Miller
May 25, 2020
I was so upset to hear your Mom died over the weekend. This was so sudden and unexpected. I know you hadn’t seen her in person for months with the coronavirus. My heart just breaks for you and Mike. I’m thinking about you and praying for you during this difficult time.
I remember coming home with you on a couple occasions to spend the weekend in Williamsburg. Your mom was always so kind and welcoming. I enjoyed your Dad’s stories of days gone by as well. It was so clear how much both your parents absolutely loved and adored you.
I wish I were closer so I could give you a big hug right now. Hopefully soon.
May 25, 2020
Sending love and peace to you, Susan. Remembering your dear parents and all the ways they showed their love and kindness in this community.