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April 6, 2006

(7/20/1923 – 3/29/2006)

Georgia Myrtle (Clark) Spencer, 82, of Macon, MO, at Loch Haven Nursing Home and previously of rural LaPlata, MO, went home to be with the Lord on March 29, 2006.

She was born on July 20, 1923, in Sullivan County, near Milan, MO, to George Walter and Myrtle (Glidewell) Clark.

Georgia was united in marriage to Earl E. Spencer on August 31, 1941, in Macon, MO, by Elder S.L. Pettus. He preceded her in death on September 15, 2005.

She is survived by six daughters, Bonnie and husband, Alvin Henderson of Hurdland, MO, Beverly and husband, Ronnie Talbert of Downing, MO, Charlotte and husband, David Parrish of Lewistown, MO, Patty and husband, Alan Thrasher of Galt, MO., Pam and husband, Kent Strokes of LaPlata, MO, and Marsha and husband, Scott Anderson of Blue Springs, MO; She is also survived by two sisters, Lorene Fichtenkort and Marjorie Hampton, both of Burlington, IA; also by seventeen grandchildren (and spouses), Kevin (and Terri) and Darin (and Donna) Henderson, Leslie (and Chris) Lodahl, Darrell (and Kim) and Chris (and Amy) Talbert, Linda (and Bruce) Jackson, Brenda (and Chuck) Hubert, Julie (and Ross) Walden, Angela (and Matt) Sherman, Charles (and Lisa) Parrish, Michelle (and Josh) Tulley, Matthew (and Amy) Thrasher, Melanie (and Frank) Goddard, Amanda Weber, and Daniel (and Savannah), Kellen and Sarah Stokes; also 34 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was also preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, Raymond and Marion Clark, both of Milan, MO and Leonard Clark of Leoti, KS; a half-brother, Francis Clark of Burlington, IA; a half-sister, Lulabelle Etka of Fort Madison, IA, and a half-sister, Ella Sykes of Kirksville, MO, and two grandsons, Ronnie Gene Talbert and James David Parrish, both as infants.

Mrs. Spencer was raised in the Oak Grove community east of Milan and went to a rural school there. She enjoyed school, especially spelling bees. She and her siblings all enjoyed playing guitar and singing together. She and Earl lived on a farm near Milan, MO, then near Searsboro, IA. They settled east of LaPlata, MO in 1951, where they farmed together for 53 years.

Georgia was a very faithful member of the Mt. Tabor Primitive Baptist Church near Hurdland, MO, for over fifty years. She was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. She was a leader in Macon County R-H (Bear Creek Club) for about thirty years; she was involved in county and state Extension Club work, the Social Sunshine Club, and her community. Georgia compiled and had published a book about the history of 4-H and Extension in Macon County. Georgia and Earl were instrumental in the original road marking project of the county roads in Macon County during the 1970’s.

Among her special God-given talent was her warm hospitality (she loved to cook for her family, friends, and church brethren), writing letters of encouragement and cards (often at 2:00 a.m. when she couldn’t sleep), painting and giving away ceramics (churches, angels, Santas), and hosting birthday, music, Christmas and New Year’s Eve gatherings. Georgia and Earl were faithful to visit the elderly and lonely. She loved going to church, being with her family, farming with Earl, gardening, and lived life fully. She and Earl enjoyed traveling, and visited every state except Alaska. Georgia deeply desired to go home to be with her Lord. She will be sorely missed, but we rejoice in her sweet release from this world of woe.

A funeral service was held April 1, 2006, at the Davis-Playle-Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home with her pastor, Elder Alan Curtis officiating. Burial was in the Oakwood Cemetery at Milan, MO. Pallbearers were her grandsons, Kevin and Darin Henderson, Darrell and Chris Talbert, Charles Parrish, Matthew Thrasher, Daniel and Kellen Stokes. Honorary pallbearers were her granddaughters and spouses. Expressions of sympathy in memory of Georgia Spencer may be made to her church, Mt. Tabor Primitive Baptist Church.

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