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H.M. Patterson & Son-Canton Hill Chapel

1157 Old Canton Road Ne, Marietta, GA

OBITUARY

Linda Kelterborn Spencer

September 8, 1949January 2, 2020

Linda Kelterborn Spencer, died quietly after a long illness. Truly, we are blessed to have had the privilege of knowing “Lin”. Lin was born in Jamaica, NY to Marian Gettler Kelterborn ad August Carl Kelterborn on September 8, 1949. An alumnus of The Garden City Public School System and Lasell College in Newton, MA. Her first job was teaching at the Cathedral Nursery School in Garden City. She loved those children and continued to recollect stories about particular students for years to come. In her 30’s, Lin went back to college and earned her R.N. from the State of New York Licensing Bureau. She utilized both of her educations to secure a position within Syntex Corporation (now Roche) selling Pharmaceuticals. Shortly thereafter, she met and married Daniel Raymond Johnson. Both Dan and Lin moved to Marietta, GA in 1992. They loved their life in the South. Unfortunately, Dan died of a rare bone marrow disease when both partners were still in their 40’s. Lin always said she was the luckiest person alive to have met both Dan and her current husband, Lee R. Spencer, Jr. She couldn’t believe God had blessed her twice in her lifetime with two very special and loving husbands. The two aspects of her life that Lin loved most was of course her family, and the many friends she both made and maintained over the years. Some of these friendships went back to the time she was in grammar school. Playing on several ALTA and USTA tennis teams was one of the highlights of her life. As usual, Lin made numerous friends throughout that activity. She also delivered “Meals on Wheels” to those less fortunate. Lin was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She has been cherished as a woman of undeniable strength, compassion, kindness and generosity. Through triumph and hardship, Lin always was saying, “look on the bright side.” She could find humor in just about every situation…good or bad. Lin is survived by her adoring husband, Lee; her children, Jared Milbury, Melissa & John David Thicke, and Paul Spencer. She is the grandmother of Julia, Hope, Madison, Bryce, Spencer and Knox. She is also survived by her brother, Bob & Teri Kelterborn; her niece, Kelly Kelterborn; and, her nephew, Kevin Kelterborn. A service of celebration will take place in the Chapel at Trinity Presbyterian Church on Howell Mill Road, in Buckhead. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. H.M. Patterson & Son – Canton Hill Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Monday, January 13, 2020

Memories

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Bryan Gettler

January 7, 2020

Linda and I were as close as two kids could be as younger cousins. She was my favorite by far and was always fun to be with and the two of us had amazing adventurers.
Each time our families got together, we would be get into trouble of course but Lin always wanted to know more about everyone I knew and all the things I did.
We didn't see much of each other after High School, but I will always remember her as a real Tomboy who was far and away the best cousin ever. I probably have laughed with no one more than Linda.... she had a heart of gold.
My regret is that we didn't spend more of our later years together. She would have continued to be a positive and loving influence on my life as she has on all the other lives she has touched.
I love and will miss her.

Darla McKenzie

January 5, 2020

BG Ladies Tennis Team - circa 1995. Lin is at the upper left of this photo.

Darla McKenzie

January 5, 2020

Lin and I played on BG tennis teams together for many years. I have such fond memories of so many good times with her. Lin always added humor and fun to any event. I am so sorry to hear of her passing. My condolences to Jared and Lee and the rest of her family.

Norma C Cole

January 4, 2020

As a neighbor and a friend you will be missed Lin. I will treasure the memories and shared laughter always.

Nancy Gargiulo

January 4, 2020

My heart broke when i heard of Linda’s sudden passing. I have such fond and loving memories growing up with my cousin Linda in Garden City. Happy family gatherings and always being happy together. Linda was a warm and family oriented sweet person. I’m so forever grateful for the way she always extended herself to my Mom. She would send such lovely cards on special occasions or give her a call to chat about old times and be in the phone for an hour. Such a beautiful person inside and out. Linda will truly be missed by our family and her memories of happy and good times will live in our hearts forever. My heart goes out to Lee, Jared, her beautiful grandchildren and all her family and friends. Rest In Peace Linda. You are remembered and loved forever.

Danielle Mullins

January 3, 2020

I remember the last I saw Lin was at my Grandma Doris’ house. This is where I first met her husband Lee too. I’ve met Lin before this event but too young to remember much. It was such a wonderful visit, bringing all of the family from nearby to come and gather. I remember thinking Lin and Lee are so great together, a perfect pair. I’m so thankful for the visit to get to know such wonderful people in the family. Lin, you have touched so many lives and a big part of our family. You will forever be missed.

Melissa Thieke

January 3, 2020

Lin was a kind person and a wonderful “Nanny” to our 2 children. She loved having family together and watching the grandchildren play. She had a great sense of humor and we always shared many laughs when we got together. Even though I was her stepdaughter, she always treated me and my family as one of her own, which I will treasure forever. My thoughts and prayers are with her son, Jared Milbury, Lin’s family, friends, and my dad during this very difficult time. Lin is now a guardian angel watching over all of us.

Pam Whitaker

January 3, 2020

Linnie was a special and bright light in my life. We met in Jr. High and stayed close throughout high school. We often double dated and spent many weekends in the summers together on Shelter Island where my family had a cottage. Years later, she brought Jared with her on a visit and our boys played together. I visited with her at her home in Beaufort, SC and she and Lee came to visit my husband and I when we moved to northern SC. We talked frequently on the phone and shared our troubles and our triumphs. I loved her dearly and will miss her terribly.

Melissa Thieke

January 3, 2020

Lin was a kind person and a wonderful “Nanny” to our 2 children. She loved having family together and watching the grandchildren play. She had a great sense of humor and we always shared many laughs when we got together. Even though I was her stepdaughter, she always treated me and my family as one of her own, which I will treasure forever. My thoughts and prayers are with her son, Jared Milbury, Lin’s family, friends, and my dad during this very difficult time. Lin is now a guardian angel watching over all of us.

Lee Spencer

January 3, 2020

Lin was my very best friend. I miss her so much .

FROM THE FAMILY