|Birth: ||Sep. 4, 1931|
|Death: ||Feb. 25, 2008|
Wife of Major Gen. Clyde W. Spence, Jr., U.S. Army (Ret.).
Daughter of William Ellis Davis & Maurine Delite (Wallace) Davis.
Mrs. Spence traveled around the world with her husband during his 32-year military service. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Enid, OK, and the Sooner Sunday School Class. They have three children and spouses: Kevin & Suzy Collins Spence of Virginia, Craig & Heather Spence Kennedy of Maryland, and Donald & Holly Spence Greene of Florida; grandchildren, Georgia & Shannon Spence and Scotty Greene.
Interment followed funeral services conducted at the Old Fort Myer Post Chapel, Arlington, VA, Wednesday, April 2, 2008.
The following obituary for Mrs. Spence appeared in an Oklahoma newspaper:
Mrs. Marilyn Davis Spence died Monday, 25 February, 2008. A funeral service will be held at the Henninger-Allen Funeral Home in Enid, Oklahoma at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 1, 2008. Her committal service will be April 2, 2008 at 3 p.m. at Fort Myer Post Chapel with interment following at Arling-ton National Cemetery.
Marilyn Maurine Davis Spence was born in Harlingen, Texas Sept. 4, 1931, to William Ellis Davis and Maurine Delite (Wallace) Davis and died Monday, Feb. 25, 2008, in Integris Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City.
She attended 12 years of school in the Canton Schools. After graduating valedictorian of her high school class, she attended the University of Oklahoma where she majored in Medical Technology and was a member of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority. She later attended Ladycliff College in Highland Falls, New York.
She returned to College at age 52 and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology, with a History Minor from Judson College in Marion, Alabama. After becoming interested in genealogical research, Marilyn completed courses at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama; then later researched in Northern Ireland, The Republic of Ireland, Wales, and England with the British Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research. She did a great deal of onsite research in the mid-Atlantic and South Eastern States, and spent many weeks in the Georgia Archives, the National Archives, the DAR Library in Washington, D.C., and in several of the major genealogical collections in the East, as well as in Salt Lake City.
Marilyn contributed articles to several family publications and was occasionally asked to do special research projects for a few of the editors. In addition to personal family research, her focus was directed toward increasing the membership of the Hereditary Societies, or lineage organizations, to which she belongs; this being done by helping in the research and preparation of application papers of prospective members. She was a Volunteer Genealogist for the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) and for the National Society of Colonial Dames of the 17th Century (NSCDXVIIC), and in the 1990s spent at least two weeks each year in Washington, D.C., verifying application papers and doing research for these organizations.
She held an office or chairmanship in several hereditary societies, at the Chapter, State, and National level. For the NSDAR, she was the first National Vice Chairman for Genealogy for the Units Overseas and for the Members at Large, and helped plan how Genealogists could be used to assist the Overseas Chapters. Marilyn was Registrar and Regent of the Margaret Lea Houston Chapter, Alabama DAR NSDAR, and served as District Director.
In Oklahoma she served as Frontier District Director, State Organizing Secretary, State Chairman as well as the Chapter Registrar and Vice Regent for the Enid Chapter, DAR. For NSCDXVIIC, Marilyn was Past Chapter President and Registrar of the Major John Stith Chapter in Alabama, and past Chapter President and Registrar of the Robert Coe Chapter in Enid, Oklahoma. She was Past State President, Past National Committee Chairman for National Defense, Past National Credentials Chairman, Past Organizing Secretary General and Chaplain General for the National Society Colonial Dames of the XVII Century.
She served as the Organizing Secretary National, Oklahoma Court President and Registrar for the Women Descendants of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery, as well as National Color Bearer. She also served the United States Daughters of 1812 as Librarian General, Oklahoma City Chapter President, Registrar and Oklahoma State President. She was active in other Hereditary Societies such as: Daughters of Union Veterans, Daughters of Indian Wars, Daughters of Colonial Wars, Dames of the Court of Honor, New England Women, Colonial Daughters of the 17th Century, Daughters of American Colonists, Order of Americans of Armorial Ancestry, First Families of Georgia, and Descendants of Loyalists and Patriots.
Marilyn is the wife of Major General Clyde W. Spence, Jr., U.S. Army, Retired. She enjoyed 32 years in the Army moving around the world with Clyde and rearing their three children. After General Spence retired from the Army, he became President of Marion Military Institute in Marion, Alabama, and Marilyn embarked on a new career of entertaining cadets, their parents and many Alabama politicians.
Marilyn and Clyde have three children and three grand children living in different parts of the United States. They are Kevin and Suzy Collins Spence of Hampton, Virginia, Craig and Heather Spence Kennedy of Silver Spring , Md, and Donald and Holly Spence Greene of Ormond Beach, Florida, and the prized grandchildren who are Georgia and Shannon Spence and Scotty Greene. She also is survived by a brother, Wallace Williamson Davis.
Marilyn was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Enid and the Sooner Sunday School class.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to the Cherokee Strip Heritage Museum, First United Methodist Church, or the American Heart Associa-tion. Donations may be sent to Henninger-Allen Funeral Home in Enid.
Arlington National Cemetery
Plot: Section 59, 3128.
Maintained by: Emily
Originally Created by: Buddy
Record added: Mar 10, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 34646786
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