Judy Lea Spencer, age 72, of Yankton, South Dakota, died Sunday, August 7, 2016, at Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
A Memorial Mass will be 10:30 AM on Saturday, August 13, 2016, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Yankton with Reverend Larry Regynski officiating. Burial will be in the Yankton Cemetery. A gathering of friends and family will be from 5:00 to 8:00 PM on Friday, August 12, 2016, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a vigil service at 7:00 PM.
Urnbearer will be Mike Bruce. Honorary urnbearers will be all of Judy's nieces and nephews.
Judy Lea Spencer was born January 30, 1944, in Omaha, Nebraska, to Robert and Mary Lea (Vene) Moss. She grew up in Fremont and graduated from Archbishop Bergan High School in 1961. She moved to Yankton, South Dakota and attended Mount Marty College in Yankton. She married Wally Spencer on August 14, 1971, in Yankton. Judy worked for American State Bank and Morgan Manufacturing in Yankton.
She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Yankton and the Friendly Square Dancing Club. She loved cats, adult coloring books, and visiting with friends. She will be remembered as an "adoptive mother" to many people in Yankton, especially by her nieces and nephews.
Survivors include her two sisters: Mary Lynn Bruce of Yankton and Carol Anne Fleury of Albuquerque, New Mexico; sister-in-law, Jean Kelley of Rapid City, South Dakota; eight nieces and nephews: Paula Bruce, Mary Lea Chute, Mike (Laurie) Bruce, Kathy Bruder, Patty Vavra, Kimberly Kelley, Kathryn (Harlan) Hess, and Kiernan (Rick) Zimbelman; as well as many great nieces and nephews, great great nieces and nephews, and special friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Wally on March 20, 2013; and two brothers-in-law, Robert Kelley and John Bruce.
Messages will be reviewed and posted within 1 business day.
Oh the memories from Church Youth Group, thank you Wally and Judy for the memories and the love.
Kate Boyles Erickson
Judy was a fine person. I wish you, her family, the best.
Breathe easy Judy, I am sure Wally was waiting for you at the Gate. Great memories of you two at Annual Coca-Cola events.
God Bless you Judy. May you now be more comfortable. Now you and Wally may be together again.
Richard and Rosie Wootton
You'll love your new home, Judy----you and Wally can celebrate your 45th wedding anniversary together! How good is that?
Dan & Joan Hoppe
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