Martha Gayle Younce, 83 of Hickory passed away Wednesday, March 29, 2023 at her residence following a period of declining health.

Martha was born on August 3, 1939 in Catawba County to the late Joseph Gilbert Abee and Dorothy Pauline Martin Abee. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, George Kerman Younce, and brother, Joseph Wayne Abee.

Martha dedicated her life to Jehovah on July 22, 1953. She was a graduate of Hickory High School Class of 1957 and she retired from Belk Department store in Hickory where she worked as a buyer and area sales manager.

Those left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Tanya Roshelle Younce; granddaughter, Melissa Gayle Groves; great-granddaughters, Madison Avery Groves and Kayliana Nicole Groves; sister, Margo Oehling; nephew, Joseph Eric Oehling; nieces, Shelly Abee Jones and Lisa Abee; and special family friends, William and Alice Workman.

No services are scheduled at this time.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family at 1330 5th Street NE, Unit 93, Hickory, NC 28601.

The family would like to thank Carolina Caring for the wonderful care they provided.

An online guestbook and obituary is available at

Mackie Funeral Service and Cremations is assisting the family.