WENDELL - On Thursday morning, Feb. 20, 2014, Alta Ruth Cooke Burgess Spain, 88, of Wilmington and Wendell left this home for her new one in Heaven. Alta was a sweet, gracious, and caring woman who loved the Lord and her family and set a godly example for all those who knew her. Her children's, grandchildren's, and great-grandchildren's lives are much richer for the lessons she taught them by the way she lived. She was born on July 11, 1925, in Wendell to Thomas A. and Pattie Richardson Cooke. In 1947, she married Walter Burgess who preceded her in death in 1969. In 1980, she and C.B. Spain were married. C.B. died in 1994. She was a faithful and active member of Wendell United Methodist Church while living in Wendell; and more recently attended Wrightsville Beach Baptist Church.
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Upon graduation from college, Alta taught high school. Later, her children were blessed to have her as a stay-at-home mom until the death of their father. At that time she worked for Monk Henderson Tobacco Company and later for the North Carolina Association of Educators where she worked until her retirement.
In addition to her husbands and parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Charles Rogers; and her sister, Pauline Cooke Jordan.
She is survived by her children Pat and Rudy Perry of Middlesex, Laura and Steve Stephenson of Greenville, Carol and Tim Meetze of Wilson, Tim and Joy Burgess of Wilmington, Tim and Brenda Edwards of Greenville, Ted and R'ami Spain of Aiken, S.C., Wes and Cynthia Spain of Danville, Calif.; grandchildren, Michelle and Jack Cannon, Brandy and Michael Duke, Kenneth and Kim Stephenson, Joey and Lori Perry, Susan and Kevin Sink, Lori and Bobby Manning, Chris Spain, Josh Spain, Anna Spain, Emily Adair Burgess, and Will Spain; great-grandchildren, Caroline, Hunter, Zachary, Rachel, Braden, Taylor, Jack, Will, JC, Ben, and Sam; nieces Nancy Pulley, Donna Smith, Beth Halsey, nephews, Tommy, Chuck, and Bob Jordan; special family, Herb and Denise Roy and their children, Chelsea, Eric, and Amanda; and many other special family members.
Flowers are welcome or contributions may be made to the Wendell United Methodist Church Food Pantry or Building Fund, PO Box 1925, Wendell, NC, 27591 in memory of Alta Spain.
Funeral service will be held at Wendell United Methodist Church on Sunday at 2 p.m. with visitation to follow in the church fellowship hall. Interment will follow in Greenmount Cemetery.
Arrangements are with Strickland Funeral Home, 211 W. Third St., Wendell. www.stricklandfuneralhomes.net.
Her children arise up, and call her blessed (Proverbs 31:28a)
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Wendell, NC 27591
Published in The Daily Reflector on Feb. 22, 2014