MOUNT VERNON — Stella L. Spicer, 88, of Mount Vernon, passed away peacefully Monday, Nov. 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
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 Feb. 28, 1931, to the late George and Edith Madias. Stella graduated from Mount 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, Martha Snyder of Mount Liberty and Teresa Bollens of Newark.

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 Mount 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 nine 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 Monday, Dec. 2, from 10-11 a.m. at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home. A service will follow, beginning at 11 a.m., 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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The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Stella L. Spicer.