Dorothea M. Spencer
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Dorothea M. Spencer
  • August 26, 1925 - April 20, 2017
  • Malabar, Florida

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Dorothea (Dot) Spencer was born in Cleveland, Ohio on August 26, 1925 to Earl F. Mace and Margaret Mae (Burke) Mace. She was the first of two daughters
(Elizabeth Ann Mace Keeney) born to a medal-winning WWI veteran and his bride, a young woman of the Appalachian Hills in southeastern Ohio. After
returning from the war Earl worked as an architect until the Great Depression ended his career. At the time of Dorothea's birth her father was building and
selling small houses to returning war veterans in the Cleveland area.

As the Depression wore on Frank moved his family back to the hills of Athens County, Ohio. The small, backwoods village of New England, Ohio - Rome
Township, was Dot's childhood home. When asked about her childhood, Dot would recount tales of scratch farming with mules and primitive farming
equipment. She enjoyed telling her grandchildren the tale about how one day on the farm, her father's angry insistence that he was going to "shoot that d... mule" prompted her mother, Maggie, to quickly. hide the shotgun and shells before "daddy could actually carry out the deed".

Dot went on to graduate at the top of her small high school class and begin college classes in accounting at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. She worked as an
accountant for various businesses in Athens and later in the Columbus area. She met and married James Edward Spencer on January 16, 1946. Dot helped raise three young step-daughters which was a high time in her life and she often spoke of her love for "the girls" long after the young ladies had grown up and moved on in their own lives.

Dot gave birth to a son, Michael Earl Spencer in October of 1950, and later another boy, James Lawrence (Larry) Spencer. The family moved to a small town
in northeastern Ohio. It was in Cortland that Dot joined her husband in dedicating their lives to their Savior, the Lord, Jesus Christ. Dot became very active in
teaching Sunday School classes to young children while Jim served as an elder in the Nazarene church in Cortland.

With James's failing health, Dot and her husband moved to Panama City, Florida where she picked up her accounting skills working for a small tax service in Panama City before retiring to Palm Bay, Florida near her oldest son and his family.

Her beloved Jim passed away in July 1991 and Dot moved into a small cottage within a few yards of Michael and his family in Palm Bay. She loved being
grandma to her brood of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, keeping in frequent contact with her younger son, Larry, and his family (Youngstown, Ohio).
Dot was active in her church (Nazarene) in Melbourne, Fl., making countless friends and loved ones who shared her faith in her Lord.

For 25 years, Dorothea lived as a single mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She passed into His arms peacefully April 20, 2017. Her final days
were spent with the wonderful staff at Anchor Care nursing home. She is missed by her two sons and five grandchildren, and most especially by her seven great grandchildren. Her church family will miss her-warmth and friendship and Dot awaits in Heaven with Jim for a time when the family will altogether praise the name of her Jesus.

Final arrangements include her internment along-side husband, James; at Florida Memorial Gardens in Rockledge, FL, followed by a private family memorial
gathering in the days ahead.