Spencer, Mary F. 1937-2019

SAVANNAH, Mo. - Mary Francis Spencer, Savannah, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, at Shady Lawn Nursing Home, in Savannah.

She was born Sept. 17, 1937, in Savannah, to Francis and Mary (Shaffer) Coyle.

She married Freddy "Fritz" Spencer on June 15, 1956, who preceded her in death in 2012.

She graduated from Savannah High School in 1955, attended Gard's Business College and started working at Associated Grocers (AG) in St. Joseph.

She started out as switchboard operator/receptionist, then order desk, eventually working her way up to payroll and secretary.

Whenever any of the ofce girls went on vacation, she was able to ll in for them. AG and Beaty HyKlas merged forming Afliated Foods, and a new warehouse was built in Elwood, Kansas. Mary continued to work for Afliated Foods as a secretary to the grocery buyers. A few years later, she was promoted to a grocery buyer, being one of the rst female buyers to work in that capacity. Eventually, she was promoted to inventory control manager.

Mary enjoyed bowling, bingo, her grandchildren, and her dog, Checkers.

Survivors include: her three children, Becky (Rick) Wisehart, of Kansas City, Missouri, Vicky (Murray) Lewis, of Savannah and Wesley (Becky) Spencer, of Savannah; sister, Joanne Coyle, of Savannah; brother, Steve (Glenda) Coyle, of Branson West, Missouri; grandchildren: Grant Lewis, Spencer Lewis, Sydney Spencer, and Shayna Spencer; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by: her parents; husband; and brother, Raymond.

A Celebration of life will be held at Breit-Hawkins Funeral Home, Savannah, at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019 .

Casual dress is encouraged.

Family will receive and visitors at Breit-Hawkins Funeral Home, from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019.

A private burial service will follow at a later date, in Savannah Cemetery, Savannah.

Memorial contributions can be made to The American Diabetes Association. As published in the St. Joseph News-Press.

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