Wilder Funeral Home


Shirley Ann Spooner

November 19, 1933February 16, 2021

Shirley Ann (Reifiess) Spooner passed away peacefully on February 16, 2021 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. She was born in Detroit, Michigan on November 19, 1933 to Mildred Bilson and Douglas Gurney. After her parents divorced, she moved to Florida with her mother and her stepfather, Louis Alex “Al” Reifiess who later adopted her and gave her his name. On January 5, 1953, Shirley married Lavern Jackson Spooner in Brevard County, FL. Shirley will be remembered as a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother who spent her entire life taking care of others. She was a strong and steady woman with an entrepreneurial spirit. She was a long time resident of Branford, Florida and started and ran several successful businesses there including her late husband’s chiropractor clinic. She also started a rental business for divers, a hair salon, and later a flower shop. Shirley loved spending time with her family and was known for her home cooking, gracious hospitality, and incredible work ethic. She spent summers teaching her grandchildren the value of hardwork and having fun, holidays bringing the entire family together for poker nights and bonfires, and in her later years helped care for her grandchildren and those who needed a mother’s nurturing. She was lovingly nicknamed ‘Maude’ by her family and friends for her enduring strength and firm belief that women were a fundamental part of the success of all families. She was a beautiful woman, inside and out, who held herself to a high standard and demonstrated that through her love and caring spirit. She is survived by her children, Linda Zack, Deborah Snell, Donald Spooner, and Kenneth Spooner as well as 11 grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren. To honor Shirley’s memory, the family asks that in lieu of flowers a donation be made to the Sugarmill Manor at 8985 S. Suncoast Blvd, Homosassa, FL 34446 where Shirley was loved and taken care of for the last years of her life. Wilder Funeral Home, Homosassa, FL.


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Kathy Spooner Halsell

February 20, 2021

Rest in Peace, Dearest Aunt Shirley. I will always remember your beautiful smile, voice, and sweet laugh. You did an amazing job raising your children and always maintained an unimaginable level of class, style, and beauty. 💕💕💕


Theresa Christman

February 19, 2021

Sorry to hear about Aunt Shirley she was a good woman and one of my favorite Aunts. My heart goes out to everyone.

Lara Wilson

February 17, 2021

Where do I start? I have so many memories of my Grandma. Summers with her taught me many important things. Work ethic, if you worked and worked hard, you could earn a few dollars. But you couldn't just buy anything, nope, Grandma took us all, and when I say "all" that means five cousins and Grandma driving to the outlet mall in Valdosta GA. We had to purchase what we needed for the new school year. Respect was earned and not given. And the boys did the outside work, JJ, Chris, and Jason. And the girls cleaned inside, Lara and Shelly. For Shelly and I this meant, floors, polish silver, china. But we were all rewarded greatly. Time at the Springs, Wild Waters in Ocala, bonfires, a bond that could never break between five cousins. If we were sick, Grandma was there. If you wanted a meal, she made it for you. She shared recipes, how to cook, what clothes look best and colors as well. Oh and Grandma loved skincare and any type of cream that made you youthful. I used to watch her wash her face and do her night cream just before bed. She was beautiful, and always looked her best, classy!
Christmas was another special time we all shared. I will miss her greatly! All the car rides, and talks. All the advice given over countless cups of coffee and cookies.
Grandma, I love you. Until we see each other again.

Amy Spooner

February 17, 2021

Shirley, you welcomed me into your family with open arms. You moved to New York with Don, the girls and I and we became so close. We shared stories, secrets, laughs, tears and so many joyous times. On our shopping trips, I would be exhausted and you could go all day!😁. You were an amazing, strong woman who was a role model for so many and will be missed by all who knew you. I love you Shirley. You will always be in my heart.❤️ I’m glad you are there to keep an eye on Vern, Richard and Jay. It’s comforting to know that you are all together.❤️💕

Shelly Stoddard

February 17, 2021

Grandma Spooner was a pillar of strength in our family. She taught all of us how to work hard and love with abandon. The memories I have of her as a woman and times I spent with her are innumerable. From ice cream cones at the Branford S and S gas station after school when I was a 4th grader to her famous macaroni and cheese to being the florist for my wedding to learning how to make a bed the right way- her lessons and teachings and love will be with me always and will be passed on to my kids. I’ll miss you grandma! I love you.

Linda Zack

February 17, 2021

To my dear mom. You are at peace now and with dad and Richard. We love and miss you and cherish all of our memories that we shared together. We will always love you and you will always be a part of our lives.


Bill and Linda