Alice Spear, 95

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PORTLAND — Alice (Mottram) Spear, 95, died June 11 at The Cedars Retirement Community, after a lengthy illness.

She was born Nov. 11, 1919, in Portland, the daughter of Albert and Emily Mottram. Alice attended the Cummings School, and graduated from Deering High School in 1937.

During World War II, she was employed as a stenographer by the U.S. Navy in Portland and in Brooklyn, New York. After the war, she continued to work as a stenographer, with the Geo. C. Shaw Co. and with the London & Lancashire Scottish Union & National Insurance Cos. in Portland.

She was known for her graciousness and her cooking, and was an avid reader.

She married William C. Spear in 1945. He predeceased her in 1991. She was also predeceased by her sister, Hilda M. Lund, and her brother, Eric Mottram.

She is survived by two daughters, Doreen L. Spear and Diane H. Reid, both of Gray; a granddaughter, Lila Alice Reid, of Gray; and a niece, Emily Kelsey, of Marblehead, Massachusetts. 

Spear’s family would like to thank the staff, volunteers and hospice team at The Cedars for their compassionate care.

A graveside service will be held Friday, June 19, at 11 a.m., at Pine Grove Cemetery, 9 Waites Landing Road, Falmouth, with the Rev. Lawrence Weeks of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church officiating.

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