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LaRena J. "Rena" Spencer

October 6, 1938 May 18, 2019
LaRena  J. "Rena"  Spencer
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LaRena June “Rena” Spencer, 80 of Beatrice, passed away peacefully Saturday morning, May 18, 2019 at her granddaughter’s home. She was born on October 6, 1938 at Mooreland, OK and graduated from Mooreland High School. She received her bachelor’s degree from Bethany College in Bethany, OK and her master’s degree from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. She lived in Mooreland until 1960, Ft. Morgan, CO from 1960-1961, Bitter Creek, WY from 1961-1967, Beatrice from 1967 – 2018, and then moved to Odell for a short time. Rena married William K. Spencer on January 25, 1964 in Wyoming and they later divorced in 1989. She was an elementary school teacher and worked for the Beatrice Public Schools for 33 years teaching second grade and a Title I teacher. After retirement she worked at Schweser’s Store in Beatrice for many years. She was a former member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Bethany, OK and was a long-time member of Christ Community Church of Beatrice. She enjoyed gardening, reading, cooking & large family dinners.

Survivors include two sons, Wade Spencer of Beatrice and Lance (Angela) Spencer of Blue Springs; daughter-in-law, Rebecca Spencer of Beatrice; seven grandchildren, Chris (Andrea) Spencer of Augusta, Georgia, Laura Spencer & significant other Seth Ford of Lincoln, Amanda (Dustin) Dorn of Daykin, Jennifer Spencer of Beatrice, Zoey Spencer of Blue Springs, Wyatt Spencer of Blue Springs, and Emma Spencer of Blue Springs; six great-grandchildren, Jace, Rilee, Gracie, Asher, Naomi and Vera. She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Grace (Nixon) Stanley; sister, JoyDee Lehman.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at Christ Community Church of Beatrice with Pastor Dan Martin officiating. Cremation will follow the service. A family prayer service will be held at 1:45 P.M. on Thursday at the church. The body will lie in state at Fox Funeral Home in Beatrice on Wednesday from 8:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. and on Thursday at the church one hour prior to the service. The family will meet and greet friends at the funeral home from 6:00 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. on Wednesday. A memorial has been established to the Beatrice Humane Society. Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice is in charge of the arrangements.

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