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Elizabeth Spencer

April 6, 1929 — December 28, 2022


Elizabeth L. Spencer, daughter of John and Edith Harnish, was born in Noblesville, Indiana, and grew up there during the Great Depression, with her siblings, Martha Jean Stern, Mary Ruth Musselman, and Jim Bob Harnish.  She was a cheerleader in high school and attended Normal College of Indiana University, studying physical education.  With her first husband, Edwin Reisig, she raised four children:  Rhonda Reisig Kindig (husband Karl Kindig and daughter Kenna Kindig), Robin Reisig (deceased), Marylee Reisig, and Julia Reisig Lajoie (husband Chris Lajoie and sons Lavra Tamutus and Grant Tamutus).   Elizabeth’s second husband, Dexel Spencer, predeceased her, and she has two step-sons, Kevin Spencer and Shawn Spencer. 

Having lived in Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Nevada, and New Jersey, Elizabeth moved to Abingdon, Virginia 15 years ago.  She worked for 40 years at Carter-Wallace in New Jersey, and she was active on their bowling team.  Her favorite activity was golfing, with a hole-in-one a happy achievement once.  In Abingdon, she was active in the quilting circle at St. John Lutheran Church and later, as an avid life-long knitter, with the knitting group at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, where she has been a member for ten years.

A private committal will take place at the Columbarium of St Thomas Episcopal Church in Abingdon, VA.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the ASPCA.

The family of Elizabeth Spencer is being cared for by Farris Funeral Service & Crematory, Main Street location, 427 E. Main Street, Abingdon, VA 276-623-2700.

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