CHINA GROVE Martha Crisco Pless, 71, of China Grove, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, at The Tucker Hospice House. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, Sept. 30, at Whitley's Funeral Home, with the Rev. R.J. Beaver Hammond officiating. Burial will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 29, at Whitley's Funeral Home. She was born Oct. 27, 1947, in Cabarrus County, to the late Robert Crisco and Mazie Beam Crisco. Martha worked for Cannon Mills for 30 years before her retirement. Martha enjoyed life and being outdoors, riding motorcycles, camping, fishing, reading romance novels, cooking and baking, (she also enjoyed eating what she made). She had a big heart and everyone knew her as "momma." She will be missed by all who knew her, especially her grand-bubbies. She was preceded in death by her husband, Parks M. Pless, Sept. 23, 2004; and her brother, Ronnie D. Crisco, Sept. 18, 2016. Those left to cherish her memory are two sons, Mike W. Pless of China Grove, Arte W. Pless (Lori Upright) of Kannapolis; daughter, Nikki Pless/Goodman of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; many "adopted" grandchildren and fur babies; three sisters, Millie Cook of Concord, Rebecca Kimberlyn of Kannapolis, Barbara Palmer of Concord; and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to Rowan County Animal Shelter, 1465 Julian Rd., Salisbury, NC 28146; or North Carolina Stroke Association, 2000 W 1st St., Winston-Salem, NC 27104. Online condolences may be left at www.whitleysfuneralhome.com. Whitley's Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements for the Pless family.

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