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Nancy Hamilton Spaeth was born in Blytheville, Arkansas, the youngest of six children, at the end of the depression. After the death of her father, her mother’s health declined and she could no longer care for the children and Nancy was adopted, becoming the only child in her new family. Nancy was graduated from high school in Blytheville.
In 1950, Nancy married George Spaeth. While on their honeymoon, the Korean War began and George joined the Army. They had the opportunity to live in five different states. After active duty, he continued in the Army Reserves as an Airborne Green Beret, retiring at the rank of Major. Following his military career, he returned to banking, which brought them to Webb City in 1977.
The Spaeths were married for 59 years when George passed away. To this union were born three children: Laura Spaeth Lindner (deceased), Larry Spaeth of Joplin, and Linda Spaeth George of Colorado.
Nancy loves reading (averaging 200 books per year), gardening, music, sewing, and china painting. She has volunteered since 1990 with our Kindergarten classes, first at Franklin and then at Madge T. James. She is a faithful volunteer, spending at least two days a week being “Grandma Nancy” to approximately 200 students each year. Nancy has a heart for those who struggle, which has led her to donate needed items to Webb City CARES, as well as the Broken Road ministry for women.
Being a cancer survivor since 1997, she uses her sewing skills to make caps for cancer patients, adults, and children. To date, she has made over 4,000 caps, all of which she donates. Also, through the Ronald McDonald House, she has made 517 blankets and 962 shirts to be given to the NICU for premature babies.
Nancy loves the community in which she lives. The Foundation is pleased to honor Nancy for her many contributions to the community.