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Richardson-Gaffey Funeral Home

382 First Parish Road, Scituate, MA

OBITUARY

Nancy Lee Spencer

February 10, 1921June 26, 2019

Nancy Lee [Jackson] Spencer of Marshfield, MA passed peacefully on June 26, 2019. She was 98 years old. Nancy Lee was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, the third of three girls. At an early age, her family relocated to Wellesley, MA. She attended Dana Hall and Harvard University, where she received a BS and an MA in Fine Arts. After college, she worked in New York City for several years as a display designer for a large department store. She returned to Cambridge, MA where she met her husband, Clark Foster Spencer, who predeceased her.

They had one child, Clark Jackson Spencer. The family lived in Marshfield, MA, where she was an art teacher for the Marshfield school system, and the house was filled with her artwork. She could be seen on TV many a summer as a volunteer model on WGBH during their annual fundraising auction, her height being an asset in modeling certain outfits. Nancy Lee loved animals, especially dogs [in particular Afghan Hounds], cats and horses. While she never achieved her childhood dream of being a jockey, she enjoyed watching the Triple Crown events [the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont] every year, as well as the Westminster Dog Show. She is survived by her son Clark and her daughter-in-law Cheryl Spencer. Services are private.

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Ken Braithwaite

July 10, 2019

Clark,
I am sorry to hear of your mother's death. She was a great lady and was always very kind. My condolences to you and your family.

Scott Dow

July 7, 2019

Clark,
Our sincere sympathy during this time of loss. May you reflect on may fond memories of times gone by in marshfield. Wishing you and your family all the best.
Scott dow and family.

Jerry Morris

July 2, 2019

I had the pleasure of working with Lee at Grace Ryder School and later at Governor Winslow. She was a lady who carried herself with dignity yet never showed any trace of superiority. I once marveled at a ten foot long tiger she drew. The eyes looked like they were staring at you, the body seemed to be moving with stealth. I said to her, "Lee how did you ever learn to draw and paint like that?"
She replied, "At the museum school, they taught us first to imitate the strokes of the masters."
I tried to apply this wisdom when teaching kids how to write.
She made me a copy of her tiger and wrote at the bottom, "Mr. Morris is a tiger about getting work in on time."
I posted the tiger in the back of my classrooms in three different schools, taped tears, and kept it until it fell apart.
Once on a frigid morning she was walking into school ahead of me. She wore a fur hat that covered her head and a fur coat that went to the floor. Without turning around, she said, "Jerry, don't shoot. It's human." She was the best!

Bern & Betsy Wood Budd

July 1, 2019

Dear Clark,
We have many fond memories of your mother. She was as elegant as her afghans and unfailingly charming, friendly and warm. I remember back to when your parents bought the house on Mayflower and were clearing brush and working on the house together. My parents, siblings & I would walk by and stop to chat, which could easily last for a half hour or more. Lee looked elegant even when cutting brush and both of your parents were very happy.
Thinking of all of you with great fondness & sympathy, Bern & Betsy

Martha McCoy

June 29, 2019

Clark and Cheryl,
Pat and I are sending special thoughts. Your mom/mom-in-law was clearly an amazing woman. Please let us know if there is anything we can do.
Thinking of you,
Martha and Pat

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