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Edith Spencer

July 29, 1923 - September 29, 2016

Burial Date: October 4, 2016

Funeral Home Hidden Valley Funeral Home of Kearney

Cemetery Mt. Olivet Cemetery

Church First Christian Church Kearney

  • Visitation will be 10-11:30am Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at First Christian Church of Kearney.
  • Funeral service will follow at 11:30am.
  • Burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Kearney, MO.

Edith (Albright) Spencer, 93, of Kearney, Missouri, passed away on September 29, 2016. She was a lifelong resident of Kearney, Missouri.

Edith was born on July 29, 1923, in Holt, Missouri. She was the daughter of Vernon Albright and Winnie (Duncan) Albright. Edith was one of four children which included Lowell Albright, Mary Jane Kelly and Harold Albright. Her parents, husband and all of her siblings preceded her in death.

Edith married Benjamin Franklin Spencer on August 16, 1941. Edith and Ben fulfilled their dream and lived on a farm near the old Sommersette school. Although they had no children of their own, their home was always a place to gather, eat and play a game of pool or a game of cards. After a fire that caused them to rebuild their farm home, Edith specifically designed her new home so they could easily accommodate the entire family and extended family for any holiday gathering.

Edith was lovingly called Aunt Edy by her many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Family was definitely the most important thing in her life and she will be greatly missed. She will be fondly remembered for spoiling her nieces and nephews. Aunt Edy and Uncle Ben’s house to spend the night was a coveted prize. They always knew how to make each niece or nephew feel extra special with dinner out and a game of cards or pool.

Edith was a graduate of Kearney High School and worked for many years at the Kearney Commercial Bank. She was an avid bridge player and played in several different bridge clubs over the years in Kearney. Edith also loved to travel. After Ben passed away, Edith and her friends went on many bus tours to see different parts of the country. Edith was also an accomplished seamstress. When any item of clothing needed mending, Aunt Edy was always who you called and she could work miracles with a needle and thread. She was also a long term member of the First Christian Church of Kearney.

Edith was a kind and generous lady. She loved to go to garage sales and pick up items that she thought would be meaningful to someone in the family. She was always willing to lend a helping hand and cooked many a great meal. Aunt Edy never missed any birthday and would hand pick the perfect card for each family member.

Survivors include her nephew, Loyd Kelly, and wife, Eleanor, and their children; her nephew, Vern Kelly, and wife, Christine, and his sons; her nephew, Tom Albright, and wife, Sara; her nephew, Bobby Kelly, and wife, Anita, and his daughters; her niece, Jennifer Gravina, and husband, Jim, and her children; nephew, David Albright; nephew, Mark Kelly, and wife, Lorry, and their children; nephew, Ben Albright, and wife, Ginger, and their son; her niece, Cindy Propes, and her husband, David, and their children; nephew, Mike Albright; and niece Sarah Jane Albright and her children. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Mickey Albright, and many other friends and family.

Services were held to celebrate Edith’s life on Tuesday, October 4, 2016, at the First Christian Church of Kearney. For those wishing to make a contribution in Edith’s memory, the family suggests donations to the First Christian Church of Kearney.

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