Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home

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Doris L. Spearbeck

March 5, 1930February 17, 2020

Doris L. Spearbeck (March 5, 1930 - February 17, 2020) Passed away surrounded by family after a brief illness in Syracuse, NY.

She is survived by her sister, Barbara Tyler, Walton, NY; her children: Barbara (Paul) Iaconis; Rebecca (Michael) Stanton; and Richard (Cornelipa Jones) Spearbeck, Jr. Her grandchildren: Christine Iaconis, Katrina (Mark) Swan; Jennifer Iaconis; Andrew (Kimberly) Stanton; Caroline (Kevin) Pope and Elizabeth Stanton. Her great-grandchildren: David and Nathaniel Stanton; Vivianna Nguyen; Lucas and Camden Pope; Raymond, Claira and Anna Swan. A nephew, Joseph (Barbara)Tyler; Mary (Jim) Tyler-Wall. Several Great-nieces and nephews.

Doris is predeceased by her husband, Richard Lee Spearbeck (1979); Her parents, Merritt and Katherine Loudon, Her step-mother, Mary Loudon; and her sister Lois Loudon.

She was born and raised on The Loudon Farm in Walton, NY, . As a child she enjoyed skating and tending to the baby piglets. She graduated from Walton High School and Wilson School of Nursing in Johnson City, NY, where her roommate introduced her to the love of her life. She worked as a Registered Nurse at SUNY Oneonta Health and Wellness Center from 1968-1998. Starting part-time and through her dedication and true concern of the students put into her care she rose to Supervisor of the department, making lifetime friends along the way.

Doris was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church (Red Door) from 1968-2020, she served as an Elder and Clerk of Session; President and Treasurer of the Wormen’s Association; and a co-ordinator for the Lord’s Supper. All of which helped to fulfill her passion to serve others. Doris also was a past Matron of The Oneonta Chapter of Eastern Star. She gained her love for camping after becoming a Girl Scout leader for Brownies and Juniors.

Doris was an avid game player, she enjoyed playing Bridge, Pinochle and Canasta; doing crossword puzzles with her sister; camping and vacationing in Maine. She enjoyed entertaining, volunteering in her community and watching Syracuse Basketball. Doris had many passions, but none as prominent as her family and baking for them, especially her Christmastime sweets, Red Velvet Cake, Peanut Butter Balls and her Scotch Shortbread Cookies, inspiring her grandchildren to learn to bake.

A celebration of Doris’ life will be held at the First United Presbyterian Church (Red Door), 2 Walling Avenue, Oneonta, NY on Friday, February 21 at 12:00 Noon.

Contributions may be made to the Lord’s Table c/o St. James Church, 305 Main Street, Oneonta, NY 13820; Village of Fayetteville EMS, 425 E. Genesee Street, Fayetteville, NY 13066; or the First United Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund, 2 Walling Ave, Oneonta, NY 13820.

To offer condolences to the family, please visit: www.grummonsfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.


  • Celebration of Life Friday, February 21, 2020


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Kevin McCarthy

February 21, 2020

My sincere condolences to the Spearbeck family. She was such a kind soul and wonderful person. My heart goes out to all of you and know that she will always be remembered by me.

Jacqueline Fong

February 21, 2020

I do not have enough words to describe my memories of Mr. and Mrs. Spearbeck. Mr. will always be that, though I did get to point of calling Mrs. Doris after I arrived at adulthood!! As one of Becky’s besties, they made my early years so special. Eating at Center St. was always something I looked forward to...especially Doris’s crepes! Mr. and Mrs. taught me several card games, but pinochle was a definite fave. They were never too tired to play with us. The shopping trips, and the seemingly every weekend sleepovers were the norm, not to mention onion dip and hot fudge sundaes. Doris was one of the funniest, most caring people I ever met, and she was frankly the best. RIP dear Doris with your loving husband and your Lord and Savior. We will meet again in time. All my love. Jackie

Thomas Gergel

February 20, 2020

Doris and Richard were one of the first and memorable couples we met when we became members of the Red Door Church back in 1970. Though Richard passed away much too early in the Sperbeck's family life, Doris soldiered on raising you, Rich and Becky, to become the fine adults we still remember despite the many years that have passed since we last saw one another to share the many warm memories of those early years. Doris is remembered as one of the most sociable, the most caring and thoughtful persons we've known. We're sure the passing years did nothing to change her in this regard. Pauline and I send our deepest sympathies to you, Rich and Becky. She was a wonderful lady and, as we also knew, her to be , such a wonderful mother to you both, too. Rest in peace, Doris.

Wendy Fisher

February 20, 2020

Our condolences to you all on the passing of Doris. She was a good friend of my Mom's (Helen Burgess Fisher) when they were in nursing school. I pray that all the wonderful memories sustain you and bring you joy.

Helen and Wendy Fisher