Marilyn Bowles Spencer

April 6, 1947December 22, 2018
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Marilyn Faye Bowles Spencer, 71, of Martinsville, passed away on December 22, 2018 at her home.

She was born on April 6, 1947 in Martinsville, the daughter of Walter and Fannie Bowles. She graduated from Bassett High School, and married her high school sweetheart, Bill Spencer, in 1967.

For thirty-two years, she worked for Tultex, starting her career as a secretary, and rising to become Customer Service Supervisor. When Tultex closed, she started a new job the next day as caregiver for her twin granddaughters, her best job ever, and she remained their biggest fan.

Marilyn was a lead coordinator at Grace Network of Martinsville and Henry volunteering countless hours to make the community a better place. She was an active member of Starling Avenue Baptist Church, where she served in many capacities.

Marilyn had the gift of hospitality, approaching everyone she met with a welcoming spirit. Her family was at the center of her life, but her wide circles of friends became another family, too, and were always welcomed with graciousness and open arms as well as a listening and compassionate ear. She made people feel at home in her presence.

She is survived by her husband, William H. (Bill) Spencer of Martinsville; daughter Amy Nicole Spencer Clemons; granddaughters Lauren Nicole Clemons and Morgan Paige Clemons; brother John Bowles (Susan); and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 27 from 6-8 at McKee. The funeral will be on Friday, December 28 at 11:00 at Starling Avenue Baptist Church with the Reverends Ashley and Brian Harrington officiating. Interment will be at Roselawn Burial Park.

The family asks that memorials be made to Starling Avenue Baptist Church or Grace Network of Martinsville and Henry County.

Arrangements are by McKee-Stone Funeral Home-Martinsville, VA To express condolences online, please visit


  • Walter Bowles, Father
  • Fannie Bowles, Mother
  • William H. (Bill) Spencer, Husband
  • Amy Nicole Spencer Clemons, Daughter
  • Lauren Nicole Clemons, Granddaughter
  • Morgan Paige Clemons, Granddaughter
  • John Bowles, Brother
  • Susan Bowles, Sister-in-law
  • Marilyn is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

  • Jeb Bowles, Active
  • Andrew Bowles, Active
  • Scott Spencer, Active
  • Reggie Bowles, Active
  • Chris Tunnell, Active
  • Chuck Tunnell, Active

  • Starling Avenue Baptist Church
  • Grace Network of Martinsville & Henry County


  • Visitaion Thursday, December 27, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, December 28, 2018
  • Interment Friday, December 28, 2018

Marilyn Bowles Spencer

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Nancy Frazier

December 27, 2018

Marilyn was a very special charming lady who had an infectious smile and one of the first things I noticed about her was her beautiful eyes would twinkle like stars as she smiled. Loved all the goodies she would bring to the office. Yours is a love story of the ages. Prayers of comfort for you, Amy and the twins in the coming days.


Delane Vick

December 27, 2018

Marilyn and I worked together for several years.
I remember a funny story she told me. She was a newly wed and apparently said something that Bill said she needed her mouth washed out with soap and he did! I asked what it tasted like. She grinned and said mint!
God bless her family as Marilyn is in the arms of Jesus being blessed moment to moment.

Delane Newman Vick

Jim Bryant

December 26, 2018


I am so sorry to hear of Marilyn's passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.


Jim Bryant

Christine Huffman

December 24, 2018

Marlyn has bee a friend of mine for over 40 years, I don’t ever remember her speaking ill of anyone. She was a beautiful and faithful Christian lady, I went to church with her for quite a few years. I am also a cancer survivor and we had a lot of meaning talks about the subject. She loved her family with all her heart and was so proud of them especially her two beautiful granddaughters. All of you guys will be in my prayers, Heaven definitely gained a very special angel when Marilyn went to her heavenly home

Carole Webb

December 23, 2018

We are so sorry for your loss. MARILYN fought the biggest battle of all and I can't say she lost. She made everyone around her a stronger person. She always had a smile for all those she met. May God give you peace and comfort. The Webbs, Carole, Lee, Kayla and Neelya.