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Alpha Pearl "Sis" Spear, 82, of Flintstone, passed away Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center.
Born Sept. 21, 1935, in Cumberland, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Nina (Perrin) Bender. Alpha was the last surviving member of her immediate family. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her first husband, Kenneth Park; husband, Floyd Spear; brother, Harold "Sonny" Bender; sister, Virginia Helmick; and granddaughter, Ashley Walker.
Alpha graduated from Fort Hill High School in 1953. Growing up, Alpha was involved in the 4H program. After high school, she participated in programs for nurses-in-training. Later, she worked as food manager for the department of juvenile justice and retired in 1998. After retirement, she began working for Chick-fil-A when the restaurant opened in downtown Cumberland until 2008. She was a member of the Flintstone United Methodist Church, and in her free time, Alpha enjoyed sewing and gardening.
Surviving are daughters, Kimberly Yingling and husband Ed, Artemas, Pa., and Valerie Spear and husband Michael, Flintstone; grandchildren, Myrle Dodson and wife Alieta, Smithsburg, Melvin Dodson, Smithsburg, Meghan Naylor, Flintstone, Ariana Spear, Flintstone, and Ava Spear, Flintstone; great-grandchildren, Allison Walker, and Adam Walker; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Friends will be received at the Scarpelli Funeral Home, P.A., 108 Virginia Avenue, Cumberland, on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, from 4 to 7 p.m. A funeral service will be conducted at the funeral home on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Patricia Bittner officiating. Friends will be received one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Sunset Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Alpha's name may be made to Ark of Hope Animal Rescue, 13400 Arctic Ridge Lane, Oldtown, MD 21555.
When I am gone, release me, let me go - I have so many things to see and do. You mustn't tie yourself to me with tears. Be thankful for our beautiful years. I gave to you my love. You can only guess how much you gave to me in happiness. I thank you for the love you each have shown. But now it's time I traveled on alone. So grieve a while for me, if grieve you must. Then let your grief be comforted by trust. It's only for a time that we must part. So bless the memories within your heart. I won't be far away, for life goes on. So if you need me, call and I will come. Though you can't see or touch me, I'll be near. And if you listen with your heart, you'll hear all my love around you soft and clear. And then, when you must come this way alone, I'll greet you with a smile, and say - "WELCOME HOME!"
Condolences for the family may be left at www.ScarpelliFH.com.
Published on February 24, 2018
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