Martha Jean Schworm

November 17, 2022

Martha Jean Schworm died on Nov 17, 2022. She had been living at The Haven at Carolina Place in Charlotte, NC since 2019 and formerly lived in Vienna, VA.

Martha was born and raised in Charlotte and graduated from the Charlotte public schools. She moved to Evanston, IL to study at Kendall Junior College followed by Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, VA. After graduation, Martha began her career with Fairfax County Social Services in Virginia where she remained for more than 30 years until her retirement. She was passionate about her job and deeply committed to helping people in need. This commitment continued after her retirement through her volunteer work as a patient advocate for the elderly.

Martha was devoted to her family and played an important part in the lives of her nieces and nephew and her grand nephews. Her many close friends attest to Martha’s kindness, generosity, good humor, and love of fun and meaningful conversations. Martha’s friends and family will greatly miss her.

Martha loved holidays and organized family events whenever possible. She was passionate about finding the perfect gifts for family and friends, and many of them revealed her quirky side, especially the colorful sweaters.

Martha had a great passion for traveling to fascinating locations with family and friends. She and her mother once took a road trip through New York, Illinois, and Iowa to visit ancestral homes. Martha loved to coax family and friends into visiting her favorite places in the Caribbean including Aruba, Barbados, and Antigua. A favorite trip was to Churchill, a remote town in Manitoba, Canada, to see the Northern lights.

Predeceased by her parents, Rolston and Martha Jean (Emery) Schworm, Martha is survived by her sister Anne Schworm and her husband Gray Stephens of Charlotte, and her brothers Robert Schworm of Carrboro, NC, and William Schworm and his wife Denise Doiron of Boston, MA. She is also survived by her nephew Peter Schworm and his wife Kara O’Leary Schworm of Boston and her nieces Melissa Schworm of Carrboro, and Emily Lamb and her husband Thomas Lamb and their children Colin and Whitman Lamb of Wilmington, NC.

The family would like to extend its heartfelt thanks to the staff at The Haven at Carolina Place and the Hospice and Palliative Care Charlotte Region.

A graveside service will be held at 2:30 PM on Saturday, December 3, 2022 at Evergreen Cemetery, Charlotte. The family will receive friends immediately following at the home of Anne Schworm and Gray Stephens, 1232 Marlwood Terrace, Charlotte.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC; 28204 (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at

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  • Channahsorah

    Dear Anne, Gray, other family, and extended-family - Martha and a few of us here were part of the original Home Owners here at Westbriar Condominiums in Vienna Virginia. Over the years Martha and I have had many informal meet-ups around the village here, listening- and talking-together. It was always intriguing and delightful, especially given Martha's insights, perspectives, creativity, and experiences. Often, Martha's references to and stories about her loving Family would come through so clearly. I really loved our talks together, some of which would be in a hallway, outside, or the garage when we happened to come across each other. We even had occasional happenstance meet-ups in the storage cage area; once Martha kiddingly wondered aloud about what it might be like (and cost) to pitch a tent and live in her storage cage! It was quite humorous and was "classic Martha!" As it is a *lot* of neighbors & friends here at Westbriar will really miss even knowing that Martha was on the Earth with us, among us--even though she moved down south to Anne and Gray's village-area. And we are all very sad--we adore (still and always) Martha's bright, insightful, and humanity-loving spirit.

    My heart remains with all of Martha's loved-ones.
    - Channahsorah (AKA Vinita)

  • Tom Kantsios

    Please accept our heartfelt sympathy to you and your Family in the loss of your sister, Martha. I know that you and your Family will miss your her. May all the beautiful and loving memories sustain you during this difficult time. May her memory be eternal. Tom & Stephanie Kantsios