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Kriegshauser Mortuary-West Chapel

9450 Olive Blvd, St. Louis, MO

OBITUARY

Lorene Spain

September 12, 1925January 1, 2020
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Lorene (nee Ferren) Spain, 94, on Wednesday, January 1, 2020. Beloved wife of the late Vernon Spain; loving mother of Phillip (Phyllis) Spain, Linda Frintz, and the late Larry Spain; dear grandmother of Wendy (Richard) Shores, Shawn Spain, Tamara Spain, Christopher Spain, Dena (Eric) Flores, and Joe Bolima; dear sister of Doris Carpenter, Beulah Zigler, and Sandy Locke.

SERVICES: Visitation 2pm until time of service at 6pm on Sunday, January 5, 2020 at Kriegshauser Mortuary West Chapel 9450 Olive Blvd., Olivette. Interment on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 in Epsaba Cemetery in Paragould, AR.

  • FAMILY

  • Samuel Ferren, Father (deceased)
  • Bertha Mae McNew (nee Knopp) Ferren, Mother (deceased)
  • Vernon Spain, Husband (deceased)
  • Phillip (Phyllis) Spain, Son
  • Wendy (Richard) Shores, Granddaughter
  • Shawn Spain, Grandson
  • Larry Spain, Son (deceased)
  • Tamara Spain, Granddaughter
  • Christopher Spain, Grandson
  • Dena (Eric) Flores, Step Granddaughter
  • Joe Bolima, Step Grandson
  • Linda Frintz, Daughter
  • Doris Carpenter, Half Sister
  • Beulah Zigler, Half Sister
  • Sandy Locke, Half Sister

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, January 5, 2020
  • Celebration of Life Sunday, January 5, 2020

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Biography

Lorene (nee Ferren) Spain, 94, on Wednesday, January 1, 2020. Beloved wife of the late Vernon Spain; loving mother of Phillip (Phyllis) Spain, Linda Frintz, and the late Larry Spain; dear grandmother of Wendy (Richard) Shores, Shawn Spain, Tamara Spain, Christopher Spain, Dena (Eric) Flores, and Joe Bolima; dear sister of Doris Carpenter, Beulah Zigler, and Sandy Locke.

Lorene Ferren Spain was born on September 12, 1925, in Searcy, Arkansas, to Samuel and Bertha Mae Ferren. She was the second of five children and grew up in the Arkansas countryside. Both as a child and in her adult years, Lorene always like people and made friends easily.

When she was in the eleventh grade, she kept hearing about one fellow who was telling everyone that he was going to marry her someday. She had never even met this guy who was named, “Vernon.” Finally they did meet and it was on their first date that they decided to be married. Since she was all of 16, they had to drive into Missouri to get married without her parents’ permission. The date was July 2, 1941.

It wasn’t very long before their first child, Phillip, was born, followed by Larry and later, Linda. They had a vegetable garden when they were still in the country, and tomato gardens in the years following. But they moved around a lot in those early years, going wherever there was work for Vernon, who was handy and could do just about anything he put his mind to.

They were a traditional couple, with Vernon as the head of the household and Lorene in charge of day-to-day life at home where she took care of the children, the cleaning, and cooking their meals from scratch. They worked hard and made sure that their family had everything they needed. Of course, the kids knew that if they were ever in trouble, Lorene was the “go to” person, rather than their father. Her punishments were much easier to handle!

The Spain family lived in Poplar Bluff for a while, but there came a time when Vernon traveled from there to St. Louis to find work. Phillip recalls that his mother was nervous whenever Vernon was out of town. She would have Phillip stay up with her at night until the TV programming went off the air. Finally, they moved to St. Louis and settled here.

It was after arriving in St. Louis that Lorene began working outside of the home. Over the years she held jobs at a variety of places, including Walgreens, J.C. Penny, McDonald’s, and American National Insurance. Whether at home or on the job, Lorene worked hard and gave her best to the task at hand. She knew how to get along with people and had a lot of integrity, which she modeled for her children.

To relax, she crocheted afghans and doilies. For fun, she and Vernon enjoyed country music, as well as dancing together at the New Lindy Ballroom. And they liked going to Gaslight Square in its heyday, where they saw both Brenda Lee and George Jones perform!

Over the years, Lorene and Vernon loved to travel all over the West where they went camping, although sometimes they would just camp right here in Missouri. And then, of course, Saturday night was bowling night for many years!

She liked people and wherever she went, Lorene seemed to run into people that she knew. She was close to her daughter, Linda, and her sister, Doris. Both shared fond memories of going out a lot together. Linda says that her mother was her best friend, and Doris mentioned that Lorene was protective of her and even got Doris her first job at American National Insurance.

With Vernon’s death in 1992, Lorene took some time to adjust. It was over a year before she could sleep in their bed again, choosing to sleep in the living room recliner, instead. She did not like being by herself, and eventually went back to work.

But she was too full of life to stay down for long. She liked to go on local trips and especially enjoyed going to the boats to hear music and to gamble. In recent years Lorene relaxed with old shows on TV Land. Even as some of her memories began to fade, the old TV shows were a comfort to her. She forgot many things as the dementia progressed, but Lorene always remembered her family, her deepest joy in this life. Of course, this included her cats, as well.

Lorene Ferren Spain died peacefully at home on Wednesday, January 1, 2020. She has been described as laid-back, friendly, and calm. She was cheerful, easy to talk to, and smart. She will be remembered as a good, caring and loving person. May each person here always cherish the gift of your memories of knowing, loving, and being loved by Lorene.

SERVICES: Visitation 2pm until time of service at 6pm on Sunday, January 5, 2020 at Kriegshauser Mortuary West Chapel 9450 Olive Blvd., Olivette. Interment on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 in Epsaba Cemetery in Paragould, AR.