OBITUARY

Judy Ann Spencer

August 22, 1945April 4, 2021

Judy A. Spencer, 75, died in her home in Chesapeake, Virginia on April 4, 2021. She was born August 22, 1945 in Huntington, West Virginia.

She was a teacher in the Chesapeake Public Schools for 30 years, teaching second grade and then kindergarten, mostly at Georgetown Elementary School. After her retirement from teaching, she was a sales clerk at The School Box, a teacher-supply store, for 18 years. She loved teaching and loved the many children she taught through the years.

She was a longtime member of first Virginia Beach Community Chapel and later First Baptist Church of Norfolk. She was an animal lover who had many pets, especially cats, through the years, and she supported many animal welfare organizations. She leaves behind two cats, Kacy & Kali. She was also active in and helped many fellow clients at the REACH Center, formerly in Williamsburg, Virginia.

She earned a B.A. from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia in 1966 and a M.A. from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina in 1968. After her graduation from Duke, she served as the youth director for First United Methodist Church of Parkersburg, West Virginia. When she moved to Virginia in 1970, she was the youth director of Epworth United Methodist Church in Norfolk until starting her public school teaching career.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Mary Frances “Perk” McCaffrey Spencer and her father, Robert E. Spencer; by her stepmother, Norma Jean Spencer; and by her brother, Robert E. Spencer, Jr.

She is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Dana and Kitty Spencer of Belpre, Ohio; her sister-in-law, Lora Spencer of Portsmouth, Virginia; two stepsisters, Marcia Baran and Cheryl Wright, both of Charlotte, North Carolina; a stepbrother, Greg Wright of Merritt Island, Florida; two nieces and their husbands, Beth Grant and John of Hampton, Virginia and Amy Church and Jayson of Belpre, Ohio; and two nephews, Bob Spencer of Newport News, Virginia and Andy Spencer of Walland, Tennessee; plus four great-nieces and three great-nephews.

There will be a visitation time for family and friends at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 13, 2021, at First Baptist Church of Norfolk, with a funeral service following at 11 a.m. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church of Norfolk.

  • FAMILY

  • Dana Spencer (Kitty), Brother
  • Lora Spencer, Sister-in-law
  • Marcia Baran, Stepsister
  • Cheryl Wright, Stepsister
  • Greg Wright, Stepbrother
  • Beth Grant (John), Niece
  • Amy Church (Jayson), Niece
  • Bob Spencer, Nephew
  • Andy Spencer, Nephew
  • Mary Frances “Perk” McCaffrey Spencer, Mother (deceased)
  • Robert E. Spencer, Father (deceased)
  • Norma Jean Spencer, Stepmother (deceased)
  • Robert E. Spencer, Jr., Brother (deceased)
  • She is also survived by four great-nieces and three great-nephews.

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, April 13, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Memories

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Susan Sepulveda

April 13, 2021

I worked with Judy at Georgetown Elem. for several years. I have fond memories of our time together...especially when we were both teaching Kindergarten. Since retirement, our paths would sometimes cross at First Baptist of Norfolk Church and we would catch up. She will be missed.

Manda Jones

April 13, 2021

We will truly miss our dear friend and neighbor Ms.Judy. My husband Ken and I lived next door to her since August of 2000. Ms. Judy was such a sweetheart. She was definitely a neighbor that anyone would love to have. My peace is knowing that she’s in the presence of our Lord and Savior. Ms. Judy was a woman of faith. I use to tell her she was like the energizer bunny, she would take a licking and keep on ticking, she would always laugh at that. So, until we meet again, rest well my friend.

Ken & Manda

Ginny Woodward

April 11, 2021

Judy and I go back many years. I first met her at Virginia Beach Community Chapel. We went to Sunday School classes and took up collections from the classes for the church. We did that for many years. Then I started going to First Baptist Norfolk . Several years later she started going there. We weren’t in the same Sunday School Class, but I would see her at church and talk to her frequently. She was such a sweet lady, and I will miss her a lot.

Ken Lupp

April 8, 2021

I will miss Judy so much! Christmas Dinner will not be the same without her.
Judy would assist me in taking attendance and doing the prayer list for Grace
Life Group at First Baptist. When we would go out to eat, I knew her order would include Fried Chicken and Mashed Potatoes. I am so glad that this past Christmas I did her favorite knowing how much she loved these foods. I will miss our conversation
about kitties. We are both kitty persons. Judy, you are so loved by my family. My son, Gary, in Indiana says "I will miss her too!" Randy, my roommate says the same!

Joyce Kirby

April 7, 2021

Beth,
I am so sorry to hear about Aunt Judy's death. It was so sudden. Please know that you and your family are in my prayers. May God hold you close and provide His perfect peace in the coming days. Love, Joyce Kirby

William Hayslip

April 7, 2021

I am so very sorry to read of the death of my dear friend, Judy. We were great friends in Huntington WV, attending youth group together at Johnson Memorial Methodist Church. We continued our friendship at Marshall and Judy went with me and my parents to the Bachelorette Service during our Marshall graduation. We dated in Huntington and in Va. Beach where I was stationed in the Navy. Judy was always very sweet, kind and a great friend. I will miss her greatly and want her family to know that they are in my prayers.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY