OBITUARY

Rebecca Lauren McEntire Spence

September 4, 1974May 14, 2018
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COLUMBIA - Rebecca Lauren McEntire Spence passed away Monday, May 14, 2018, in Melbourne, FL, surrounded by her family. Lauren was born on September 4, 1974 in Columbia, SC. She grew up in the Ballentine area and graduated from Irmo High School in 1992. She was a member of Gamma Phi Beta and received her Bachelor of Science degree from Lander College in 2000. Lauren is survived by and was the wife of underwater archaeologist, Dr. E. Lee Spence, and daughter of John Thomas McEntire, Sr., and Loretta Monts McEntire. Lauren had three older brothers, John Thomas Jr. (Deana Lynch McEntire), Barney Joseph “Joe” (Karen Carr McEntire) and Jacob Martin “Jake.” She had five nieces, Lyles, Ellise, Bricee, Jessa, and Rylan, and three nephews, Trevor, Thomas and Hunter and numerous loving uncles, aunts, and cousins. Lauren loved being outdoors, animals, travel, and being with family. She will be remembered as a loving wife, daughter, sister, aunt, niece, cousin, and friend, always willing to share and show her kindness, patience, generosity, and forgiveness. Lauren traveled served as Sea Research Society's Expedition Photographer while documenting Dr. Spence's shipwreck discoveries around the Caribbean as well as North and Central America. When not on expeditions, Lauren operated her own pet care service, and was a substitute teacher and enjoyed helping and working with "special needs" students. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in her memory to Bethlehem Lutheran Church (Irmo, SC) or to any animal shelter organization. Visitation will be Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Dunbar Funeral Home, Irmo, SC. The funeral will be Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 10000 Broad River Road, Irmo, SC.

  • FAMILY

  • Lauren is survived by and was the wife of underwater archaeologist, Dr. E. Lee Spence, and daughter of John Thomas McEntire, Sr., and Loretta Monts McEntire. Lauren had three older brothers, John Thomas Jr. (Deana Lynch McEntire), Barney Joseph “Joe” (Karen Carr McEntire) and Jacob Martin “Jake.” She had five nieces, Lyles, Ellise, Bricee, Jessa, and Rylan, and three nephews, Trevor, Thomas and Hunter and numerous loving uncles, aunts, and cousins.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, May 19, 2018
  • Funeral Service Sunday, May 20, 2018
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Kimberly Belk

May 20, 2018

I had the pleasure of meeting Lauren, a younger Irmo sister, on several occasions. Lauren impressed me with her open, friendly personality and her diligence to overcome whatever obstacles came her way. It was obvious she adored you Lee and my heart goes out to you for your loss. I pray you find comfort knowing she is waiting for you in Heaven.

Patrick McCarthy

May 20, 2018

I had the pleasure of meeting Lauren at a mutual friend's wedding on Sullivans' Island a few years back.

I remember what a truly lovely, poised, young lady she was. Lee and I go way back to the early days of Sea Research Society.

My heartfelt condolences to Lee and Lauren's family and friends.

Bill Glenn

May 20, 2018

My sympathy to you Lee and Lauren's parents, siblings, and family...I wish I had known her.

JoAnne Wright

May 20, 2018

I only knew Lauren through parties at Mike Keye’s Lake home. We had such wonderful times there and Lauren was such a part of the wonderful spirit of friendship. Like so many others have said, from the first time I met her we were friends. Lauren’s love for her husband and family was so obvious. She was a shining example of a loving wife and daughter.

The news of Lauren’s death is heartbreaking. My heart grieves for all of her family and loved ones. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

JoAnne Wright

Remy Luttik

May 20, 2018

My condolences and sympathies to my friend Dr. E Lee Spence, family and friends of Lauren Spence with this tremendous loss. Dr. Lee lost his biggest treasure, she will be missed but not forgotten.

Michael Cox

May 19, 2018

A short friendship but a long memory of a truly beautiful person. You will be missed.

Amy Prill

May 19, 2018

I had the privilege of meeting Lauren when she started substituting at DFHS. She came in with this beauitful smile ready to help out. I remember taking walks with her and hanging out at the lake. She taught me a lot about nature. She truely loved life and her family to pieces! I pray The Lord gives this sweet family comfort and peace and to lean on The Lord's promises during hard times. He sees your every tear.

Dan & Betty Orr

May 19, 2018

Christy Trenholm-Schmall

May 19, 2018

I see all the wonderful things written here about Lauren, & anything I have to say seems inept. I truly regret I never had the privilege of meeting her, but I know if we had, we'd have become best friends for life. Like Lee, it seems she was just that kind of person, that once you met, it was like you had always known her. Know that her loss is keenly felt clear across the Country, and know also that an Angel just got her wings. Of this I have no doubt. Remember, Love never dies, it flies. Blessings & Condolences

Angie Kearse-Smith

May 19, 2018

Lauren was such a special person. I remember the first time we discovered that I knew her brother John from years back. She was so exhuberant and caught me up quickly on her family and I felt as though we had been friends a long time also. She had that way about her. She was just the most genuine person I have ever met. Her continence was always kind and gentle and she never had an unkind word for others. Her love of the water was a common thread and we both found solace in sunsets on the lake and sea. The picture is from a day she invited me to join she and her mom on a friend’s boat on the lake at sunset. It was so special. We will miss her sweet spirit here on earth but now she’s that special angel who I’m sure God is using to light up heaven a little more and I think she is taking care of the sweet animals which she loved so much in some way too.
I pray Lee,Loretta and all her family feel her presence and God’s peace during this difficult time.