Theodora H. Spalding
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Asheville - Theodora (Theo) H. Spalding, age 87, died on Friday, August 22, 2014, at Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community in Asheville after a period of declining health. Theo was a native of Atlanta, GA and a graduate of Fontbonne College in St. Louis, MO with a degree in music. She was married for over 50 years to the late Col. Basil D. Spalding, Jr. and raised 3 children while her husband's military career moved her and family all over the US and Europe. She loved music, reading and pursuing her passion for collecting dolls, doll history and research.
Surviving are her sister, Catherine (Katy) Danforth of Asheville, children: Susan Floyd of Asheville, Louise and Pierre Grandadam of Ostwald, France and Basil and Lori Spalding, III of Paducah Kentucky, 6 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.
Theo was greatly loved by her family and many friends in the Kenilworth Book Club, Land O'Sky Doll Club and the Deerfield Retirement Community. The family wishes to thank the staff at Deerfield for their kind and loving care during Theo's recoveries from surgeries and her battle with lymphoma and Parkinson's disease.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Sunday, August 24 at 2:00 p.m. in the Health Care Chapel in Haden Hall at Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community, 1617 Hendersonville Road, Asheville, Father Adrian Porras of St. Barnabas Roman Catholic Church and Rev. Morgan Gardner of Deerfield officiating. Interment of ashes will be at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery next to those of her late husband.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the
of North Carolina, Suite 200, 401 Harrison Oaks Blvd., Cary, NC 27513, or the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research
Asheville Mortuary Services Inc
89 Thompson St Ste B
Asheville, NC 28803
Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Aug. 24, 2014