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Crosman Funeral Home

40 Main Street, Lisbon Falls, ME

OBITUARY

MARION SPEAR

May 9, 1917May 29, 2019

Marion W. Spear of Bowdoin, passed away on May 29, 2019, at the age of 102 with her loving daughter Kathy and son-in-law John Lacey by her side. She was born May 9, 1917 in West Newton, Massachusetts to the late Frederick P. and Ethel (Hyde) Welsch. She is also survived by her sons Robert (Elizabeth), Stephen (Rochelle), grandsons Stephen, David (Erica), Alexander, Gregory and William and great grand children Dylan and Sydney. She was predeceased by her husband Dr. William Spear, sister Irma Dana and brother Melvin Welsch. Marion graduated from Marblehead (MA) High School in 1934 and Bates College in 1938, where she was involved in many activities. She met the love of her life at Bates and she and Bill Spear married in 1941. She attended Massachusetts Memorial School of Nursing and became a nursing instructor at Central Maine General Hospital (now CMMC) in Lewiston. During the Second World War, Marion was a nurse for veterans who were blinded in combat. After the war, she and Bill moved their young family to Lisbon Falls, where Marion remained active in the community as a first aid instructor for the Civil Defense and as a Girl Scout leader. She served on the Lisbon School Board and on the Board of Directors of the Androscogin County tuberculosis Association and many other local civic organizations. She was a member of the Pioneer Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, the Burnt Meadow Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Cooperative Extension of Androscogin and Sagadahoc Counties. Upon Billl’s retirement from medical practice they made their home in West Bowdoin, where they both enjoyed their love of the outdoors. Marion enjoyed hiking the woods and fields of her country home with her beloved dogs by her side. She loved gardening and every summer kept a garden overflowing with flowers and vegetables. Marion enjoyed so many different things but at the top of her list was spending time with her grandchildren. She was active as an alumna of Bates College, serving as president of the Bates Key Club and secretary of the class of 1938, which allowed her to keep in touch with many of her classmates. Marion was an avid reader and always had several books on her table. She was a life long member of the Lisbon Falls Library. Many thanks to all the librarians who assisted her through the years. Marion will be remembered by her family and friends for her happy, generous, and giving nature. Her door was always open and friends and neighbors were welcome at any time to stop by for coffee and conversation.The family would like to thank the staff of Beacon Hospice for their thoughtful help. Those who so desire may make donations in memory of Marion to the Lisbon Falls Community Library, 28 Main Street, Lisbon Falls, ME, 04252. In accordance with Marion’s wishes, there will be no services.

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Memories

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bob spear

June 10, 2019

Marion loved gardening and kept a meticulously maintained garden filled with flowers and vegetables for years after Bill died until she was no longer physically able to. Here she gives gardening tips to her grandson Gregory in 1992

Gregory Spear

June 6, 2019

Maine to me is synonymous with Marion - or Grammy, as she was known to me and all her other grandchildren.

I didn’t see her as often as my friends saw their grandmothers, but boy did the time in Maine make up for it. As a kid, her house is where I spent my happiest Christmas mornings, my laziest summer afternoons, and my most cherished childhood memories.

At the center of it all, there was Grammy: astride her blue tractor hauling firewood; hurtling down a snow-covered hill on a metal sled; Slow-dancing a waltz with Dulcie, the dog balanced unsteadily on her hind legs, as tall as she was.

Even as her body became less active, her mind remained sharp. Recently, she commented to me, knowingly, “all the men are wearing beards these days”. How she knew that I’m not sure, but she was not wrong.

It’s hard for me to comprehend how many people’s lives my grandmother could have touched in her 102 years. A few years ago I met a women at an event in Washington D.C. who grew up in Lisbon Falls. “Your grandmother is Marion Spear?” she said. “When I was a girl my sister and I used to cut flowers for her in the summer. Tell her I say hello, though she probably won’t remember me.” She did.

Time feels very strange in the wake of loss. But I know I am fortunate to have had thirty years of fond memories with such a special person. I love you, Grammy.

Bob Speaar

June 6, 2019

Later in life after Bill died, Marion took up painting. She loved flowers, birds and outdoor scenes so those became her subjects. At one time, her bedroom was filled with paints, brushes, easels and stacks of frames and paintings.

Bob Spear

June 5, 2019

Marion loved dogs. Anyone who ever visited her always knew they would be greeted by a dog. From Newfoundlands to Cocker Spaniels to German Shorthaired Pointers to Bassetts, Marion loved each and every one. In later years, in the cold winters of rural Maine, it was not unusual for Marion to fall asleep in her favorite recliner in front of the wood stove with her German Shorthaired Pointer in her lap. In this picture she holds her lap companion, Dulcie, a German Shorthaired Pointer.

Bob Spear

June 4, 2019

Marion loved the outdoors and one of her special joys was her daily walk with her dogs around the fields of her beloved Jack Byrnes Hill home.

Marcia Sichol

June 3, 2019

What a wonderful woman Marion was! I was just a child growing up in Lisbon Falls when I knew her. When my father died, she rushed to our house across Main Street and took my sister and me into her home until my mother came back from the hospital where she was being treated by Dr. Spear. My family will be forever grateful to her and to her husband and the children for their friendship and love. I know that God has welcomed her into the joy of heaven united with all her loved ones--and mine!!!! With love and prayer, Marcia Sichol

Betty Spear

June 3, 2019

I have been very fortunate to have had Marion in my life as my mother-in-law for more years than I had my own mother. She was intensely respectful that she was not my biological mother, yet she always treated me like her own daughter, and for that I will be forever grateful. Through her example, I have learned lessons of independence, strength, unconditional love, and acceptance, as well as many of her New England sensibilities; that there is a difference between a crisis and a burnt potato and that house guests, not unlike fish, start to smell after a few days.

For over three decades, our family visits were filled with laughter, traditions, and hundreds, if not thousands, of chocolate chip cookies. Every summer we would venture to Bailey Island for lunch at Cook’s Lobster House, commemorating our visits with a photo at the Land’s End fisherman statue overlooking the water. As the years passed by, afternoon milk and homemade cookies changed to beer, wine and cheese, but advancing age did not diminish Marion’s interest in each of our lives. Our “how are you?” was met with “good, but I’m slowing down” and the conversation quickly turned to “tell me what you’ve been up to.” Our family has been blessed to share so many years with Marion and we take with us a lifetime of memories and lessons to sustain us as we continue our lives without her. Dearest mother-in-law... “Mom...,” you are loved and missed beyond measure.

Bob Spear

June 3, 2019

Marion loved her nieces and nephews, great nephews and nieces and great great nephews and nieces and they loved her. Over the years, they visited her many times, enjoying a drink and a conversation.

Kathy Lacey

June 2, 2019

Kathy Lacey

June 2, 2019

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Mom & Ginny T.

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Birthday at 100 years

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Birthday at 100 years

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Family Gathering for Marion's 95th Birthday

Biography

Marion W. Spear of Bowdoin, passed away on May 29, 2019, at the age of 102 with her
loving daughter Kathy and son-in-law John Lacey by her side. She was born May 9,
1917 in West Newton, Massachusetts to the late Frederick P. and Ethel (Hyde) Welsch.
She is also survived by her sons Robert (Elizabeth), Stephen (Rochelle), grandsons
Stephen, David (Erica), Alexander, Gregory and William and great grand children Dylan
and Sydney. She was predeceased by her husband Dr. William Spear, sister Irma Dana
and brother Melvin Welsch.
Marion graduated from Marblehead (MA) High School in 1934 and Bates College in
1938, where she was involved in many activities. She met the love of her life at Bates
and she and Bill Spear married in 1941. She attended Massachusetts Memorial
School of Nursing and became a nursing instructor at Central Maine General Hospital
(now CMMC) in Lewiston.
During the Second World War, Marion was a nurse for veterans who were blinded in
combat. After the war, she and Bill moved their young family to Lisbon Falls, where
Marion remained active in the community as a first aid instructor for the Civil Defense
and as a Girl Scout leader. She served on the Lisbon School Board and on the Board
of Directors of the Androscogin County tuberculosis Association and many other local
civic organizations. She was a member of the Pioneer Chapter of the Order of the
Eastern Star, the Burnt Meadow Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution,
and the Cooperative Extension of Androscogin and Sagadahoc Counties.
Upon Billl’s retirement from medical practice they made their home in West Bowdoin,
where they both enjoyed their love of the outdoors. Marion enjoyed hiking the woods
and fields of her country home with her beloved dogs by her side. She loved
gardening and every summer kept a garden overflowing with flowers and vegetables.
Marion enjoyed so many different things but at the top of her list was spending time
with her grandchildren. She was active as an alumna of Bates College, serving as
president of the Bates Key Club and secretary of the class of 1938, which allowed her
to keep in touch with many of her classmates.
Marion was an avid reader and always had several books on her table. She was a life
long member of the Lisbon Falls Library. Many thanks to all the librarians who assisted
her through the years.
Marion will be remembered by her family and friends for her happy, generous, and
giving nature. Her door was always open and friends and neighbors were welcome at
any time to stop by for coffee and conversation.The family would like to thank the staff
of Beacon Hospice for their thoughtful help.
Those who so desire may make donations in memory of Marion to the Lisbon Falls
Community Library, 28 Main Street, Lisbon Falls, ME, 04252. In accordance with
Marion’s wishes, there will be no services.