Ethel Mae Spencer, 99

Ethel Mae Spencer, 99, of Salisbury, Md., and formerly of Gumboro, Del., passed away in the care of Genesis HealthCare in Salisbury, Md., on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018. She was born on June 28, 1919, to the late Harvey W. Tyndall and Mary Hester Tyndall in Millsboro, Del.

Spencer held many jobs in her lifetime, including owing her own country store with her husband in Gumboro Del., running a poultry and grain farm near Pittsville, Md., working as a sales associate at Berger’s Ladies Shop in Salisbury Md., and being a homemaker.

She lived on Mt. Hermon Road for many years prior to moving to Sterling Care Harbor Point and attended Mt. Hermon UMC. Spencer was a “big time” member of the McDonald’s Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Club, where she entertained and played the harmonica. She was bubbly and happy all the time, and never met a stranger.

Spencer was married to the late Dyson Spencer, who preceded her in death in 1979. She was also preceded in death by her sisters, Beatrice Lynch Campbell, Gladys Carey and Lelia “Teenie” Donaway, and a brother, Elzey J. Collins. She is survived by two daughters, Gloria Davis and her husband, Russell, of Salisbury and Patricia Marsheck and her husband, Bruce, of Ocean Pines, Md.; a sister, Kathleen Bullock; her grandchildren, Sherri Renee Davis and Christopher Ryan Marsheck; a great-grandchild, James Rocky Viniard; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family members; and many friends.

A funeral service and celebration of Spencer’s life will be held at the Watson Funeral Home in Millsboro, Del., on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, at 2 p.m., with a viewing and visitation beginning at 1 p.m. The Rev. Milbourn Adkins and the Rev. Karen Sadvari will officiate. Interment will follow at Millsboro Cemetery. She loved flowers, and floral tributes are welcomed. Condolences may be sent online at