Nell Gardiner (Turner) Spettel

April 2, 1923March 12, 2018
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Nell Gardiner (Turner) Spettel, age 94, of Columbus, Georgia, passed away on Monday March 12, 2018. Nell was born April 2, 1923, in Thomasville, Georgia, to Hallie Alexander Turner and Francis Hazelhurst Turner. Mrs. Spettel is a well-known local artist and member of the Columbus Artist Guild, founding member of The Arts in The Park, member of the National League of Pen Women, and National Quota Club, contributor of Friends of Art at Columbus State University, and member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was a past dance instructor specializing in Hula dancing, former Senior Mrs. Lower Chattahoochee Valley, and member of St. Paul United Methodist Church. A family committal service for Nell will be held Saturday, March 17, 2018, from 2:00 PM to 2:30 PM at Parkhill Cemetery, 4161 Macon Road, Columbus, Georgia 31907. Funeral services will occur Saturday, March 17, 2018, at 3:00 PM in Edgewood Hall of Striffler-Hamby, 4071 Macon Road, Columbus, Georgia, followed by a reception to celebrate Nell’s life from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM in the Mill Room of Striffler-Hamby, with Reverend Francis Turner, III officiating. Along with her parents, Nell was preceded in death by: her husband Frank Joseph Spettel, Jr.; sons, Michael Alexander Spettel, Marcus Hutchins Spettel, and Frank Joseph Spettel, III; brothers Hooper Alexander Turner and Francis Hazelhurst Turner, Jr. She is survived by: son James Patrick Spettel; and a daughter-in-law Jane Price Spettel; sister-in-laws Anne Turner, and Ebda Joe Spettel; brother-in-law, Thom Spettel; grandsons, Jimi Spettel, Billy Spettel, and Jonathon Spettel; five great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other family members, and many, many friends. Flowers are welcome, or those wishing to make a donation in memory of Mrs. Spettel may do so at CSU Foundation, attention Friends of Art at Columbus State University 4225 University Ave. 31907, or The Wynn House of Columbus, 1240 Wynnton Rd. Columbus, GA 31906, or The Columbus Artist Guild. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Spettel Family.


  • Hallie Alexander Turner, Mother
  • Francis Hazelhurst Turner, Father
  • Frank Joseph Spettel Jr., Husband
  • Hooper Alexander Turner, Brother
  • Francis Hazelhurst Turner Jr., Brother
  • Michael Alexander Spettel, Son
  • Marcus Hutchins Spettel, Son
  • Frank Joseph Spettel III, Son
  • James Patrick Spettel, Son
  • Jane Price Spettel, Daughter-in-law
  • Anne Turner, Sister-in-law
  • Jimi Spettel, Grandson
  • Billy Spettel, Grandson
  • Jonathan Spettel, Grandson
  • Mrs. Spettel also leaves behind five great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other family members, and many, many friends.


  • Family Committal Service Saturday, March 17, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 17, 2018
  • A Celebration of Nell's Life Reception Saturday, March 17, 2018

Nell Gardiner (Turner) Spettel

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Ricky Thornton

March 22, 2018

Nell volunteered for my activity program at Trillium Village 20 years ago with her Hula ladies. I remember her helping with Hawaiian week and teaching me how to make flowers for decorations. Loved her enthusiasm and laugh. Any idea you had, she was ready to do it then.

Carolyn Ware

March 17, 2018

Aunt Nell was always the fun and interesting member of our family. She was full of life and enthusiasm for hula dancing (no family celebration was complete without her performance), painting (I treasure one of her beachscape paintings), and celebrations in general. She was also the strongest and most resilient person I know, and she will always be an inspiration. I loved and admired her, will miss her very much, and will be grateful for having her in my life for many years.

Ebba Jo Spettel

March 16, 2018

NELL...from her sister-in-law, Ebba Jo Spettel. Nell and I shared the same name because we married brothers, Jim and Chuck
Spettel, and we have passed that name on through our sons, Pat, Scott and Stewart. It is an honorable name from honorable men. I recall observing her with a young son in a "disciplinary" matter when she said, " Remember, you are a Spettel. Make us proud." I loved her for that. As army wives, we shared the roving life which took her to France, Germany, and Hawaii. She savored their culture in different ways. French was the first foreign language she heard that everyone was speaking. It fascinated her, and she combined sign language and a Georgia accent to make it more interesting in the small village. A fond family memory was our trip with the Wares to visit Nell and Jim and the boys in Berlin in the late 50's. What a time we had exploring the city and bargaining in German (and sign language). Nell and Annie gave me and Chuck the most gorgeous antique blue crystal wine glasses that I cherish and use today. Probably Nell's most favorite place in the world was Hawaii. Her love of sun and fun, music and dancing thrived there. She not only learned the hula, she lived the hula. She really understood the art form and told the most beautiful, graceful stories with her body. She passed this legacy to hundreds of students over the years and enchanted us all.
Nell would light up a party with laughter, music, and dancing. The Spettels loved to play instruments, laugh, and sing. I close my eyes now and see Jim and Chuck with their guitars, Nell with a uke and dancing , Annie on the piano. Nell was a fabulous dancer and could really "cut a rug" 40's style. She loved to re-live her youth and remember hundreds of friends and "cousins." I never knew anybody with so many " cousins." Nell was fun and funny. We miss you, Nell.

Tom Ware

March 16, 2018

I've always really appreciated and admired Aunt Nell's unflagging love of life, strength of spirit, contagious positivity, and devotion to family.

During our get-togethers with our Georgia Spettel kin over the decades, Aunt Nell never failed to liven up the reunions with her easy laugh, impressive hula skills, and zest for story-telling. Her innate love for socializing, in groups large and small, was unmistakable. For those traits and many more, she will be dearly missed by me and my Ware siblings.

Lyn Guest

March 16, 2018

With Deepest Sympathy from the staff at Beltone. Our staff have many fond memories of Mrs. Spettle's visits to our office, always so happy and full of fun and loved to tell stories. We have one of her paintings framed in our office which she came in with one day and set it up on the counter, she left it with me saying maybe one of our customers might recognize the house, she could not remember where she painted it. We have had many compliments on the painting. Nell will be missed and remembered with love by many.

Sally Andrews

March 15, 2018

I loved Nell's lively spirit. She was an inspiration to me as we spent time together when I was a teenager when she came to my parents home, Ben & Marilyn Purvis to swim. She was always delightful to talk with even in her later years. I will miss her.
May God bless you in this time of need.

Joyce Newman

March 13, 2018

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time.

Joyce Newman
Secretary @ Hallie Turner Private School


August 1923