Ann M. Spence
1932-2013 Ann M. Spence whose 81st birthday was celebrated March 19th received her eternal embrace on Friday March 22, 2013 at Berkshire Place in Pittsfield.
Ann was born in Saugus, Mass. on March 19, 1932, daughter of the late Hazel Manchester Sprague and Charles Warren Sprague.She graduated in 1950 from Saugus High School. After graduation, Ann worked at General Electric in Lynn, Mass. She was married to Herbert Spence on June 11, 1955 in Saugus, who predeceased her in 2006. Herb's career with GE lead them to settle in Dalton-a town she adored.
Ann devoted much of her life to the health and well being of her children and her husband. She volunteered at the Green Gargoyle at the First Congregational Church in Dalton where she has been a member for 48 years. Ann also worked as a volunteer for the Camp Fire Girls, Cub Scouts, and the Red Cross. In the 90's, she earned a Certificate in Business from BCC with honors. She also worked for Olsten Temporary Services, having multiple assignments at GE Plastics. Ann enjoyed family treks to ski at Mt Greylock in winter and swim at Berkshire Hills Country Club in summer. Ann cherished the simple pleasures in life such as finding the most abundant blueberry bushes and freshest farm eggs or watching episodes of "Chronicle" and "Mike Huckabee." She beamed while working as a volunteer at Tanglewood due to her love of music and many friends she made there. Ann also looked forward to gathering with the Bridge group and a chance to win the 25 cent prize!
Ann delighted being in the company of grandchildren as well as extended family, friends, neighbors and pets. She enjoyed attending their events and never missed a chance to go on an outing or vacation with them. Her devotion to her extended family living back in Eastern Mass routinely lead her down the Mass turnpike to visit beloved sister in-laws, nephews, nieces, and friends.
Per Ann's wishes, there will be no calling hours. She wished that each person would in their own way remember her, even if it means having a Maine lobster roll on her behalf. Burial will occur in the spring and a Celebration of Ann's life will be held at a date to be announced.
Ann leaves her daughter Paula and her husband Larkin Cockram, and their children Ashley and Garrett, of Orlando Florida, daughter Roxanne and her daughter Rebekah of Pittsfield, son Eric and his wife Joanne, and their children Max and Charlie of Pittsfield.
She also leaves many special nieces and nephews, sister in laws and friends.
She was predeceased by a sister Marion and brothers Kenny, Howie, and Neil.
Many thanks are given to everyone who cared for and treated Ann physically and spiritually. Deep gratitude is given to a truly compassionate Dr. Beckwith and Rev. Alex Hunter who by faith inspired Ann in her last week.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the "Ushers and Programmers Fund" in memory of Ann Spence in order to give scholarships to students studying music at Tanglewood. Checks can be mailed to Bartlett Wellington Funeral Home 525 Main Street Dalton, MA 01226.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Mar. 29, 2013