Almina May Duckett Spence died Feb. 28, 2004.

Mina was the mother of four children: Cherri Lyon of Jefferson, Elaine Spence of West Linn, Patrick Spence of Snohomish, Wash., and Curt Spence of Dallas, Texas.

She was an accomplished seamstress and cook. She also loved knitting and crocheting. People who were lucky enough to get a sweater loved the beauty and quality of her work. Her jams and syrups were highly praised and sought after.

Mina loved and was loved by her family and friends. She had a unique quality of being able to keep friends for a lifetime. She was a strong woman who was capable of raising four children alone after her husband died.

During that time, she also received her GED and earned a college degree.

Mina died of ovarian cancer. The family requests memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society. Her daughter, Cherri, also will be “Walking for the Cure” in June for those who would like to sponsor her.
In addition to her children, she is survived by her companion, Don Lewis; her sisters, Mary Crane and Jimmy Markham; and her grandchildren, Kim, Tracy, Sadie, Jennifer, Carol Anne, Josh, Emma and Sam.

Arrangements are under the direction of the DeMoss-Durdan Garden Chapel of Corvallis, 815 N.W. Buchanan, Corvallis, OR 97330.

Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, March 5, 2004
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor