Luvena Mae Spires

November 07, 1941 ‒ October 03, 2021

Delaware, Ohio

Luvena Mae Spires, 79, of Delaware passed way early Sunday morning, October 3, 2021 at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus.

She was born November 7, 1941 in Jackson, Ohio to the late Arnold Jones “Buck” and Dorothy Elizabeth (Freeland) Eubanks and graduated from Gallia High School. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Rio Grande and her Master’s Degree in Education from Ashland University.

Luvena retired in 1994 after working for over 32 years as a school teacher at Big Walnut Schools. An avid painter, she also enjoyed traveling in her RV and spending time at Cross Creek Campground in Delaware.

Left to cherish her memory is her son, Ryan Spires of Sunbury; brother, John “Ed” (Carolyn) Eubanks of Union; sister, Gloria (Jim) Arnold of Johnson City, Tennessee; nieces, Mary Arnold, Laura (Tim) Hodge and Kim (Eddie) Monet; nephew, Jeff (Jeannie) Eubanks; great nieces and great nephews.

A memorial gathering will be held on Friday, October 22, 2021 from 4 – 5 pm at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Drive at W. William Street, Delaware, where a time of sharing about Luvena’s life will follow at 5:00 pm. The services will be livestreamed and can be viewed by visiting

The family will then host a reception and time of additional fellowship in the Snyder-Rodman Community Room.

Contributions in Luvena’s memory may be made to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio, 711 E Livingston Ave., Columbus, OH 43205.

The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center is honored to serve the Spires family.

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  • She was one dear friend. So honest and everyone knows it was a joy to be in her presence. We will miss her dearly. Have great memories of us camping together

  • Luvena, you were such a special neighbor to me and Luke and Jacob. So many memories of my boys with Ryan! Ryan, you were truly blessed with a great Mom. Our last night in the neighborhood, with just a few boxes in the garage left to move, your Mom walked up the driveway with Sloppy Joes and Snickerdoodles and we shared a final half hour reminiscing over classic Luvena specialties! A special place in my heart always.

  • A wonderful kindergarten teacher that remembered me when I came in to be the substitute teacher for her fourth grade class. Thank you, Mrs. Spires!

  • My two older boys had Mrs. Spires for kindergarten. They both had a good experience. I was always impressed how she balanced discipline and kindness. She was a really engaged, steady presence in the classroom.

  • Luvena and I spent several years as fourth grade teachers at Harrison St. She was truly a wonderful friend to me. As she retired and started on her travels, I knew she would become a friend to so many more—kids and adult alike. She will be missed.

  • Dear family,
    Luvena was a great teacher and and person. She introduced one of my sons into education at BW. She will be missed. God bless you all.

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