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CHARLESTON — Linda Spencer, age 75, of Charleston went to her heavenly home at 4:27 a.m. on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 with her loving family by her side.

A celebration of her life will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 20th, at First Baptist Church, 1804 South 9th Street in Mattoon with Pastor Dennis Strawn officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Gardens. Visitation for family and friends will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, July 19th at First Baptist Church. Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Linda was born on October 24, 1943 in Mattoon, the daughter of Roy and Faye (Jenner) Eaton. She married Gerald Spencer on June 6, 1965. He passed away recently on April 20, 2019.

Survivors include her children, Kimberly (Bill) Uphoff of Mattoon, IL and Travis (Joy) Spencer of Mattoon, IL; grandchildren, Jake and Maggie Uphoff and Dakota, Riley and Cooper Spencer all of Mattoon, IL; and sister, Cheryl Lynn Eaton of Tampa, FL.

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She was preceded in death by her loving husband Gerald Spencer; her parents and one sister Sandi Abbott of Mattoon.

Linda grew up in Mattoon and lived her life passionately. She graduated from Mattoon High School and Utterback Business College. After college Linda became a Secretary at CIPS and Ameren for over 30 years. Linda was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church in Mattoon for 54 years. She served on the Diaconate board, Finance board, Music committee, and Sacred Tones Bell Choir. Linda was also an Awana volunteer, and served in the Community Backpack Food ministry as well as the Mattoon Food Pantry. She also played saxophone in the Charleston Community Band. She was an active member of the Sarah Bush Lincoln Volunteer Guild, routinely volunteering in the SBLHC gift shop, and served on the Guild Board. She enjoyed reading and spending time walking with her friends. Most of all, Linda loved her husband, children, and grandchildren. She regularly attended sporting events, the county fair and school activities with her grandchildren. Linda was extremely proud of all of them for all of their accomplishments and their involvement in the community.

Her family will always remember Linda as a loving wife, mother, sister, grandma and friend.

Memorial donations in her honor may be given to the First Baptist Church in Mattoon or Sarah Bush Lincoln Hospice. Online condolences may be expressed at www.schillingfuneralhome.net or Schilling Funeral Home's Facebook page.

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