MATTOON -- Patricia D. Spencer, 83, of Casey, Illinois, formerly of rural Trilla, Illinois, passed away at 1:23 P.M., Monday, December 3, 2018 in the Heartland Manor Nursing Center of Casey, Illinois. She was born August 19, 1935, in Paradise Township, Coles County, Illinois, the daughter of Glen and Vera (Phelps) Groves. Patricia married Donald Spencer, August 16, 1957 in Charleston, Illinois. She attended The Trilla Methodist Church until its closing in 1996, then she attended the Buck Grove Community Church of rural Mattoon, Illinois. Patty was a former employee of S.S. Kresge Company, Brown Shoe Factory, Scotts Baby Shoes all of Mattoon, Illinois. She retired after twenty years of service with the U.S. Postal Service and the last seventeen as Postmaster, all in Trilla. Patricia enjoyed walking, riding her bicycle, or her moped to work, a mile from home. She also enjoyed the bus trips with her sisters. She was a member of the Christian Women's Club of Mattoon and Charleston, Cumberland County Farm Bureau and the Women's Committee. Patricia leaves her loving husband, Donald Spencer after sixty-one years of marriage. She also leaves three children, Karen Horevay of Lancaster, California, Lila Johnson (Stephen) of Casey, Illinois and Darwin Spencer of Trilla, Illinois; four grandchildren, Jonathan, Benjamin and Joanna Horevay of Lancaster, California and Caitlin Purcell (Zack) of Casey, Illinois; two great-grandchildren, Michelle and Addyson Purcell of Casey, Illinois; four siblings, Donald Groves of Mattoon, Illinois, Marilyn Spencer of Trilla, Illinois, Carol Blankenship and Kay Groves both of Effingham, Illinois.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Nina Ewing; one son-in-law, Thomas Horevay and one grandson, Elijah Horevay.
Memorials may be made to the Buck Grove Community Church, 2377 N. County Rd., 650 East, Mattoon, Illinois.
The Spencer family would like to extend a special Thank you to the Heartland Manor Nursing Center of Casey, Illinois for their care given to Patty for the last two years.
A Celebration of Patricia's life will begin 11:00 A.M., Friday, December 7, 2018 in the Buck Grove Community Church, 2377 N. County Rd., 650 East, Mattoon, Illinois, with Pastor, Tim Oakley, officiating. Visitation for family and friends will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M., Thursday, December 6, 2018, in the Swengel-O'Dell Funeral Home of Neoga, Illinois and one hour at the Church, before services. Burial will be in the Tippett Cemetery in Bradbury, Illinois
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