On February 11,2021 May Spence of Ponoka passed away at the age of 97 years. Although not Covid related, she fought a hard battle the last few weeks.
May was born June 3,1923 in Edinburgh, Scotland and moved to Canada at 4 years of age to live in Edmonton. As a young lady, she played semi-professional basketball with the Army and Navy Pats and Baby Grads.
She married Bob Spence August 5, 1944. They lived happily together until Bob's passing in 2002. May led CGIT, coached high school girls basketball and softball; belonged to Kinettes, K-forties, Eastern Star, the curling club, Legion, seniors centre, and was a lifetime member of the Ponoka Golf Club. She co-organized the Stampede parade for several years.
Through her love of painting, May partnered with Dorothy Berg at the "Clay Barn" and donated many paintings throughout Ponoka signed "Tutu". She worked with Bob at Central Hardware, at Gorman's Drugstore, and the Auction Market.
May and Bob enjoyed holidaying in the USA, Mexico, and Europe. May especially enjoyed her trip to Scotland to discover her roots. Six months every winter was spent in Yuma, Arizona for many years. She later partnered with Don Dillon following Bob's passing.
May was predeceased by husband Bob; son Ron; and three brothers Alex, Bert and Luke Pringle. She will be lovingly remembered by her daughters Donna James (Wes) and Darlene (Mike); six grandchildren: Nicole Kestila, Danielle Faria (Vic), Raelene Torok (Norbert), Rob, Dianna, and Shelby Spence; 13 great-grandchildren; her sister-in-law Verna Pringle; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to Dr. Halse, the staff of Ponoka Hospital LTC and Rimoka Lodge. We can't say enough about all of those special individuals who cared for and supported our mum and family. We will never forget your kindness. Thank you so much.
There will be not be a formal Funeral Service in Ponoka. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Ponoka F.C.S.S., Ponoka & District Health Foundation (Long Term Care), or the Rimoka Housing Foundation.
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