Obituary: Joan Marie Spencer

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Joan Marie Spencer
April 25, 1931 ~ 2018
Joan Marie (Becker) Spencer born April 25, 1931 in Indianapolis, Ind., to Mildred and Arnold Becker. She grew up on the family farm in Indiana and was very active in church, school and 4-H. Upon graduating high school, Joan attended Evangelical Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing and School of X-Ray Technology in St. Louis, Mo. While attending school at Deaconess, she became friends with Dr. Roy Mitchell and his wife, Velma. Upon graduation from Deaconess, Dr. Mitchell invited Joan to come and work for him in Salem. After moving to Salem, she met and married the love of her life, Thomas Spencer. To this union, two daughters were born, Jane and Grace.
Joan is survived by her daughters, Jane Turner (and friend Kevin Stroup) of St. Louis and Grace Huitt (Frank) of Rangely, Colo.; four grandchildren, Diana Turner, Clark Turner, Kristopher Huitt and Ryan Huitt; and five great grandchildren, Rebecca Turner, Blake Turner, Mason Huitt, Easton Huitt and Hayden Huitt.
Preceding her in death are her husband, Thomas Spencer; granddaughter, Sarah Huitt; mother and father, Mildred and Arnold Becker; and mother-in-law and father-in-law, Mabel and Carl Spencer.
A visitation will be held on Monday, April 23 from 5-7 p.m. at Salem Christian Church, 302 W 4th St., Salem, Mo., and a funeral service on Tuesday, April 24 at 11 a.m. at Salem Christian Church with Pastor Chuck Whitmire officiating. Interment will follow at Cedar Grove Cemetery in Salem. Pallbearers are Clark Turner, Kristopher Huitt, Ryan Huitt, Vivian Clark Turner II, Ed Carmack and Phillip Ziske.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Fisher House Foundation,
Arrangements entrusted to Fox Funeral Home in Licking, Mo. Online condolences may be left at