Joan Marie (Becker) Spencer born April 25, 1931 in Indianapolis, IN to Mildred and Arnold Becker. She grew up on the family farm in Indiana and was very active in church, school, and 4H. Upon graduating high school, Joan attended Evangelical Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing and School of X-Ray Technology in St. Louis, MO. While attending school at Deaconess, she became friends with Dr. Roy Mitchell and his wife, Velma. Upon graduation from Deaconess, Dr. Mitchell invited Joan to come and work for him in Salem. After moving to Salem, she met and married the love of her life, Thomas Spencer. To this union, two daughters were born, Jane and Grace.
Joan is survived by her daughters, Jane Turner (and friend, Kevin Stroup) of St. Louis and Grace Huitt (Frank) of Rangely, CO; four grandchildren, Diana Turner, Clark Turner, Kristopher Huitt, and Ryan Huitt; and five great grandchildren, Rebecca Turner, Blake Turner, Mason Huitt, Easton Huitt, and Hayden Huitt.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Fisher House Foundation, www.fisherhouse.org.
Preceding her in death are her husband, Thomas Spencer; granddaughter, Sarah Huitt; mother and father, Mildred and Arnold Becker; and mother and father in law, Mabel and Carl Spencer.