Mary Sue Spencer

March 31, 1931December 18, 2018

Mary Sue Hass “Speedy” Spencer, age 87, of Hickory, NC, passed away on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at Carolina Caring in Sherrills Ford, NC. Born March 31, 1931 in Catawba County, she was the daughter of the late Grover A. Hass and Bertha Ella Rader Hass.

Mary Sue was a devoted servant of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She had been an active member of First Advent Christian Church in Hickory, NC, where she worked primarily with children’s programs and she had also attended Hickory Community Chapel, but was unable to attend church in recent years due to her declining health. She retired from Hickory City Schools where she had worked for 30 years in the College Park Jr. High School cafeteria, serving and loving every child with whom she came in contact.

Mary Sue served God and helped any animal or person in need, never wanting or accepting any recognition. Hickory Daily Record anonymously featured her in an article years ago about her feeding an abandoned stray dog. Mary Sue fed and rescued many animals over the years. She loved cats and birds and grew beautiful flowers. She was an amazing cook and baked hundreds of cakes as gifts to many people.

Her life was lived out as a great mother, grandmother, and friend to everybody she knew, especially her family. She now rests in the loving arms of Jesus.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James “J. C.” Spencer; brothers, Harry E. Hass and George Hass; sisters, Lois Cook and husband, Wilson, Fern Beard and husband, Murriel; in-laws, Ken and Peggy Spencer, Harold Crocker, and Shelba and Bob Marlowe.

Mary Sue is survived by her daughters, Rita Neill and husband Ed of Hickory, NC, and Connie Spurlock and husband Clark of Hickory, NC; sister, Alice Hass Pope of Asheboro, NC; grandchildren, Clay Neill and wife Donna of Hickory, NC, Leigh Ross and husband, Drew of Winter Garden, FL, Christie Lupo and husband, David of Greensboro, NC, Mary “Lassie” Wilson and husband, Chuck of Bellbrook, OH, and Laura Haga and husband, Austin of High Point, NC; great-grandchildren, Mary Grace Neill, Spencer Neill, Neilly Ross, and Charlie Ross; sister-in-law, Ann Hass of Newton, Virginia Crocker of Wilmington, NC, and Jeanette Baxter and husband, Martin of Williamsburg, VA; brother-in-law, Charles H. Spencer and wife, Ilze of Fort Mill, SC; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A private memorial service for Mary Sue’s family will be held after Christmas.

Inurnment will be held at a later date in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens in Hickory, NC.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Humane Society of Catawba County, PO Box 63, Hickory, NC 28603, or to Best Friends Animal Society, 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, UT, 84741-5000, or to David Jeremiah, Turning Point, PO Box 3838, San Diego, CA, 92163.

Condolences may be sent to the Spencer family at

The Spencer family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home in Hickory, NC.


Mary Sue Spencer

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lucy mccall

December 27, 2018

I will never forget Mary and the dog on 127 she tried to rescue for a year or more. I was going to dinner one Saturday evening and there on 127 was a dog that appeared to be waiting for his master to return so all thru my dinner I could not get the dog out of my mind so I stopped and soon realized this dog lived in this field.there was a path very clear to an area where there was a dog house and water and food dish so I continued to visit and on the 3rd day there was Mary who had brought him McDonald'..s ham biscuits we talked and she told me all the things she had done to rescue this animal had a vet to come and try to tranquilize him didn't work had a rodeo guy come and try to rope him didn't work had animal control come didn't work so I said let me try something and I brought the office dog from Hospitality House and as soon as I got her out of the car it got the dog who Mary named him Luke's attention and Chloe and myself walked Luke home to Mary house and into a fenced area that had a duplex dog has just for him. I don't think that Mary was ever able to touch Luke but without a doubt that dog Loved her and that was ok with Mary she still made trips to McDonald's for Luke she gave him a safe haven for the rest of his life. Mary Spencer a life well lived .

Lysa Deaton-Smith

December 27, 2018

Mrs. Spencer was one of the first clients I met when I came to Hickory 14 years ago at Viewmont Animal Hospital. She was the sweetest, kindest lady that loved her cats. It was always such a pleasure to see her. We all would stick our heads in to speak to her, because she was such a pleasure. The last several years we’ve missed seeing her monthly, but would always ask her daughters, Connie or Rita how she was getting along. She will be missed by everyone. My condolences for the loss of your mother.