Ruth Spencer


CONTINENTAL -- Ruth Spencer, 89, of Continental, died at 4:01 p.m. Thursday, February 20, 2014, at Hawthorn Inn Assisted Living in Greenville, S.C.

She was born December 6, 1924, in Bridgeport, Ind., to the late Lloyd L. and Ruth (Mason) Locke. On August 14, 1942, she married Kenneth R. Spencer. He died April 8, 2003.

Survivors include three children, Robert R. (Beverly) Spencer of Portland, Ore., Sharon (Terry) Hicks of Greenville, S.C, and Kristy (Kenneth) Stone of Douglasville, Ga.; seven grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two great-stepgrandchildren; and a sister; Joyce Bakemier of Indianapolis, Ind.

She was preceded in death by a son, Timothy A. Spencer; and two brothers, Gerald L. Locke and John Robert Locke.

Ruth was a cook at Continental Local Schools and a homemaker. She was a member of the North Mt. Zion Church, Continental.

Funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 26, 2014, at the North Mount Zion Church, Continental, with Rev. Brent Gibson officiating. Burial will follow in Monroe Cemetery, Continental. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. today at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Continental, and one hour prior to the service Wednesday at the church.

Memorials may be given to the church. Condolences may be sent to

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