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Mary Simpson Ogilvie Spencer, born in Glasgow, Scotland, on May 14, 1938, passed away on March 8, 2023, at John Knox Village Memory Care Unit Three, Lee’s Summit, Missouri.
Graveside services will be held at 11:00 am, Thursday, March 16, 2023, in the Peculiar Cemetery, 13007 E. Cemetery Road, Peculiar, Missouri. A Graveside Celebration of Life service will be held at 1:30 pm, May 14, 2023- Mary’s 85th birthday.
Mary was born to the late Alexander Mann Ogilvie and Mary Stewart Ogilvie, a tramway motorman, and a homemaker in Glasgow. She grew up in Scotland with her two siblings, Alex and Douglas and loved to share memories of her childhood trips down the Clyde River to Rothesay.
She and her beloved, Arthur Spencer, met at a dance, and her husband said it was love at first sight. Art and Mary were united in marriage at St. James Pollok Church in Glasgow, Scotland on July 17, 1959.
Soon after, Art accepted a position in Nova Scotia (New Scotland). After arriving in Nova Scotia, Mary and Arthur lived a modest life; they met new friends and Mary would often sing for the native Scots that had moved across the pond – they loved to listen to her beautiful voice singing lore of their homeland. A few years later they moved to the United States.
Mary’s husband was employed for several major corporations and thus they lived and traveled all over the world with his jobs before retiring in Harrisonville, Missouri. In 2009, the Spencer’s moved to Raintree Lake, Lee’s Summit, MO, finally moving to John Knox Village, Lee’s Summit, MO, in 2019.
Mary loved to garden; she grew the sweetest sugar snap peas. Her garden was beautiful to behold – and one could see the love she tendered it with.
Mary and Arthur did not have children of their own; however, they had many nieces and nephews, and dear family friends that they considered their own. We are all so blessed for knowing them; for sharing life and laughter throughout their lifetime.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband Arthur on March 7, 2021. She is survived by loved family and friends. To know her was to love her. She will live forever in our hearts.
Jessica Spencer says
How fortunate we are to have called such a soul as hers friend and/or family and to have been exposed to her light and love. May we carry this with us always and continue to share it with the world in her stead.
LaWanda and Peter Roudebush says
We had the privilege of getting to know Art and Mary when they moved to John Knox Village in 2019. We are very grateful that we were able to be with them. Mary sang for us several times, and Art always had us laughing with his sense of humor. We were very sorry when Mary had to be moved to the Memory Care unit just prior to Art’s passing. We know that they have been re-united in Heaven, and Mary is no longer suffering. May God bless her and may she rest in peace. We will miss her.
LaWanda and Peter