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Esther M. “Grace” Spory, age 79, formerly of Wayland and Kahoka, died Saturday, July 12, 2008 in Lexington Square, Keokuk, IA, where she had been a resident since 2005.

She was born June 21, 1929 in Van Buren County, Bonaparte, IA, a daughter of Roy A. and Bertha Edna Gibbs Parker, one of nine children.

On April 10, 1959, she married William (Bill) Eggers who preceded her in death on  October 24, 1988. She then married Roger W. Spory on June 8, 1990 in Wayland, MO, by Rev. Russell Branch.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters; four brothers; a step-son, William “Bill ” Spory; two sons-in-law; and a great-grandson.

Survivors include her husband, Roger W. Spory, of Keokuk, IA; two daughters, Linda Peterie Hymes of Minneapolis, MN and Susan Joyce Peterie Gilbert of Keokuk, IA; a sister,

Edna (Joe) Miller of Bonaparte, IA; stepsons and daughters-in-law: Jim Eggers (Lorene) of Lancaster, MO, Charles Eggers of Columbia, MO, Keith Spory (Marlene) of Edina, MO, and Sue Spory Houston (Jim) of Kahoka, MO; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Helen Spory, Lylah and Roscoe Bradbury and Earl Spory, all of Quincy, IL; 17 grandchildren; 13 great- grandchildren; special friend, Emma Stecker of Bonaparte, IA whom she loved like a sister; as well as several nieces and nephews and many cousins.

Grace was a housewife and companion. She was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church of Kahoka as long as her health permitted. She was blessed at the age of 60 with her marriage to Roger who said “her cooking got to his heart”. They had a one-of-a-kind relationship and a good marriage for both. She considered Roger the love of her life and her own special Angel. She loved to crochet, loved cardinals and riding horses. Her friends and family were most special to her.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 15, 2008, at 2 p.m. at Wilson Funeral Home in Kahoka with Rev. Matt Hoffman officiating. Mr. Marvin Cook was vocalist with special music “I’m Using My Bible For a Road Map” and “And the Roses Never Fade”.

Honorary Pallbearers were East and Beth Burke, Lynn and Tina St. Clair, Edgar and Evonne Adams, and Rex and Teresa Norton.

Pallbearers were David Fountain, Will Fountain, Grady Fountain, Seth Spory, Phillip Spory and Chris Plant.

Burial was in the Frazee Cemetery.

Visitation was held at Wilson Funeral Home from 4-6 p.m. Monday and after 9 a.m. Tuesday with family receiving friends Tuesday from 12:30 until time of services.

Memorials were suggested to the family.

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