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“So belatedly I am sorry for the loss of you Delores to your family and friends and grateful for your then annoying help to me as a young woman in the...Read More »
1 of 26 | Posted by: yaddocat@hotmail.com

“Delores was a beautiful person inside and out. Over the years she has helped me tremendously with my health problems when everyone else gave up. The...Read More »
2 of 26 | Posted by: Patsy Kowitz - Camden, MI

“Dolores was an amazing woman! I only hope I will have that much spirit as I grow older! She will be missed! ”
3 of 26 | Posted by: Karen Caruso - Dearborn, MI

“Every Sunday i would go and visit Delores and we would play several games of checkers. It was an honor to have even known someone like her. She was...Read More »
4 of 26 | Posted by: Andrew Spence - Hillsdale, MI

“We love grandma and everything about what she did in her life, her gardens, her business. My best memorys are our camping trips, they were so much...Read More »
5 of 26 | Posted by: Sarah & Wayne Mousseau - Reading, MI

“Grandma Spence is the best Grandma/Friend that i have ever had. Im glad she was in my families and my life. And the best times of my life was...Read More »
6 of 26 | Posted by: Matthew Spence - Reading, MI

“Gone from our sight, but never our memories. Gone from our touch, but never our hearts Love you Aunt Delores ”
7 of 26 | Posted by: Phyllis Dingee - Niece

“My thoughts and prayers are with all of her family. I met Delores in early 2008. I had been diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. I was urged by...Read More »
8 of 26 | Posted by: Paulette Clark - Addison, MI

“Your lovely smile will be missed by all your Nature's Sunshine friends! ”
9 of 26 | Posted by: Mary Born, ND - Waterford, MI

“Dear Duane and Cindy, I only recently found out that Delores is your sister. My homeopathic doctor went to her as did several others that I knew....Read More »
10 of 26 | Posted by: Sally Pinchock - Plymouth MI, MI

“I will miss your gentle, caing spirit. I love you Aunt Delores ”
11 of 26 | Posted by: Dalena Debano - neice

“To the family of Delores J. Spence You have our sincere sympathy and are grateful for the work she has done for us. You are in our prayers. We...Read More »
12 of 26 | Posted by: Helen & Sam Craig - Tecumseh., MI

“dearest Lorin....I smile at the fond memories with you and your mother at your house growing up. I send an extra hug today as you and your family...Read More »
13 of 26 | Posted by: Nancy Stroble Niergarth - Alpena, MI

“To the family, I regret your deep loss, but am thankful for the life of faith Delores shared with you all. My sympathy especially to her husband, to...Read More »
14 of 26 | Posted by: Katherine Ward - MI

“I met Dr. Spence through her beautiful daughter Lorin. I immediately gravitated toward the Christian values and spirituality that she held so dear. ...Read More »
15 of 26 | Posted by: Daniel M. Hall - Bay Harbor, MI

“Love you Aunt Delores ”
16 of 26 | Posted by: Regina Farnsworth - Niece

“Uncle Jr, I love you guys so much and wish I could be there for you. I will always have Aunt Delores in my heart and the memories that...Read More »
17 of 26 | Posted by: Regina Farnsworth - Bear Lake, MI

“Among so many other things, Delores taught me how to take charge of my own health by using the many healing plants that God has provided for us all....Read More »
18 of 26 | Posted by: Patty Pogue - Reading, MI

“Sorry to hear about the passing of Delores. I don't believe I ever met her, but she was quite helpful to me when I was putting together my book about...Read More »
19 of 26 | Posted by: Steve Phenicie - Norcross, GA

“Uncle JR and Family - I'm sorry to hear of the passing of Aunt Delores. I have many fond childhood memories of family gatherings, and because of...Read More »
20 of 26 | Posted by: Lea Ferrier - Lindenhurst, IL

“My sister-in-law who put all others in front of herself. who's mission in life was to heal. You will be greatly missed by all of us. ”
21 of 26 | Posted by: David W. Spence - Hillsdale, MI

“To a great Sister-in-law ”
22 of 26 | Posted by: Darrel Spence - Brother-in-Law

“I am so blessed to have crossed Delores's path. In the short time I have known her, I have learned so much. You we be missed by so many. Love to...Read More »
23 of 26 | Posted by: Annette Tuck - Friend

“Mere words cannot express my love for Delores and her family. The Lord brought us together back in the mid 80's after I cried out in prayer for help...Read More »
24 of 26 | Posted by: Sheila VanHemert - Addison, MI

“Dear Herb and family, I'm so sorry to hear of Delores passing..But, I'm rejoicing that she is with her Savior..Praise God and we will one day see...Read More »
25 of 26 | Posted by: Nancy Good - Ringgold, GA

“Sending everyone love and light! Delores left me in awe with all the knowledge she had for she forever left an impact on me. You will be greatly...Read More »
26 of 26 | Posted by: Kari Atkinson - Midland, MI


DELORES J. SPENCE, age 76 of Hillsdale, passed away on Monday, June 27, 2011 at her home. She was born on February 25, 1935 in Rantoul, Illinois to Victor and Amelia Cleghorn (Green) Sanborn. She married Herbert Spence, Jr. on June 26, 1953 in Weston, MI, and he survives. Delores lived her early life in the Sand Creek area, and spent the last 37 years at her present home in Hillsdale. She graduated from Sand Creek High School in 1953, and was a member of the Hillsdale United Brethren Church. She was a Naturopathic Doctor, receiving her degree from Trinity School of Natural Healing of Winona, Indiana, a member of C.N.H.P., (Certified National Health Practitioners), International Iridologists Organization, A.N.C.P., (American National Certified Practitioners), as well as Michigan National Health Coalition. Delores was also on the teaching staff of the Naturopathic School in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. She and her husband owned and operated Back to Basics Health Clinic, in Hillsdale. Surviving besides her husband Herb, are two sons, Lyndell W. Spence of Hillsdale and Leonard R. Spence of Jackson, one daughter, Lorinda Bertakis of Boca Raton, Florida, eleven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, two brothers, Duane (Cindy) Sanborn of Hudson, Darwin (Lee) Sanborn of Sunfield, Michigan, one sister, Diana (Douglas) Frey of Hudson, one sister in law, Patricia Sanborn of Manitou Beach, nineteen nephews and sixteen nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Douglas Sanborn. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Thursday, June 30, 2011 at the Hillsdale United Brethren Church, 240 S. Howell Street in Hillsdale, with Pastor Les Smith officiating. The visitation will be on Wednesday from 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM and from 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM at the Brown-Van Hemert Funeral Home, 122 N. Steer Street (U.S. 127) in Addison. Cremation will follow the funeral service. Memorial contributions are to Alpha Omega Women's Care Center of Hillsdale, and Michigan National Health Coalition. Contribution envelopes will be made available.

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