Martha Elizabeth Glower, M.D., 50, passed away on December 17, 2013 at home after a courageous battle with cancer.

Dr. Glower was born on November 5, 1963 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Having been raised in Fargo, she graduated from Fargo South High in 1982. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Chicago and her Medical Doctorate from the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago. She completed her internship at Emory University in Atlanta and her residency in Dermatology at the University of Chicago Hospitals. She returned to Fargo, where she was employed by Essentia Health, formerly Dakota Clinic.

She married Jacob Glower in 1995.

Martha is survived by her son, Everett; her parents, Dr. Norman and Joan Bystol; brothers, Peter Bystol (Jean) and Adam Bystol (Karin); sisters, Mary McCloud (John) and Rebecca Sassen (Timothy); and nieces and nephews. She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Fargo, where she participated in the Handbell Choir.

 Memorial gifts may be given to the St. John Handbell Choir or Hospice of Red River Valley.

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  1. Reston VirginiaI remember Martha so fondly from our college days when we shared a horrible apartment and loved every minute of it. My thoughts and prayers to her family and friends at this very sad time.

  2. Fargo North Dakota
    I am saddened by the loss of your beautiful and courageous daughter. She was a delightful woman and a wonderfully compasionate doctor.

  3. Marion ndI was deeply saddened to hear of Martha’s passing. She had been my dr. for several years and I truly looked forward to our visits. Her soft spoken, kind manner was infectious. I had introduced my Mother to her a few years ago and she had begun to see her also. When visiting we would talk about her son and the picture that she had in that room and that he was actually older, but she loved that picture so she kept it there. I will miss her kind hearted nature and visits. May she rest in peace and God has truly gained a wonderful angel. Cindy Vogel

  4. Chapel Hill NCOur sincerest condolences to Martha’s parents and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.

    Sue Ann and Donald Glower

  5. West Fargo ND
    Dr. Glower was my physician and I worked with her and her father in the clinic setting. She touched many lives and she will be missed.
    My thoughts and prayers to her family.
    Jo Brenneise

  6. Fargo ND
    Dear Dr. and Mrs. Bystol,
    Please convey my sincere condolences on the very untimely death of your daughter Martha to members of the Glower family. Dr. Martha was my physician and a friend. She was wonderful M.D. and a really fine person. I am sorry to hear of her death but retain good memories of my association with her.


    Myron H. Bright

  7. West Fargo ND
    Martha touched many lives, and we will not forget her. She was a talented woman in the medical field, and creative in so many ways. I enjoyed working with her at Essentia Health. My thoughts are with her family at this time.

  8. Fargo,nd Martha was my favorite Dr.
    She was a beautiful woman.
    I will miss her.
    My sympathy to her family.

    Judie Metcalf

  9. Westminster MassachusettsDear Bystol Family,
    Paul and I send you our sincere sympathies and thoughts on the loss of Martha. She was an inspiration to many.
    With condolences,
    Roberta Gillette and Paul Yarmoluk

  10. Fargo ND
    Like Martha, I went to high school in Fargo (north, not south!), and went away for about a decade to complete my medical training, returning to Fargo in 2010 to take my first job at Essentia as an ophthalmologist. I met Martha shortly after I began there, at which time she had already begun her courageous battle with cancer. I was fortunate to get to know her, especially during the first two years there, and was greatly inspired by her strength, courage, and positive attitude, despite all that she endured. She was loved by her patients and co-workers and was a beautiful person. I will remember her always, as she deeply touched my life and many others.

  11. Andover Minnesota
    I am so sorry to hear about Martha. She was a great person/friend and was so fun to be around. My thoughts and prayers go out to you all at this very difficult time.

  12. tucson azI am so very sorry to learn of Martha’s passing – she was a class act and I have many fond memories of fun times shared in high school.

    My sympathy goes out to all of her dear family.

  13. Fargo Dr Glower has been our doctor for years . She was the BEST! We will miss her very much. Our sympathy to her family.

    Joe and Phyllis Thurlow

  14. Ankeny IAOur prayers for Martha and her family. I knew her when I was in school with Adam, and got to know her better when I rotated with her as a medical student. I still use her lessons to this day.

  15. OhioI am very sorry for your loss. I hope knowing that your loved one is in our loving heavenly Father’s memory will bring your family comfort during this difficult time. Very soon now we can look forward to God’s promise at a Revelation 21:4: “… Death will be no more, neither will mourning, nor outcry, nor pain be anymore, the former thing gave passed away.”

  16. My deepest condolences to the family for a life that ended so soon. One day soon, no resident will say: I am sick and death will be no more – Isaiah 33:24 Revelation 21:3, 4

  17. Moorhead Minn. Martha has been My Doc. for a number of yrs. We shared some stories also with our Cancer experiences…GREAT DOCTOR…….GOOD PATIENT/DOCTOR FRIEND ALSO. MY SYMPATHY & PRAYERS TO “ALL MEMBERS” OF MARTHA`S FAMILY~~She will be Very Missed by Very Many.~~~~

  18. Frazee MN
    Always appreciated Martha’s willingness to help and provide service to my patients. Enjoyed talking with her over the years.

  19. Fargo ND
    I first met Dr. Glower when I started with Innovis Health in 2008. I worked with her friend, Grace, and we started meeting monthly for some crafting evenings. Martha was always the gracious hostess, fun to be around, always the encourager, and a beautiful person inside and out. I knew I wanted to be a part of Innovis, now Essentia, if she represented their commitment, ideals and standards. I treasure the times we had together.Those times can never be duplicated without her smile, skill and soul.

  20. Fargo I was so shocked and saddened to learn of my doctor’s death! Dr. Glower was the BEST. She was a great doctor and compassionate woman. She helped ME through a breast cancer scare as well as took care of my skin cancers. I have and will continue to miss her. May she rest in peace and God bless her family.

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