Larkin Mortuary

Dorothy Ward Spackman

09/06/1920 - 08/20/2017

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Dorothy Ward Spackman passed from this life on August 20th 2017 from heart failure. She was born September 6th 1920 in Minersville, Utah to Luella Hall and Oliver Ward, the youngest of 7 siblings.  She moved to Provo, Utah after her mother died and was raised by Oliver and her step-mother Mae, with 3 additional siblings. She graduated from Provo High School in 1938.  She married the love of her life Thomas Dean Spackman on November 18th 1939 in Farmington, Utah.  They were happily married for 77 years.

She was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She served in the Primary and Relief Society. She was the quilting chairman for many years. She was a member of the Utah Daughters of the Pioneers North Hills camp, where she served as Chaplain.  She worked in the shoe department of the Paris department store for 15 years.

She loved to keep her hands busy. She is best known for hundreds of hand quilted quilts, most of which she lovingly gave away. She also crocheted, was an accomplished seamstress and a very talented cook. She was especially good at cooking all the game brought home by Dean from hunting and fishing trips. She wrote poems about every subject and made her “Dot’s Hi Notes” from pansies grown in her garden. She was always a gracious hostess and sprang into action to make sure everyone who came by was made welcome. She loved to gather her family’s histories and hand wrote many of their stories. She complied photo books of weddings, trips and family events.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Thomas Dean Spackman and her eldest daughter Sherrie Lou Spackman Morley.  She is survived by sons Michael (Claire Christensen), Richard (Suzanne), Robert (Jeannie), daughter Susan, son-in-law Roy Morley, 15 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren.

Viewings will be held on Friday August 25th, 6:00 – 8:00 PM at Larkin Mortuary 260 East South Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah and Saturday, August 26th at 9:00 AM at the LDS church at 589 18th Avenue, Salt Lake City, Utah, with the funeral service to follow at 10:00 AM. Interment and graveside service will take place at the Provo City Cemetery, 610 South State Street, Provo Utah, August 26th at 2:00 PM.

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  • Sending our thoughts and prayers to you Susan and your family at this time of grief. The few times we can out, we indeed felt the warm welcome of Dot in her home. Much love, The Carroll’s

    — Judy, Phil and kids Chris and Kaitlynn
  • To all of my Spackman cousins. I love each one of you so much. I’m so sorry about your sweet mom’s passing. The photos of the quilt covered pews was so awesome and such a tribute to Dot. She was always my inspiration and I wanted to grow up just like her.
    When Kathryn my oldest had her first Kidney transplant at the 21 she had her quilt with her in the hospital and we went down for a test and when we returned they had stripped the bed and with the sheets went her Aunt Dorothy quilt that she had with her the other 28 times that she had surgery. She was very upset. So a while passed and we were in Utah and visited Aunt Dot and she heard the story and went right to the basement and returned with another beautiful quilt. Your mom was always so loving and kind and tried to keep everyone happy. You all have been blessed to have her and you Dad in your lives as long as you have. My prayers for you all and your families. If you ever come to Kansas City please look me up.
    Love, Mary Lue

    — Mary Lue Kieffer
  • Dear family,
    I write this on behalf of all of us at the Ninth Avenue Salon. Dorothy was what I often referred to as “the spine/backbone” of that business.

    Her loyalty, her humor, her determination to join in and help make that business thrive will never be forgotten.

    Each one of us has a “Dotty” memory, that was a game- changer, whether is was something she said, or something she did.

    For me? I don’t know that I could have kept the business open for as long as we did, after the departure of Michael, had it not been for my “Dear Dotty.”

    It is with the deepest sense of love and loss that I write this, and I do not know if it will bring comfort, but all of you who helped her keep coming to the shop, we send our love.

    Your family accepted my husband and myself as “family.”

    These things are not forgotten.

    From every person who ever worked for/owned/got the chance to spend time with Dotty at the salon…

    …so much love and gratitude. And too many memories to count or list or write out.

    Dotty, if you’re reading this?

    Thank you.

    Brenda Sue Cowley
    and the Ninth Avenue Salon Family

    — Brenda Sue Cowley