Gwen Spencer, 79, Melvern: Feb. 27, 1939 – Sept. 1, 2018

MELVERN, Kan. – Gwen Spencer, 79, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, at Coffey County Hospital, Burlington, Kan. She was born on Feb. 27, 1939, in Bethesda, Md., the daughter of Harold and Carolyn Crum Duvall.

Gwen had lived near Melvern, Kan., since 1972, having lived in the Stull, Kan., area before that. Gwen was a homemaker, had worked for the H.G. Lee Co., Ottawa, Kan., for several years, worked at Casey’s General Store, Lyndon, Kan., for 19 years, and always helped on the family farm. She was a member of the Section Church of Christ, Osage City, Kan., and the EHU at Stull.

On Jan. 14, 1961, Gwen was married to Philip Spencer, in Lawrence, Kan. Philip preceded Gwen in death on Nov. 2, 2016.

Gwen is survived by her two sons, Patrick (Jeannie) Spencer and Philip “Rusty” (Bobbie) Spencer, all of Melvern; her daughter, Sherry (Steve) Higbie, Rantoul, Kan.; a brother, Charles (Barbara) Duvall, Douglasville, Ga.; a stepbrother, Ronnie Hall, Atlanta, Ga.; and nine grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at the East View Cemetery, Big Springs, Kan. The family will receive friends 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday at the Feltner Funeral Chapel in Lyndon.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Section Church of Christ, sent in care of Feltner Funeral Home, 818 Topeka Avenue, Lyndon, KS 66451. Online condolences may be left at

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