Dr. Helen A. Spencer, 86, died Sunday in Fort Myers, Fla., after an illness.
A native of Clarks Summit, Helen was the daughter of the late Leo and Irene Spencer. Dr. Spencer was a graduate of Newton Ransom High School and East Stroudsburg University. She worked at public schools in New Jersey and Delaware while earning master's and doctorate degrees in physical education from New York University
. She taught at Skidmore College and the University of California, Santa Barbara, before settling in Connecticut. She was a professor at the Arnold College Division, University of Bridgeport, Conn., and was the director of athletics. She was an educator, writer and advocate of women in sports.
She was an avid golfer and enjoyed spending time with family and friends.
Surviving are a sister, Josephine A. Spencer; a brother, William Spencer; several nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by a brother, Leo Spencer; and sisters, Anne S. Ande and Mary S. Houck.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Church of St. Benedict. Interment will follow at Newton Cemetery.
Friends may call at 10:30 at the church prior to the Mass. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Lawrence E. Young Funeral Home. To leave an online condolence, visit www.lawrenceeyoung funeralhome.com