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CONRADINE SPIKER Obituary
Conradine Leigh Sebring Spiker (nee Noaker) July 14,1930 - Sept. 9, 2012 Walnut Creek Former Resident The day didn't start out like any other - we lost our mom, grandma, cousin, aunt and best friend. Conradine "Connie" Leigh Sebring Spiker quietly and peacefully passed away at 7:00am on Sunday, September 9, 2012, after a year of struggling from a massive stroke last October 1st, 2011. She fought hard and met some great and difficult milestones following that devastating event. She could do some things, but she couldn't enjoy her Scotch, her True Greens, or her wonderful friends or family like she used to. Connie was born into this world on July 14, 1930 in Sebring, Ohio - home of her namesake family. Daughter of Robert Noaker and Evelyn Sebring Noaker, she was 12 years old when her father passed away and her mother remarried a "Hollywood type," Don Beddoe. She, her mother and Don would move to the "Ranch" in the San Fernando Valley, where she grew to love horses, golf and the 'Hollywood" lifestyle. Connie pursued her dream of becoming a Broadway star and headed for New York City to try her hand at singing and dancing on the "big stage." She dabbled a bit, worked in a few shows, but then met a very handsome musician playing in the orchestra of Porgy and Bess, a trombone player, Donald Spiker. She and Don met, married and lived a happy life for 60 years until Don's passing in 2010. Don and Connie lived in Washington D.C. where their first son, Robert Randolf aka Randy, was born. They then moved to Baton Rouge, LA where there second son, Robin Leigh, was born, then made their way to Southern California where their third child, Stacie Sebring, was born and moved to Walnut Creek, where they lived in the same Eichler home for 46 years. Connie was involved in many, many, different activities - she went back to school to become an accountant when Don retired; she was a Den Mother and a Girl Scout Leader; and when her kids became involved in organized water skiing, she became not only the chief boat hauler, but a Senior Scorer, and was given the honor of being Chief Scorer at a National Water Ski Championships. Once the children left home, she and Don fulfilled their dream of becoming "Snow Birds" - they took their motor home south in the winter and north in the summer. They had many wonderful years and times with the "Wandering Winnies" and the Monaco Club of Nor Cal. Don became ill in 2008, they said "good-bye" to the motor home, and Connie devoted her time to caring for Don. Don's passing in 2010 was a huge change for Connie, but challenges were never difficult for her - she faced every one of them head on- logically, stoically and without reserve. She was a rock to her family, friends and all who knew her. She is survived by her son Randy Spiker and daughter-in-law Vivian Spiker of Carson City, Nevada; son Robin Spiker of Antioch, CA; her daughter, Stacie Spiker Farley, and her most precious grandsons, Cole Spiker Farley and Chase Waterman Farley of Danville, CA. She was deeply loved and respected by all who knew her. Here's to you, dear Connie, know how much we love you and miss you. Enjoy Don, your "brown water" and your True Greens while listening to your fellow jazz musicians carry on .... Thank you for everything you brought to so many lives. A memorial service will be held on September 22, 2012 at 1 PM the Danville Veterans Hall, 400 Hartz Avenue, Danville, Ca.
Published in Contra Costa Times from Sept. 20 to Sept. 22, 2012
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