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Patricia Ruth (Patty) Spain

June 28, 1932 ~ June 25, 2019 (age 86)

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Patricia Ruth (Patty) Spain, 86 of Poplar Bluff, passed away on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

Patty was born on June 28, 1932 in Poplar Bluff, the daughter of Samuel Clarence and Dessie Love (Head) Smith. She married Jerrel Max Spain on April 28,1951 in Poplar Bluff. Together they shared over forty-four years of marriage. He adored her and her cooking, frequently doting on her meals before he passed on February 11, 1996.

Patty was one of the oldest members of First Christian Church in Poplar Bluff, where she served faithfully. Patty worked at the Daily American Republic in the advertising department prior to becoming a full time homemaker and raising her children.

Patty thoroughly enjoyed singing and her beautiful voice graced many church services, weddings and funerals throughout the years. Patty spent most of her time reading and would typically read three to four books per week, mysteries were always her favorite. She also enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and was named the “Queen of QVC” by her grandchildren, who always knew where their birthday gifts were coming from. 

Patty’s greatest joy in life was her family with whom she loved to spend time. She was always bragging on them and their accomplishments, no matter how big or small.  She often cooked for them and celebrated them on their special days, never forgetting their birthdays, anniversaries and every holiday in between.

Survivors include, three children, Debbie (Jr.) Stacy of Poplar Bluff, Michael Spain of Wappapello and Sally (Mike) Clark of Poplar Bluff; seven grandchildren, Matt (Stacy) Stacy of Poplar Bluff, Sara (Darrin) Cole of Poplar Bluff, Justin Spain of Poplar Bluff, Josh (Kristen) Spain of Poplar Bluff, Holly (Jacob) Plunkett of Wappapello, Zachary (Alyssa) Clark of Poplar Bluff, Katlyn (Zach) Elsworth of Poplar Bluff; twelve great-grandchildren, Logan Kennedy, Megan Stacy, Mattilyn Stacy, Ava Stacy, Emmy Kate Cole, Max Henry Cole, Jerren Spain, Journey Spain, Jaxton Spain, Abbie Spain, Tobias Clark and Tanner Wade Clark. Patty is also survived by Sister-in-Law Whitty Smith and many close friends.

 In addition to her parents and husband, Patty was preceded in death by her brother, Samuel H. Smith, husband of Whitty Smith of Smith & Co.

Visitation will be held on Friday, June 28, 2019 from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at the First Christian Church, 1601 North Main Street, Poplar Bluff.

 A service celebrating Patty’s life will be at 12:00 p.m., following the visitation at First Christian Church, with Rev. Frank Chlastak officiating.

 Interment will immediately follow at Poplar Bluff City Cemetery.

 In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the First Christian Church of Poplar Bluff.

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June 28, 2019

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
First Christian Church of Poplar Bluff
1601 North Main Street
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901

Funeral Service
June 28, 2019

12:00 PM
First Christian Church of Poplar Bluff
1601 North Main Street
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901

Interment following funeral service
June 28, 2019

Poplar Bluff City Cemetery
1901 North Main Street
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901


First Christian Church
1601 North Main Street, Poplar Bluff MO 63901
Tel: 1-573-785-6446

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