Margaret Drew (Olson) Spalvins

December 18, 1943March 13, 2019

Margaret Drew Spalvins, age 75 of Knoxville, Tennessee, passed away on March 13, 2019 at The University of Tennessee Hospital. She was a member of Ebenezer United Methodist Church. Margaret had a masters degree in Speech Pathology and retired after 35 years with Knox County Schools. Her zest for life was contagious. She was an avid painter, reader and loved to travel and spend time with her family and friends. She is preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, K. Karl Spalvins. Margaret is survived by her children: Erik Spalvins and wife, Sarah nee, Hutchinson, Paul Spalvins and wife, Honey nee Ragland, Talis Spalvins and wife, Ruth nee, Hastutiningsih, James Aleksander Spalvins, Liza nee, Spalvins Briscoe and husband, Tom; Grandchildren: Sander Briscoe, age 20, Garrett Briscoe, age 17, Mara Briscoe, age 14, Karter Spalvins, age 8 and Ellis Spalvins, age 22 months. A Memorial Service will be held at Ebenezer United Methodist Church, 1001 Ebenezer Road, Knoxville, Tennessee 37923 on Friday, March 15, 2019 from 7:30pm-8:30pm. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Berry Funeral Home, 3704 Chapman Hwy, Knoxville, Tennessee 37920 from 5:00pm-7:00pm in the Chapel. The family requests that memorials be made in Margaret's honor to Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center, 1901 Clinch Ave. Knoxville, Tennessee 37916. Condolences may be offered at

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  • Memorial Service Friday, March 15, 2019
  • Visitation Saturday, March 16, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Service Saturday, March 16, 2019

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Mark Mugford

March 19, 2019

Drew and Karl will be missed. Both took interest in their community and gave good guidance. My Condolances to the family.

Mark Young

March 15, 2019

So sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

Amy DelRe

March 15, 2019

I was the flower girl in Peggy and Karl’s wedding. I have such fond memories of that day. Peggy was my cousin, but much closer than that. Our mother’s were like sisters-both being only children and that relationship continued up until Peggy’s mother CeCe passed away. Peggy had the kindest soul and best heart. She will be missed by so many. I know she is happy to be with Karl, her mother CeCe and Hal . I know it was a joyous reunion. She did so much for so many. We all loved her.

Donna Schmidt

March 15, 2019

My heart is broken my dear best friend "sister". Our friendship began 45 years ago. During that time we made many sweet wonderful memories that I will always cherish. My mother adopted you and your mother adoped me, yes we are sisters. Our favorite places will miss us because they always saw us together. Drew and Karl, our special friends R.I.P.

danyell schoene

March 15, 2019

We LOVED Drew! She was always smiling - even when she busted her head open - and she always had a fun thing to share. Her love for her family was her favorite thing to share. We had some fun times getting Karl in the pool and she was always so patient and sweet with him. Our thoughts go out to her family. Her art class will miss her, and the South Knoxville Senior Center will have an empty space without her on Fridays. James, come see us!!

Danyell and Janet
South Knox Senior Center