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Martha A. (Ankney) Wannemacher

March 15, 2022

Obituary

Martha Ann (Merry) Ankney Wannemacher of Adamstown, MD, went to be with her Lord on March 15, 2022. She was just 26 days shy of her 101st birthday. Martha (Martie) was born April 10, 1921, in Rockville, MD to Charles Case and Avo Mae (Conklin) Merry.

She was the fifth of seven children. Martha married George Roy Ankney on May 21, 1941, in Rockville, MD. She graduated in 1940 from Richard Montgomery High School where she played on the girls basketball and field hockey teams She served during World War II working on airplanes alongside her dear friend Barbara as a "Rosie the Riveter" while her husband was overseas at war. After the war, she worked in the records room at Chestnut Lodge in Rockville and took care of her family.
Martha led a rich life of faith, sometimes walking across Rockville to go to church when she was a young child. She was a gifted artist and designer often drawing or painting flowers and designing dresses. She was a member of the Dandy Lions Club in Rockville and an avid philanthropist supporting numerous charities and advocating for others throughout her life. She and her husband George loved to co-captain their boat on the Chesapeake Bay, she would often reminisce about navigating the Bay on her own and not having any idea what she was doing, getting caught in a storm and seeking shelter with strangers, and fishing. She also loved spending time with her grandchildren, family, her boys, the garden club, and her church's Heritage Circle. In her older years, she enjoyed traveling with her sister Barbara and future husband, Dr. Robert Wannemacher. She loved all things beautiful; flowers, music, and the arts. She was quite the hostess and entertainer, even throwing herself a going home party with her cluster girls, family, and friends. She was described throughout her life as poised, smart, and witty.


Martha is survived by son Richard Roy Ankney and wife Jean of Virginia Beach, VA; daughter Linda Diane Ankney and partner Bill Fowler of Oldtown, MD; grandchildren, Joel Ankney (Jennifer) and Robby Webb of Virginia Beach, VA; Merry Nicole Meyer (Kenneth) of Charlotte, NC; Melanie Bucheli (Diego) of Warrenton, VA; great-grandsons Joshua (Caitlin) Ankney, Jacob Ankney, Joseph Ankney, Jesse Ankney, Nicholas (Brittney Beighey) Mathews, Zachary (MacKenzie) Mathews, Brandon Meyer, Thomas Meyer, and Austin Webb; great-great-granddaughter Olivia Jean Ankney. She is also survived by her dear sister Barbara Joan (Merry) Dodd, along with three generations of nieces and nephews, her special friend and caregiver, Jackie Capobianco, lifelong friend Barbara (Wolcott) Jeskey, and God-daughter Patricia Jeskey.
Martha was predeceased by her parents, George,her beloved husband of 53 years, husband Bob; siblings Dorothy Mae Merry, Charles William Merry, Hilma Rosella (Merry) Beall; Guy Albert Merry; and Hazel Lee (Merry) Howard; granddaughter Sarah Jo Webb; as well as several nieces and nephews.


Visitation will be held Tuesday, March 22, 2022 from 3 - 5 and 7 - 9 at Molesworth Williams Funeral Home, 26401 Ridge Road, Damascus, MD. Her Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, March 23, 2022, at the Montgomery United Methodist Church, 28325 Kemptown Rd, Damascus, MD, with visitation at 10 am and service beginning at 11am, Pastor John Rudisill presiding. Interment will be in the afternoon at Parklawn Memorial Park in Rockville, MD. Arrangements by Molesworth Williams Funeral Home, Damascus, MD.

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Services

Visitation Times
Tuesday
March 22, 2022

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Molesworth-Williams P.A. Funeral Home
26401 Ridge Road
Damascus, MD 20872

Visitation Times
Tuesday
March 22, 2022

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Molesworth-Williams P.A. Funeral Home
26401 Ridge Road
Damascus, MD 20872

Funeral Service
Wednesday
March 23, 2022

11:00 AM
Montgomery United Methodist Church
28325 Kemptown Road
Damascus, Maryland 20872

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