Date of BirthJanuary 30, 1930

Mary Frances Spear Obituary

Date of BirthJanuary 30, 1930

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Date of PassingJanuary 23, 2015

Mary Frances Spear Obituary

from , North Carolina, United States

Date of BirthJanuary 30, 1930

Mary Frances Spear Obituary

Date of BirthJanuary 30, 1930

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Date of PassingJanuary 23, 2015

Mary Frances Spear Obituary

from , North Carolina, United States


WILLIAMSBURG, Va. | Mary Frances Gaylor Spear, beloved wife, cherished mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, October 23, 2015. Mary Frances was born on January 30, 1930, in Kinston, to Charles and Mary Manning Gaylor. She was the fourth of seven children. She graduated from Grainger High School. On April 3, 1960, she married her childhood sweetheart, William Thomas Spear (Tommy). They celebrated 55 years of marriage this year. Their son, William T. Jr., was born in 1961. Her gift from God was her love of children, and she dedicated herself to being a devoted mother, grandmother, den mother to Cub Scouts, preschool teacher, kindergarten teacher and teacher's assistant. She had a wonderful gift for decorating and flower arranging. After moving with Tommy to Williamsburg in 1984, they were fortunate to be able to live in the William Lightfoot Townhouse on Duke of Gloucester St. Her collection of folk art and antiques were so remarkable. During their 17 years there, her home was selected to be part of the Garden Club Christmas tours twice and a Spring Garden Tour. She was very proud to be awarded three blue ribbons for her Historic Area Homes Christmas Decorations. Mary Frances was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Charles and Bobby; and sisters, Jean Guthrie and Virginia Dunn. She is survived by her husband Tommy; son, Will; daughter-in-law, Susan; two wonderful granddaughters, Megan and Olivia, who were her greatest joy; her two sisters, Marilyn Rouse and Joyce Fredrick; and a very special sister-in-law, Jennifer Gaylor. She is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends who celebrated life with her. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the St. Joseph's Indian School, 1301 North Main St., Chamberlain, SD 57325. Online condolences may be offered at nelsencares.com . Arrangements are by Nelsen Funeral Home & Crematory. Sign the guest book at Kinston.com

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