In memory of

Barbara L. Spencer, age 87 of Helena

May 19, 1931 – December 26, 2018

Barbara Lucille (Miller) Spencer, 87

Barbara passed away on December 26, 2018, at Rocky Mountain Care Center in Helena, MT.  Barbara was born in Flint, MI, to Edwin and Frieda Miller.   A year later, her family moved to Dayton, OH, where she spent her school years, graduated from Fairview High School and Miami Jacobs Business College.

She married James M. Spencer, and moved to Tipp City, OH where their two sons, James E. and David A., were born. The family then lived in McHenry, IL and Jackson, MN.  Retirement took Jim and Barbara to Richmond, IN.  In 2008, she moved to Helena, MT.

Barbara was an open, honest, and caring individual. Her energies focused around faith, family, friends, and food.  If one had the chance it was always pleasant to share a cookie, a snack, or a meal at her table.

She spent 18 years in Jackson, MN with the public health nursing service. She enjoyed working with the American Cancer Society, especially the Road to Recovery, and being the treasurer of her church in Richmond, IN.  She loved reading, knitting, many challenging crafts, and most of all sports, both participating and watching.

Barbara is survived by her son, James (Nadine); grandsons, Andrew (Sarah) and Zachary (Helena, MT); sisters-in-law, Barbara G. Spencer (NJ) and Mary Lou Wood (OH); and by a number of nieces, nephews, and cousins. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 52 years, James (2008) and son, David (1986).

Gifts in her memory can be made to the American Cancer Society: 3550 Mullan Road, Missoula, MT 59808, Adaptive Sports Association, 125 E 32nd St, Durango, CO 81301; or a local animal shelter. Barbara has been cremated and a private family interment will occur at Maple Hill Cemetery in Tipp City, OH.


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  1. Debra L Polhemus says

    Jim & Nadine: May wonderful memories bring you comfort during your mourning.

  2. Jodi Edlin says

    Always appreciated Barb’s honesty and her frienddhip. I had the privilege to have her as my supervisor at the nursing service. I learned a lot of life lessons from her. Had many lunch dates at her house. I enjoyed the Nissan car I bought from her. She was like a second mom to me in my younger years. God bless her memory. She has left a wonderful footprint in my heart. So many tears and happy times talking about her beloved family. You have my deepest sympathy. I imagine it is a blessed reunion with David and Jim. Jodi Edlin.

  3. Diane Vangsness says

    Jim & Nadine, You have our deepest sympathy. Your mother and I had many good times working together at community health. She was a special person and had a great sense of humor. What a great cook she was…. I still use her recipes.

  4. We are so sorry to read about the passing of Barbara. May God comfort all of you during your sad days and give you the strength to cope as you look forward to seeing her again as a young and healthy woman full of life and doing all the things she loved. (‘loss of a loved one’ – jw dot org.) Ponder over what you’d like to say and how big your hugs will be when we are reunited with our loved ones again.(Acts 24:15) Our sincere condolences to the Spencer family.

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