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1933 - 2018
July 8, 1933 - September 23, 2018 OKLAHOMA CITY Dena Joyce Spencer (Butterfield) went to be with her Heavenly Father on September 23, 2018. She was surrounded by her family and prayers. Dena was born July 8, 1933 to Ralph Edson Butterfield and Gladys Irene Butterfield at Deaconess Hospital in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Being the child of a minister, she lived in many towns and cities in Oklahoma including Guthrie, Enid, Green Valley, Tulsa and Oklahoma City. She graduated from Central High School in Oklahoma City in 1951. She then attended Central College in McPherson, Kansas. She married Melvin J. Spencer on March 1, 1952. She was a devout Christian, Sunday School teacher and lifelong member of the Free Methodist Church. Dena was an accomplished church pianist for many decades in Kansas City, Kansas and Oklahoma City, sang with the Sweet Adelines, volunteered at Deaconess Hospital and was a Campfire Girl Leader. She was a dedicated and wonderful full-time homemaker, wife, and mother. Dena was preceded in death by her father, Ralph Butterfield, her mother, Gladys Butterfield and sister, Charlette Thompson. Survivors include her husband of 66 years, Melvin Spencer, her daughter, Shelly (David) Goodnight, and her two sons, Dennis (Jana) Spencer and Gregory (Shari) Spencer. Grandchildren are Morgan Spencer, Stuart (Jade) Spencer, Reid (Esmeralda) Spencer, Nathaniel (Lauran) Spencer, Elizabeth (Sean) Jackson, Kristen (Kameron) Rosenau, Audra (Nick) Lee, Ethan (Maria) Goodnight, and Laura Goodnight. Great-grandchildren are Kalen Spencer, Georgia Spencer, Edson Spencer, Tatum Spencer, Trenton Spencer, Leighton Spencer, Lincoln Rosenau and Riley Jackson.A funeral service will be held at Resurrection Free Methodist Church located at 6000 North MacArthur in Warr Acres, Oklahoma at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, September 29, 2018.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Butterfield Memorial Foundation, 8308 North May, Oklahoma City, OK 73120 or www.butterfieldfoundation.orgOpen viewing will be on Friday, September 28, 2018, at Mercer-Adams Funeral Home in Bethany, Oklahoma between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m.Interment to be at Arlington National Cemetery in honor of her husband's WWII status as a Veteran and ex-POW. To share a memory or condolence, visit: www.mercer-adams.com www.mercer-adams.com
Published in The Oklahoman on Sept. 26, 2018
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