DeNiece Spencer - October 10, 2012DeNiece Pitcher Spencer, 83, of Aurora, formerly of Cache Valley, Utah, died Oct. 10, 2012, to return to her eternal home and much anticipated reunion with her Heavenly Father and Savior, Jesus Christ. She will also be greeted by her husband, Robert, her parents and many other loved relatives and friends.
DeNiece was born at her family home in Smithfield, Utah to Nathan Herbert and Gwendolyn Mouritsen Pitcher on Dec. 5, 1928, the fifth of six children and only daughter. She grew up in Smithfield where she attended elementary school. She graduated from North Cache High School and LDS Seminary in Richmond, Utah, in 1947. She also attended Utah State Agricultural College in Logan.
DeNiece has always been an active and dedicated member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and has served in various callings and assignments. Her special love was being involved with music and hymns. She spent 18 months as a missionary in the Northern California Mission from 1951-52, and served in Modesto and Fresno, Calif., as well as Klamath Falls, Ore.
DeNiece worked at various jobs in Cache Valley, Utah and made many life-long friends, especially during seven years of employment as an office worker at Logan LDS Hospital, just prior to her marriage in 1962.
She met her husband, Robert Merle Spencer on Christmas Day, 1955 at church in Trenton, Utah and they married seven years later on June 27, 1962 at the Logan Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. After their marriage, they lived on the Spencer family farm near Aurora.
In her later years, DeNiece enjoyed communicating with her circle of close friends and family, both near and far. She dedicated her final months to organizing and writing family histories.
At her passing, DeNiece looked forward to being reunited with the many dear ones who have preceded her in death: her husband, Robert; parents; three older brothers, Willard, Boyd and Weldon; sisters-in-law, Blanche (Boyd) Pitcher, Rheabelle (Budd) Pitcher; and her beautiful daughter-in-law, Stacie (Depner) Spencer, who was mother of six of DeNiece’s grandchildren; also, many ancestors who have become dear to her through family histories and treasured stories. Two other dear friends in her life were Lula R. Mortensen, who DeNiece credits with much enrichment and influence for good; and, Lottie Ayers of Modesto, Calif. who adopted DeNiece into her Cherokee family and gave her the Indian name of “Red Wing.”
Survivors include her three children: Ronald (Suzanne) Spencer of Aurora, Terese Nielsen of Temple City, Calif.; and Terence Spencer of Milford; her grandchildren: Nial, Erik, LeAnna, Leigha, Evan, and Larisa of Nebraska, and Lars Nielsen of Los Angeles; two brothers, E. Budd Pitcher and Orvid (Marva) Pitcher of Smithfield, Utah; sisters-in-law Merlynn (Weldon) Pitcher of Smithfield, Utah, Seletta (Willard) Pitcher of Salt Lake City, Utah and Marlys Christensen of Valentine; many nieces, nephews and cousins.
DeNiece and her family wish to thank those who provided compassionate and professional care during her illness.