Bertie Clark Womble, MAS, former manager of inside sales and ad specialties at Apex Tool Group, passed away on April 1 in Holly Springs, North Carolina. She was 66.

Womble joined Cooper Tools—now part of Apex Tool Group—in 1970 as a secretary in the company’s ad specialties department, and retired after 45 years with the company in July 2015. She was named the Young Executives Promotional Products Association’s Person of the Year early in her career, and in 2013 she was inducted into the Hall of Fame at supplier Top Brands (UPIC: topbrand). A founding member of the Carolinas Association of Advertising and Marketing Professionals (CAAMP), Womble also served as the association’s president. She was inducted into the CAAMP Hall of Fame in 1998.

Womble is survived by her husband of 35 years, Tommy; brother Dale Clark and sister-in-law Barbara; sister Jennifer Moore and brother-in-law Greg; sister Marie Stewart and brother-in-law Don; father-in-law, Wallace Wayne Womble, Sr.; sister-in-law Patty McIver and her husband Keith; sister-in-law Phyllis Womble; and a number of nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held April 4 at Apex Funeral Home Chapel in Apex, North Carolina, followed by burial at New Hill Baptist Church Cemetery. Womble requested that thanks be given to the love of her life, Tommy Womble, and to Jennifer Moore, Pam Greer, Nell Turner, Sue Green and Debbie Judd. Also, special thanks to Dr. Mark Graham and Nicole Jones and the staff at Waverly Hematology and Oncology. Memorials may be made in her honor to Waverly Hematology and Oncology Survivors Clinic, 300 Ashville Avenue, Suite 310, Cary, North Carolina 27518.