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Velda Spencer

Velda passed away peacefully 8/31/23 in Hot Springs, AR. Velda was born November 20th, 1938, in Everett, Washington, to Othel Moses and Ella Myree Gilliam. She graduated from Bonner Springs, Kansas, and went to marry Dale Clinton Spencer in 1960 in Ottawa, Kansas.

Mrs. Spencer then came to Arkansas where she moved around following her husband’s Engineering Career and working as a housewife to raise her 3 children; living in Little Rock, Fort Smith, Hope and finally residing in Mena where she will forever be remembered.

Velda was an outgoing mother, grandmother, sister, friend, and bonus family member to many. She had a huge personality and was never afraid to let it shine. She loved to watch people, which was one of her favorite things about being in the Cottages. She would be the first person at your door in any time of need, no matter if she knew you or not. She loved antiquing and bargain hunting and was always on the hunt for that perfect Magical gift. She made friends with anyone and everyone the minute she met them.

Velda absolutely loved reading, spending time with people, and laughing. She was unique in so many ways, and left an imprint everywhere she went, whether it was through that powerful Este Lauder perfume or that abundant laugh. Velda grew up Catholic and went back to her Catholic roots over and over again throughout the years, she loved hearing Gods word and didn’t care which church she went to in order to hear it. So many stories of this woman will be retold for years and years to come. To know her, is to love her.

Survivors include her Son Mike Spencer and wife Roberta. Daughter Tyra Alley and Husband Richard. Grandson Matthew Goodner, Granddaughter Nikki Ferguson and husband Kyle with great-grandchildren Emma, Anna, Brynlee, Skylar, Moses and Evelyn, Grandson Chase Alley and wife Rhiannon with great-grandchildren Fletcher and Phoebe. Grandson Heath Spencer.

Preceded in Death by Husband D.C. Spencer, daughter Jacqueline Myree Spencer, and sister Evelyn Rentko with husband John. And her parents Ella Brotherton Gilliam and Othel Gilliam.

Mrs. Spencer was sent for cremation under the direction of Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

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