Pauline Virginia (Shumate) Spence

Pauline Virginia Shumate Spence passed to eternal joy on Jan. 19, 2013 at age 92. She was residing in Williamsburg, where she lived with her only child Sarah Kaye Spence Avellar and son-in-law, Joseph W. Avellar.
Formerly of Bluefield, she was the wife of the late Thomas Franklin Spence, who died in 1982. Born Jan. 22, 1920 in McComas, W.V., Pauline was the only daughter of the late William T. Shumate and Addie Mae Gilmore Shumate. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her four brothers: Stanley, Woodrow, William R. and Henry D. Shumate; niece Vickie Hammack, and nephew Donald Shumate.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law of Williamsburg; and granddaughter (by marriage) Sarah Alyce Avellar of Washington, D.C. Survivors also include many extended family members: cousins Betty and Frances Moody of Princeton; nieces Dianna (Mrs. Danny Alvis of Athens), Theresa Williams (Florida), Marie Phipps (Wales, England), Sharon Ellis (Wales, England); and nephews Larry Shumate (Princeton), Danny Shumate (Florida), Billy Shumate (Texas) and Randy Shumate (Ohio).
Pauline was a person of great faith and was always very active in her church. Until 1982, she was a Charter Member of the Virginia Avenue United Methodist Church in Bluefield, Va., where she taught Sunday school and was an officer in the Methodist Women. She was also circle leader in her Presbyterian churches in Vienna, Va and Atlanta, Ga; where she moved with her daughter and son-in-law. She had been a member of Williamsburg Presbyterian Church since 2001.
A memorial service will be conducted at the Williamsburg Presbyterian Church at a later date. Online condolences may be sent by visiting and . Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton is serving the Spence family.

Published in Virginia Gazette from Jan. 23 to Feb. 22, 2013