Celebrating the life of Mary Wrenn Spooner
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Born Mary Iverson Wrenn on November 17, 1925, in Gatewood, North Carolina, she was the fourth of six children born to Aubrey and Susan Wrenn. Mary graduated from Cobb Memorial High School in Caswell County, North Carolina, where she played on the girls’ basketball team. She attended Averett College in Danville, Virginia before going to work as a bookkeeper at Sears.
She moved to Gadsden County to marry her husband, Murray Spooner, after a wartime romance that took place over two years of corresponding through letters while he served with the Army Air Corp in India during World War II. They finally met in person and married when he returned to the States in 1945, establishing their home in Greensboro, Florida, where they owned and operated a successful farming business and raised their family.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband of fifty-six years, and their infant son, Jack Wrenn Spooner, and by her parents, her brother, Miller Wrenn, and her sisters, Susan Martin and Frances Wrenn.
She is survived by her children: Jim (Pam) Spooner of Highland Village, TX, Ed (Patti) Spooner of Quincy, FL, and Jean Frey of Tallahassee, FL; her grandchildren: Alecia Spooner of Shoreline, WA, Kyle Spooner of Dallas, TX, Suzanne Spooner-Faulk (Tony) of Nashville, TN, Joey Spooner (Emily) of Lanham, MD, Stephen Frey (Nichole) of Winter Garden FL, Ben Frey (Jimena) of Orlando, FL, Melissa Christensen (Matt) of Erie, CO, Mike Timme of Arvada, CO; and, her great grandchildren: Pasha and Dima Tatarinov, Ryker and Isabella Spooner, Hayden and Calum Frey, Bryce and Lily Christensen, and Garrett Timme. A sister, Anne Jones of Whiteville, NC, and brother, Ed Wrenn of Gatewood, NC, also survive, along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Mary was a devoted wife, loving mother and grandmother, caring friend, and active member of the community. She managed the bookkeeping and payroll functions for the family farm and after her children were grown, worked for the American Red Cross and Gold Kist, Inc.
She was an active member of Greensboro United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School, was a member of the Women’s Circle and served as Membership Secretary and on various committees, for many years. She was also a member of several community organizations including the Quincy Garden Club, the Pilot Club, the Sawano Club, and the Quincy Golf Club, and was a past supporter of the Quincy Music Theatre and Gadsden Arts Center.
Mary enjoyed gardening, cooking, traveling, music, and playing bridge with her many friends, especially her Wednesday afternoon bridge club, who played together for over sixty years.
But nothing was a higher priority, or gave her more joy, than her family, of whom she was immensely proud. She was an involved supporter of her children’s many activities while they were growing up and their greatest fan after they became adults. She was an excellent cook, known for her delicious brownies, and looked forward to having her family together for meals, special occasions and holidays. She created many lasting memories with her grandchildren, whether attending their school and sporting events, fishing at Lake Seminole, going swimming, to the movies or shopping, picking blueberries and grapes, or making homemade ice cream and pound cake. Until her health declined in recent years, she also loved returning to her birthplace in North Carolina to visit her childhood home and relatives.
She will be greatly missed by the family and friends she loved so much, and who loved her beyond measure.
The family wishes to thank everyone who assisted in her care, especially caregiver and close friend Donnie Greene, who brought much comfort and happiness to her final years.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the home of Ed and Patti Spooner,165 Oakland Drive, Quincy, Florida. The graveside funeral service will be Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 11:00 a.m., at Hillcrest Cemetery in Quincy, Florida.
If friends would like to remember Mary with a memorial contribution, the family suggests donations to Greensboro United Methodist Church, the Gadsden Arts Center, or a charity of their choice.
Charles McClellan Funeral Home, 15 S. Jackson St., Quincy, FL., (850) 627-7677, is in charge of arrangements.
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