FALMOUTH — Doris A. Spencer, 95, died of natural causes at her home in Falmouth on Sept. 27.
She was born in Providence, R.I. on Feb. 20, 1918, to H. Edward and Anna D. Anderson. She was the only child of Swedish immigrants and took great pride in her Scandinavian heritage and ability to speak the language. She was married to her husband, Edgar, for 70 years, and devoted her life to her husband, her children and many volunteer activities.
A gifted hostess, she was often found playing popular piano songs as her guests sang along. She and her family lived in Portland until 1962, then for seven years in Weston, Mass. In 1969, the family moved to Cape Elizabeth and then finally settled in Falmouth in 1977. In Weston, Spencer enjoyed her job as the parish secretary for the town’s Unitarian Universalist church. In Maine, she campaigned for the Community Chest/United Way, and served on the boards of the Junior League of Portland and Catherine Morrill Day Nursery. She was also a member of the Women’s Board of the Maine General Hospital and for two years served as its president.
She especially enjoyed scouring art exhibits and selecting paintings by local artists to decorate the walls of the hospital’s coffee shop. An active member of State Street Church for more than 40 years, she served on various committees and as a deaconess. For many years, she also enjoyed playing golf with her husband and friends at the Portland Country Club.
She was predeceased in 2010 by her husband, Edgar A. Spencer.
She is survived by her loving children, Suzanne and Jeffrey, of Portland; Nancy Lieber; and grandchildren Katherine, Elizabeth and Jonathan Lieber.
There will be a private memorial service for family members.