Traverse City Record-Eagle


July 2, 2013

Margaret Jean Spoor

CADILLAC — Margaret Jean Spoor, 91, passed away peacefully June 29, 2013, at the Curry House in Cadillac with her family at her side.

Jean was born Nov. 21, 1921, to Hazle and Eva (Roth) Bird. She spent her younger years in Cadillac and later moved with her family to Traverse City, where she graduated from Traverse City Central High School. On Sept. 26 1938, she married Claude L. Spoor, who preceded her in death in 1979.

She was also preceded in death by her three sisters, Alice (James) Thirlby, Lois (Bernard) Osthaus, and Kathleen (James) Weiss; her son, Stephen, in 2005; and her daughter, Elizabeth “Liz” Deview, on May 15, 2013.

Jean is survived by her three daughters, Joan (Bernard) Geers of McBain, Merry Richardson of Cadillac, and Ruth (Daniel) Seelye of Albion. She is also survived by her son-in-law Richard DeView; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Jean loved music, singing with the Sweet Adelines and the church choir for many years. She was an avid reader and always completed the daily puzzles in the Record-Eagle. She also loved making quilts and working on quilts with the ladies of the Emanuel Methodist Church, where she was a very active member for all the years she lived in the Traverse City area. Jean was employed for many years by several Michigan banks and retired from Fifth Third in 1987. In 2005 she moved to Cadillac to be close to her daughters.

The family wishes to thank the staff and caregivers of Curry House and the nurses of Mercy Hospice for the wonderful care they provided.

A memorial gathering will take place on Monday, July 8, at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home at 1 p.m. Parish Assistant Judy Coffey will lead the service of remembrance. Friends are welcome to visit with Jean’s family on Monday from noon until the time of the service. Burial of Jean’s cremated remains will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in memory of Jean may be directed to the Mercy Hospice, 7985 Mackinaw Trail, Suite 100, Cadillac, MI, 49601, or to a charity of your choice.

Please visit to share your thoughts and memories with the family.

The family is being served by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

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