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Obituaries for Feb. 9, 2011


‘Connie’ Spencer
Constance Marie “Connie” Spencer, 79, died Feb. 4, 2011, at Boise.
Visitations will be from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel. Her graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Dick Hindman will officiate.

Connie was born on Dec. 20, 1931, to Sherman “Babe” and Norma Bennett. She was raised at Baker City where she met her childhood sweetheart, Maurice Dale Spencer.

Dale and Connie began their life together on Sept. 3, 1948. She was a loving and devoted wife and followed Dale wherever he traveled while he was stationed in the United States with the U.S. Air Force, from Colorado Springs, Colo., to Philadelphia and Big Springs, Texas.

She attended Baker schools and eventually received her high school diploma while living with her sister in California.

After Dale completed his military service, the couple moved back to Baker City in 1955. They lived several years on Foothill Drive and moved to their farm on Pocahontas Road in 1969.

After selling the farm, they moved out to Ben Dier Lane. When Dale became ill in 2004, Connie moved back into town on Broadway so she could be closer to him during his final days. Connie and Dale had three sons: Larry Dale Spencer, Robert Dale Spencer and Michael Trent Spencer.

Connie spent the majority of her life taking care of Dale and her sons, but she also enjoyed bowling and playing bridge with her friends at the golf club. Connie and her son, Rob, won the state bowling championship for family twosomes and also got fourth place at the nationals.

She also spent many years volunteering at St. Elizabeth Hospital. Connie celebrated her faith in God as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Connie spent her last years living with her son at Boise.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Babe and Norma Bennett; her loving husband, Dale Spencer; three brothers, Gerald, Wally and Merle Bennett; four sisters, Alice Spence, June Cook, Doris Staedler and LaVelle Bailey; and two sons, Larry and Trent Spencer.

Survivors include her son, Robert Spencer; daughter-in-law, Susan Spencer; two grandchildren, Brandon and Kara Spencer; a sister-in-law, Delores White; and a numerous nephews and nieces.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

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