Judith Anne Spencer, beloved wife, mother, sister and grandmother, passed away Tuesday afternoon June 10, 2014, at Genesis East. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Judy was born on April 7, 1943, in Cedar Rapids, a daughter of William and Rosemary (Jacobi) Grunewald. She graduated from Washington High School in Cedar Rapids in 1961 and attended the University of Iowa, graduating in 1965 with a Bachelors of Music degree. She then began her teaching career, starting in the Rock Island School System.
In 1965 she met her husband, Roy Spencer, and they were married in 1967 in Cedar Rapids. They were blessed with three boys: Scott, Paul and Dan. Judy and Roy reared their children in Clinton, Iowa, and El Paso, Texas.
Judy's greatest passion was sharing her love of music with her students. Throughout her career, she touched many lives, teaching at schools in both Texas and Iowa, including Mater Dei High School in Clinton, St. Joseph's in DeWitt, Rivermont in Bettendorf and All Saints in Davenport. She won the Golden Apple award for excellence in teaching in 1998.
She was principal flautist with the Clinton Symphony Orchestra for forty years, soloing with the Symphony in 2002. She also played in the Muscatine Symphony Orchestra, Rock Falls and Augustana symphonies. In addition, she was a music contest judge and accompanist as well as playing in several pit orchestras in the area. She was a private flute and piano teacher for nearly fifty years.
Scott married Jennifer Jorgen in St. Louis in the fall of 2000, and they are the parents of Kendall, age 11 and Taylor, age 9.
Paul married Patricia McGrath in Chicago in the summer of 2000, and they are the parents of Ryan, age 11 and Lauren, age 8.
Dan married Nancy Godinez in Mexico in 2006, and they are the parents of Sofia, age 6, and twin boys, Max and Mateo, age 3.
Other survivors are her husband Roy of Davenport, her sister Marie and brother-in-law Jim Darby of Bettendorf, nephew Jeff Darby of El Paso, Texas, niece and goddaughter Kristin Lamb of Chicago, Roy's sister Roxanne of Winchester, Virginia, and her partner Jackie, Roy's brother Reid and his wife Nicole of Marshalltown, Iowa, and numerous grand nephews and grandnieces.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Online memorials may be made in Judy's name to the Clinton Symphony Orchestra Memorial Fund by using the safe and secure PayPal link below.
Checks made out to the memorial fund can be sent by mail to the following address:
Judy Spencer Memorial
PO Box 116
Clinton IA 52733-0116
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