Ann Fulton Lanier Spencer
1928 - 2020
Ann Fulton Lanier Spencer

May 13, 1928 - October 23, 2020


Mrs. Ann Fulton Lanier Spencer, 92, passed away Friday, October 23, 2020 at her home. She was born in Danville, Va. on May 13, 1928 – Mother's Day – to Ethel Fulton and William Adolphus Lanier. She graduated from St. Mary's Junior College in Raleigh, N.C. in 1947 and then from Salem College in 1949. She met the love of her life, John Kerr Spencer Jr. (Johnny), while in Winston-Salem. They were married in 1951 until his death in 1988. They had three children, John Kerr Spencer III (Patty), Ann Lanier Spencer Munn and William Lanier Spencer (Christy); six grandchildren, Leni and Cory Spencer, Spencer, Lanier, Kathleen Tarrant (Will) and Huntley Munn and one great-grandchild, Landon Tarrant. Ann lived an amazing life. Her love of people was her gift. All who knew her knew of her youthful spirit and joy for life. She made everyone she met feel like a lifelong friend and her children would laugh that she told every story with an accompanying history lesson. People all over town came to her when there was a question either about who someone or something was. She never let distance or time come between her and her friends, many who were childhood friends.

She was always active. She was devoted to volunteering in her community. She was a member of Old Town Club, The Junior League of Winston-Salem, Forsyth County Stroke Club, Board of Directors of the NC Stroke Association and Forsyth Hospital Board. She was also a lifelong member of the Westwood Garden Club, an avid bridge player and organizer of the weekly game(s). Ann was the first employee of the SNOB Shop in 1974. Though Covid kept her physically distant recently, she was the most beloved employee there to the very end. Many a voice mail ended with "I'm off to SNOB". It was said "She was our North Star, the single true constant" for so many.

A private graveside will be held in Salem Cemetery. Memorials may be made in lieu of flowers to the charity of donor's choice. Online condolences may be made at
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Published by Danville and Rockingham County on Oct. 26, 2020.
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I was saddened to learn of Ann's passing. We only met once but she was a close friend of my wife and will be missed.
Jack Garrett
October 28, 2020
Christy and Patty my is heavy for your family after hearing the loss of the sweetest, happiest and most fun person, Ann Lanier. I´ve kept the notes she send me and will cherish her quick wit and kind words. She will be dearly missed and definitely leave a void in our Westwood Garden Club. Prayers and Hugs to you and your sweet families.
Bonita mcdonald
October 26, 2020
a loved one
October 26, 2020
She was the best surrogate grandmother and the life of the party on Lazy Lane. I can't imagine my life without her constant love and wisdom. She will be constantly loved and desperately missed. I am so sorry for your loss of truly wonderful woman
David Sutton
October 26, 2020
Heather Blalock
October 25, 2020
Dear Will, Christy, and Family, I'm so very sorry to hear this. I remember her lighting up the "Red Room" at Staley's with ya'll when she would walk in.... She will truly be missed, but I'm sure she is very happy to let heaven know what's going on in Winston these days. God Bless...
Paul and Melissa Smith, Jr.
October 25, 2020
Heaven has a new bright star! Ann will be sorely missed here on Earth, but Heaven is rejoicing with Ann's presence!! Much love to the family- Mary
Mary McNair Eagle
October 25, 2020
My heart breaks reading this She was such a bright light for all who knew her. Sending love and prayers to her family and many friends. Ann´s welcoming smile will never be forgotten as well as her beautiful Christmas stockings always a hit at our Westwood Garden Club auction! Love, Pam Saunders
Pam Saunders
October 25, 2020
I will so miss her smiling face (and words of wisdom) at the SNOB. What a fabulous woman!
Brenda Swain
October 25, 2020