Florence Spece

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  • "Vernon, Craig, Larry, and Diana, I was so saddened to hear..."
    - Norma Van Haaften
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Florence D. Spece, 84, of Independence, died Nov. 21, at the Buchanan County Health Center in Independence. She was born on July 31, 1926, in Oelwein, the daughter of Jess Marian and Effie Mae (Reed) Masters. She graduated from high school in Oelwein with the Class of 1944. On March 20, 1949, she and Vernon Keith Spece were married at the Methodist Church in Oelwein. Spece was a nurse's aide at Peoples Memorial Hospital in Independence and later worked at Triangle Plastics. She was a willing volunteer with many organizations including Operation Threshold.
Spece is survived by her husband of 61 years, Vernon; two sons: Craig (Julie) Spece and Larry Spece, both of Independence, and one daughter, Diana (Roger) Bagg of Rowley; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She is also survived by three brothers: Wayne (Joann) Masters of Santa Teresa, N.M., Howard (Norma) Masters of Waterloo and Raymond (Alice) Masters of Lincoln, Neb.; three sisters: Dorothy Olsen of Cedar Falls, Dolores Novak of Brandon and Norma Lee (Roger) VanHaafton of Chanhassen, Minn., and one sister-in-law, Joan Masters.
She was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers Glen Masters, Ralph Masters, Donald Masters, Delbert Masters and Jess Masters; one sister, Velma Mervin, and one daughter-in-law, Penny Spece.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the White Funeral Home in Independence. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Independence.
White Funeral Home of Independence is in charge of arrangements. Friends may call for visitation from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home. On line condolences may be left at www.White-MtHope.com.
Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Nov. 23 to Nov. 26, 2010