Mabel M. Spencer


Posted: Sunday, May 30, 2004

Soldotna resident Mabel M. Spencer died Thursday, May 27, 2004, at Heritage Place after a lengthy illness. She was 93.

A memorial service is planned at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 3, at Heritage Place.

A lifelong Alaskan, Mrs. Spencer was born May 8, 1911, in Hope. At the age of 3, she traveled by steamship to Seattle, where she was admitted to Children's Orthopedic Hospital, where it was discovered that she had tuberculosis of the right knee.

Upon completion of high school in Washington, Mrs. Spencer returned to Alaska. At age 18, she was employed as a teacher's aide in Buckland, and enjoyed teaching children to read. From there, she spent 10 years teaching in various villages along the western coast of Alaska.

In 1940, she was married in Anchorage, and in 1942, her only child, Peter, was born.

Mrs. Spencer made many friends in life and had a great love of reading, especially her Bible. She enjoyed reciting poetry, singing and listening to music, playing card and word games. Prior to moving to Heritage Place, where she was elected co-mayor, Mrs. Spencer was a foster grandparent in Anchorage for 19 years.

Mrs. Spencer was preceded in death by her son, Peter.

She is survived by her grandson, Peter Reese, and his family of San Bruno, Calif.; sisters, Olga Hilleary and Ida Sigler of Kenai; nieces, nephews and their spouses, Pamela and Dennis Moeglein, Debra and Christopher Little, Ronald and Patricia Hilleary, Richard and Janet Hilleary, and Jeannie Smith; and great-nieces and nephews, Taryn and Kyser Moeglein, Travis and Wesley Little, Jennifer and Kyle Hilleary, Michael and Richard Hilleary, Craig Russel Hilleary, Joleen, Mahle and Rick Smith.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Heritage Place, 232 Rockwell, Soldotna, AK 99669.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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