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Jean Rosen Spencer, 1946 – 2006

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Jean Rosen Spencer, 59, of Limeton, Va., died on Thursday, Aug. 17, 2006. Rev. Spencer was born Sept. 16, 1946, in Martinsburg, W.Va., to the late C.B. "Ben" and the late Dorothy Borden Rosen. When her Lutheran family moved to Leesburg, little Jean said they were church shopping because there was no Lutheran church in town. A Methodist ever since, she met her future husband, John, in church while in high school. She grew up in Leesburg, graduating as valedictorian of the class of 1964 at Loudoun County High. She graduated from Madison College with a B.A. before teaching Latin at Loudoun Valley and Spotsylvania High schools for a short while. She resided in Springfield while she was employed by EEI of Alexandria as a word processor operator and copy editor for 24 years.

Long active in church, she was fond of telling the story of her ironing board conversion on Oct. 6, 1994. From that date she was passionate about her Lord striving for ways to serve Him.

In 1998 she answered her call to the ministry and returned to school, receiving an M.Div. from Wesley Theological Seminary. She served Melrose United Methodist Church in Lottsburg for two years starting in 2003. She also held services at Lewisetta during the summers. During that time she discovered she had a passion for the ministry, working hard to ensure everyone would "Fully Rely On God" (FROG). Frogs of all kinds began to appear everywhere in the parsonage, and the new children’s program, the "Peace Frogs," was named in her honor. She loved to tell of salvation through Jesus. In the fall of 2003 she coordinated Melrose serving as an area emergency response center after Hurricane Isabel. The Melrose building campaign was officially started, developing detailed plans and drawings for a new fellowship hall. She was active in the Fredericksburg Emmaus community and served as Spiritual Director on one walk. Unfortunately she had to take a leave of absence for her health in 2005 to control the psoriasis that occasionally caused severe cellulitis.

In April 2006 she moved with her husband to the Limeton area and thought she was fully recovered.

For many years she was an active volunteer, as a Cub Scout Den Leader, soccer coach, traveling soccer team manager, NVSL swim team manager, Sunday school teacher, and Stephen Ministries Series Leader at Sydenstricker UMC. She loved to host the large, typically 12 to 18, family gatherings for any holiday or family occasion.

She is survived by her husband of 37 years, John H. Spencer; a son, John Michael Spencer and his wife, Stephanie Rausch Spencer of Fountain Hill, Penn.; and a daughter, Julie Rebecca Spencer of Sterling.

A celebration of life was held at Pender United Methodist Church, Fairfax, on Wednesday, Aug. 23, by the Rev. Kenny Newsome and the Rev. Tracy McNeil.

— John Howard Spencer




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