Monte Vista Funeral Home & Memorial Park

1900 E. Oakland Ave, Johnson City, TN


Betty Jean Campbell Spencer

May 22, 1933July 19, 2020

Betty Jean Campbell Spencer, age 87, of Johnson City, passed away Sunday, July 19, 2020, at her home after a long illness.

Mrs. Spencer was a native of Johnson City and the daughter of the late Oscar Allen Campbell and Gertrude Abel Campbell. Betty was also preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Robert L. “Bob” Spencer. Mrs. Spencer received a degree in education from East Tennessee State University and taught in the Johnson City School District. Betty was a lifelong member of First Christian Church, Johnson City, where she and her husband, Bob, were members of the Win-A-Kuple Sunday School Class. She was a dedicated mother and homemaker who loved celebrating holidays—especially Christmas and Easter—and creating special occasions for her family. As an avid gardener and talented artist, Betty grew beautiful flowers and painted watercolors of flowers and landscapes. She loved to play tennis and bridge. Blessed with many friends, she greatly enjoyed entertaining—hosting dinners and social occasions at her home. Betty was a member of Johnson City’s Woman’s Club and Garden Club and gave of herself and of her time—to her family, friends, church and community.

She is survived by her three children: Robert Steven Spencer of Johnson City, Jeffrey Alan Spencer of Gulf Breeze, FL; Susan Spencer Gallacher and husband David of Dallas, TX; two grandsons, William C. Spencer and Mitchell R. Spencer, both of Gulf Breeze, FL.

The family expresses special appreciation to Betty’s caregivers, Nancy Gamage, April Catherman, Michelle Berry, and Judi Reece, and to Amedisys Home Health and Hospice Services and Chaplain Steven Spell for the tender, thoughtful care they provided to Betty.

A private graveside service for Mrs. Spencer will be conducted in Section I at Monte Vista Memorial Park with Chaplain Steven Spell officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Southern Appalachian Ronald McDonald House, 418 N. State of Franklin Rd. Johnson City, TN, 37604, First Christian Church, Johnson City, TN, or the charity of your choice.

Arrangements especially for Mrs. Betty Jean Campbell Spencer and her family have been made through Monte Vista Funeral Home & Memorial Park, 1900 E. Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, TN; 423-282-2631.


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Peggy Faucette Altman

July 27, 2020

I so enjoyed the time I spent with Betty at the family reunions over the years. She and I both loved flower gardening and even shared some plants in the past. Since I moved to SC, in 1976, we did not see each other many times through the years; but she was always so kind, loving, and friendly each time our paths met. She definitely was a special lady and truly will be missed. I loved her.

Please accept Ken’s and my sincerest sympathy. Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

With sympathy,
Peggy and Ken Altman
Little Mountain, SC 29075

Jill Simerly

July 23, 2020

Betty's loving family and long-time companion, Nancy allowed her to remain in her home. May she be at rest now. I'm am glad to have met her for only a brief time.

Susan Katko

July 23, 2020

I send my sympathies to the family. I was honored to be a part of Ms Betty's life for a year when i worked as her Life Enrichment Coordinator at CourtYards of JC. She was so much fun to spend time with! Together we enjoyed taking walks outside . She was a great conversationalist and we laughed a lot. I am thankful the Lord allowed our paths to cross if only for a short time. May He comfort you in your loss. Susan Katko

Pam King

July 23, 2020

I want to extend my deepest sympathy for your loss. My mother (Haven) and I always enjoyed visiting , having meals, and attending entertainment sessions together with Betty. I always think of her as a classy lady and she had a fun sense of humor. She was such a pleasure to know.
May the family find comfort in how well you took care of Betty. Thoughts and prayers are extended to you all at this time.
Pam King

Cindy Whitson

July 23, 2020

I’m so sorry for the loss of your mother. She was always so sweet and kind to mom. One of mom’s favorite pictures was of them together on a carnival ride many years ago. Much love to the family!

Patty Lloyd

July 22, 2020

So sorry for your loss. Your family is in our prayers.
Patty Anderson Lloyd

Cindy Burton

July 22, 2020

Steve & family,

So very sorry to hear word of your mother's passing. I pray you will feel comfort in the days and weeks ahead, knowing you took such loving care of her when she needed it most.

Most sincerely,
Cindy Burton

Linda Morgan

July 22, 2020

Steve and family,
So very sorry about your Mother.
With deepest sympathy.
Linda Morgan

Velma Murphy

July 21, 2020

Sorry for the loss of your Mother. I have fond memories of you and your Mom at North Side Elementary School.❤️

Donald Mushayamunda

July 21, 2020

I got to know Ms Betty for the past 7 years as Pastoral Care Minister from First Christian Church Johnson City. We had countless visits, meditations on scriptures and prayers during her journey from JCMC, CHRISTIAN Care, The Courtyard and when she went home. She was in many ways very thoughtful and gracious. I met Jeffrey twice at the Med Center. Susan I also met twice at Christian Care Center; and Steve I met twice at the house.

My thoughts and those of many at First Christian go with you all. We will all miss a very special and faithful friend in your mum. We believe God has allowed her to enter His rest, and MHSRIP🙌🏾


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