Bailey Family Funeral Home
TEMPLE, TX —
Mary Alice Nolan Spears, 70, passed away in Temple, Texas, on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013. Though she had battled cancer for some time, she passed away peacefully after a short illness in the presence of family.
Mary was born July 23, 1942, in Flatwoods. Her parents were Willard Ham and Mary Elizabeth Hatton Nolan. She was the youngest of six daughters often known locally as the “Nolan Girls.” Being that Willard had no sons, she and her sisters worked daily chores on the family farm that included more than 3,000 egg-laying chickens. She remembered these days fondly and spoke often of them with family and friends.
She graduated from Russell High School as salutatorian in 1960, where she was a cheerleader, a Girls State participant and active with school publications. After graduation, she served many years as an executive secretary with Ashland Oil. Later, she and her husband, Lennon, ran a construction company and two supporting businesses known as Appliance Warehouse and Kitchens Unlimited until she was recruited to serve as the first regional manager for the eastern counties of Kentucky with the Kentucky Lottery.
Soon after the death of her husband, Lennon, she moved to Temple to be closer to her son, Jeff, and daughter-in-law, Michelle. She quickly took to Texas, often sported Lucchese cowboy boots and was once spotted dancing with a cowboy at a hospital charity ball. She was loved by her family and friends in Texas, who looked forward to listening to her stories, and particularly to her continuing tradition of hosting large dinners with beautiful table settings. Late in life, she most particularly enjoyed regular travel throughout Texas and the American Southwest with her family and friends.
She was a lifetime member of Advance Memorial United Methodist Church in Flatwoods.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Virginia Lemaster; her parents, Willard and Mary Nolan; and her husband, Lennon Spears of Culp Creek. She also was preceded in death by several loved pets, including Buck, Cindy, Bridget and Little Buck.
She is survived by her sisters, Ruby Fisher of Flatwoods, Ann (Bob) Howell of Thomasville, Ga., Thelma (Harold) Dillow of Russell and Phyllis (Gene) Wells of Russell. She is also survived by her son, Jeff Spears, and her daughter-in-law, whom she loved greatly, Michelle Spears of Salado, Texas.
Graveside rites will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at Bellefonte Memorial Gardens in Flatwoods by the Rev. Mark Wilson.
The viewing will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Bailey Family Funeral Home in Flatwoods.
She will be missed by all who knew her.
Condolences may be sent to baileyfamilyfuneralhome.com.