Stella L. Spicer

February 28, 1931 ‒ November 11, 2019

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Stella L. Spicer, age 88 of Mt. Vernon, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 11, 2019.

Stella was sweetly devoted to her family and friends. She was always available with a listening ear, words of encouragement and a quick wit. Her daughters are grateful for a lifetime of her unconditional love and her never-ending encouragement. She was always our cheerleader. Stella passed just two weeks after her husband, Jim. Stella and Jim loved being in their home and hosting family gatherings. In their living room their original wedding rings were displayed beneath a poem that read:

“Across the years

I will walk with you

In deep green forests:

On shores of sand:

And when our time on

Earth is through,

In heaven too,

You will have

My hand.”

She was born February 28, 1931 to the late George and Edith Madias. Stella graduated from Mt. Vernon High School in 1949. She worked as a beautician for many years and went on to teach cosmetology at Knox County Career Center for 20 plus years. She was loved by her students, many of whom thought of her as a second mother.

She is survived by her sisters Maria Feldman of Valley View, CA; Stamatia Mann of Berwick, OH, Martha Snyder of Mt. Liberty, OH and Teresa Bollens of Newark, OH. She is also survived by her daughters, Denise McGough (Mike) and Paula Spicer (Art Wagner), 13 grandchildren, Brian (Kacey) McGough of Hilliard; Trent (Brandi) McGough of Gahanna, Kelly (Nate) Duston of Mt. Vernon, Matt (Casey) Watkins of Cincinnati, Emily (Scott) Schwalich of Centerville, Tim Kirk of Columbus, Valerie Kirk of Chicago, Nikki Kirk of Cleveland, Daniel, Adam, Xavier and Gabriel Kirk of Wooster, James N. Spicer of Kettering and 9 great-grandchildren. She also precedes numerous beloved nieces and nephews. For many, she was their rock and confidant.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by daughters, Pamela Spicer-Kirk and Darla Watkins; her husband of 67 years, James Spicer; and her brother Nick Madias and sister Erina Welker.

Calling hours will be held on Monday, December 2, 2019 from 10-11AM at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home.  A service will follow, beginning at 11AM, with Pastor Marvin Haught officiating.  Burial will take place in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Stella’s name to New Directions,, an agency where her daughter Pamela worked and Stella continued to support.

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  • We were so very saddened to hear of Stellas passing. May the Lord comfort you and give you peace in this time of Sorrow.

    Terry and Pam Hissong

  • The family of Stella and Jim have my deepest sympathy. I remember Jim from the career center, and Stella was my Cosmetology instructor. She was such a nice lady and a great instructor. I can’t imagine the sorrow you are feeling, the lost of both parents so soon. May your memories of your parents help heal your hearts.

  • Our very deepest sympathies to the entire Spicer family. Both Stella and Jim were kind, caring and incredible people. Our thoughts and prayers sent to all of you at this time of such loss,
    Kathy, Marty, Greg and Lori (Ramsey) Riggs

  • Denise & Paula, So sorry to hear of your parents passing. Rest assured they are watching over you & smiling. Stella was my Cosmetology instructor & I graduated in 1994. She was such a loving person & she really loved her students. I can still hear her laughter. Cherish the previous memories that your parents left you. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Jan (Body) Lashley

  • Dear Paula and Denise,

    I am so sorry to hear of Stella’s death. I can imagine just how hard it is to lose both of your parents in such a short expanse of time. They were wonderful people. I will always remember them fondly.

    Thinking of you and your families,

  • Paula,

    I am so sorry to read of your incredible losses in such a short time. While nothing I say will ease what you are feeling, know that you and your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

    Hugs and Prayers,

  • Dear Spicer and Madias Families, We are so sorry about your double loss. We know that you will stick together and get through this as a family. Please know that you have many friends lifting you up in prayer. We are sending our deepest sympathy and friendship to all. Sincerely, Susan (Nah) and Dick Huggins/Fredericktown

  • My deepest sympathies to Stellas family, losing two wonderful parents in such a short time, but I have no doubts that Stella is right where she wanted to be, reunited again with her beloved Jim. They were an awesome couple, loved and admired by many , including me. I cherish our last visit when they came to visit me. I can still hear their laughter and voices as we recalled old times at
    the restaurant.. They have left behind a wonderful legacy in their children and grandchildren.The video was beautiful and a great keepsake for their loved ones. May God bless the families they left behind and bring them comfort in the days ahead.Love, hugs, and prayers, Mabel Weller..

  • Dear Family and friends, My deepest sympathies for the loss of your mother, aunt, sibling, grandmother, and friend. Stella was a lovely lady and very loved by all who knew her. She and Jim are together in love and peace. May your friends give you comfort At such a difficult time. Sending love and peace . She will be missed.

  • I am so sorry to hear of the passing of this sweet, sweet woman. My prayers and thoughts go out to all the family. Many will be deeply heartbroken by the void she and Jim leave in this world. I know they loved and touched everyone they came in contact with. God blessed me with the experience of their love and acceptance and they have forever touched my heart.