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Jane S. Spencer


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Jane S. Spencer Obituary

Jane Starkweather Spencer passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home on September 12, 2016. She was 104 years of age. Jane was born January 26, 1912 in Sacramento, California, the daughter of Albert and Irma Starkweather.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Robert Starkweather, her husband of 65 years, John M. Spencer and her daughter, Gloria Bentley.

She is survived by her daughters, Sandra Hafley of Davis and Kathleen Farster (Dennis) of Marysville; Grandchildren: Wendy Heaton (Paul) of Clarksburg; Amy Wilson (Barney) of Cool; John Hafley (Loisann) of Elk Grove; Robin Ward (Dan) of Woodland; Sarah Bultema of Chico and Katie Cleaver (Sean) of Woodland. She is also survived by nine great-grandchildren.

Jane grew up in San Francisco and graduated from Katherine Delmar Burke School for Girls. She was an active volunteer and fundraiser for many charities in the Bay Area. She was very blessed to be able to spend every summer with her family at her beloved Battle Creek Meadows Ranch in Mineral, California. The ranch was purchased for a family summer home by her Grandfather, W.E. Gerber, in 1894. She spent 99 summers there riding horses, fishing and hosting friends and family. She was equally at home on the ranch or in the city, but loved being in the mountains. She was also an accomplished shot and met John at a quail shoot in Red Bluff. Discovering they had much in common, they were married in 1936 and went to live near the Spencer Ranch in Gerber. John joined Woodland Rice Growers in 1940 and they moved to Woodland. Jane was an Honorary Lifetime Member of Yolo Fliers Club and the Woodland Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. She was a Pink Lady for 35 years, volunteering well into her 90's. She was a member of the Yolo Flier's Women's Golf and enjoyed the game. She even was able to play the three par course at Augusta National. She loved hunting ducks with John and led the way for other wives to hunt with their husbands at Pacific Valley Ranch in Marysville. She had black Labrador dogs, sometimes as many as three at one time. They were lucky dogs as she took great pride in their care.

Jane was a world traveler. She hiked the Alps, floated down the Nile and walked the Great Wall of China. She was one of the first Americans to visit China after Nixon opened the way in 1972. She remembered being stared at, as the Chinese had never seen anyone from the U.S. She had to stay in the barracks near the airport in Beijing. She returned to China several years later and discovered a much more westernized country. She also visited Japan, Mexico and Canada.

She will always be remembered for her gentle and kind spirit, generosity and, most of all, for being a lady. She loved her friends and family, always enjoying their company. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her.

The Family is extremely grateful to her caregiver and companion, Lori Phillips, for her devoted care over the past six years. She was assisted by Rosa Gonzalez and Theresa Orozco. They made it possible for her to remain in comfort in her own home.

In lieu of flowers, the Family suggests donating to Yolo Hospice or a , or spending time with an elderly person.

There will be a Celebration of her life on Friday, October 21, 2016 11:00 am at the Yolo Fliers club. McNary's Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

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Published in Appeal Democrat on Sept. 22, 2016
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