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Mary Jo (Ferguson) Spencer

October 1, 1930 ~ December 21, 2023 (age 93) 93 Years Old

Mary Spencer Obituary

Mary Joe Ferguson Spencer, 93, of Pilot Mountain, NC; died Thursday, December 21, 2023 in her home surrounded by her family. She lived a long and wonderful life. She was born October 1, 1930 to Ruth Bowles Ferguson and Odell Ferguson in Capella, NC located in Stokes County. She graduated in 1948 from King High School, where she met her high school sweetheart Victor H. Spencer. They married on March 28th, 1953 after his stint in the Korean War. They were married 20 days shy of 70 years when he passed away on March 8th, 2023.

After they got married she became a seamstress and stay at home mom of their three children. In 1964 she began working for tobacco warehouses. She continued working for various warehouses; meeting many special friends and coworkers; until she decided to finally retire at the age of 83 in 2013. She and her husband loved to travel and made many trips to Kentucky, to the beach, camping in various places and to West Virginia and Washington D.C.

Until the last few years when her and her husbands health started deteriorating there were very few Sundays where she wasn’t in church. In her earlier years she and her family were members of Marshall Baptist Church in Winston Salem. While there she was a Sunday School Teacher and Superintendent of the Primary Department. She and her daughter were also known to sing together a time or two. When they moved to Pilot Mountain, NC in 1970; they became members of the First Baptist Church of Pilot Mountain. She was a Sunday School teacher there for over 40 years and was also a member of the Women’s Circle group.

For many many years, if Mary Jo wasn’t cooking, cleaning, working or at church you could find her with a book, sewing, cross stitching or gardening. She absolutely loved college basketball. She loved Wake Forest and held season basketball tickets for a few years. Truth be told; she was an ABCD fan (any body but Carolina and Duke). She just loved to see a good basketball game, and always had a March Madness bracket; even though she may have cheated and only filled out one round at a time.

Mary Jo was a loving mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother and friend. She loved getting visits from her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She loved to cook and was an absolutely amazing cook. Anytime someone would ask her to make their favorite meal or pie; you would have it in the next day or so. To say that Mary Jo was an image of a true Proverbs 31 woman through her many years here on earth would be an understatement. We are sure that she is reunited with the many that have gone before her. For those of us here on earth left to mourn the loss; let us rejoice in knowing that we will hold her again in heaven one day.

“Many women do noble things,

but you surpass them all.”

Honor her for all that her hands have done,

and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

Proverbs 31: 29,31

Mary Jo is survived by her brother and sister-in-law Blane and Pat Ferguson of Capella, NC, her daughter and son-in-law Vicki and Dicky Yount of Pilot Mountain, her son and daughter-in-law

Mark and Patsy Spencer of Wilmington, NC and her son Phil Spencer of Dallas, Texas. She has 7 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She is predeceased in death by her parents Ruth and Odell Ferguson; her husband Vic Spencer, her sister and brother-in-law Doris and Horace Smith and her brother Lane Ferguson.

A private family remembrance will be held at a later date.

The family would like to thank the 4 very special caretakers that have helped with the care of Mary Jo. Donna, Melody, Cathy and Cheyenne; you have been angels during this hard time in our lives. We appreciate your love, care and support. The family would also like to thank the staff at Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care for the wonderful care that they were able to provide during this time as well.

In lieu of flowers the family would like donations made to Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care.

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