Melba Joyce Spavin
Melba Joyce Spavin
  • December 27, 1932 - May 13, 2017
  • Lutz, Florida

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Melba Joyce Spavin, age 84, passed away peacefully on Saturday May 13, 2017 at her home in Lutz, FL from long term complications of diabetes and stroke. She was born December 27, 1932 to Herbert and Elvyn Durnell in Moline Illinois, and was the youngest of two children. Melba married the love of her life, William Edward Spavin of Carbon Cliff, Il, in 1956. A lifelong woman of faith, she enjoyed studying the Bible and reading. Melba loved her family, her three kids, her grandkids and sharing good times with friends and neighbors. She was a great Midwest sports fan: she loved the Cubs, Bulls and the Bears, as well as the local Quad Cities teams. As a youth, Mel was an avid dancer, and she always enjoyed watching shows full of music and dance. She relocated to Florida in 2004 to be with family, and was very happy when all her children ended up living close to her once again.

She is survived by her three children, Dolores Lowe (Robert Macchione), David (Teresa) Spavin and Daniel Spavin. She has 4 grandchildren, Megan Lowe, Matt (Rose) Meyrer, Kelly Spavin, Jake (Miranda) Spavin, and two adorable great grandsons, Quentin and Kellan Spavin, her brother, Merle, and his children. Her husband William, preceded her in death in 2004. She will join him at the Rock Island Arsenal National Cemetery in a joyful reunion. She was also looking forward to seeing her beloved dog, Cappy who passed in 2016.

A visitation for family and friends will be held on Thursday, June 1, 2017 from 10am – 12 noon at Runge Mortuary, 838 E Kimberly Rd, Davenport, IA 52807. Private burial will take place after that at the RI Arsenal. Family and friends are also invited to gather at Melba’s favorite eating establishment, Rudy’s Tacos 326 Cedar St ( 4th & Cedar ) Davenport, from 4-6pm on June 1st for a celebration of her life.

Mel’s family would like to extend a very special thanks to their mother’s caregiver, Janet Stanifer, and her children Karis and TJ. Without Janet’s unwavering friendship and expert care, Melba would not have been able to continue living in her own home. Her son Dan also deserves recognition in helping with her care. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to a local not for profit Hospice.