Centenary United Methodist Church
646 West 5th Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27102
Friday, Jul 13, 2018
May 10, 1926 - Jul 03, 2018
Nancy Clendenin Spach, 92, of 1351 Susanna Wesley Drive at Arbor Acres, Winston-Salem, NC, died on July 3, 2018. She was the beloved wife of Jule Spach, her husband of 69 years. She was born in Greensboro, NC, on May 10, 1926, to Mattie Lee Rives and Harry Hilliard Clendenin. She graduated from Greensboro High School in 1943. She graduated from Hollins College (now University) in 1947, where she was a member of the Honorary Society Freya. She taught kindergarten at the Methodist Children’s Home in Winston-Salem, NC, in 1948. She married Jule Christian Spach of Winston-Salem, NC, in September 1948, and from 1948-1949 she taught at Kirkwood Elementary School in Atlanta, GA. From 1951 until 1976, Nancy and Jule served with the Presbyterian Church US as educational missionaries in Brazil, where she was especially devoted to young people. In addition to raising her five children in a home filled with joy and kindness, she was involved in activities and teaching at the Colégio Quinze de Novembro (15th of November School) and the Instituto Bíblico do Norte (Bible Institute of the North) in Garanhuns, Pernambuco, Brazil. Nancy took part in an adult literacy campaign in northeast Brazil, participated in the Program of Christian Leadership in the federal capital of Brasília, and led many church activities while living in Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil. Returning to Winston-Salem in 1976, she served as a deacon at First Presbyterian Church, where she was also active in children’s ministry and the Women of the Church, receiving a lifetime membership award. Nancy assisted her husband in the development of the Arbor Acres retirement community (the Triad United Methodist Home), where she was the volunteer coordinator for several years. Later, as a member of Centenary United Methodist Church, she actively served on various committees and in women’s ministry, receiving another lifetime membership award. Nancy lived a life filled with love, and she especially cherished each of her family members. She is survived by her husband Jule Christian Spach; 5 children, including daughters Lynn Spach Lane (husband Edward Lane), Margaret Spach Cuningham (husband Robert L. Cuningham), Anne Spach Griffen (husband Thomas Griffen), Cecilia Spach Welborn (husband Gayland Welborn), and son Robert Clendenin Spach (wife Gail Robards Spach). She was predeceased by her infant son Jule Christian Spach III. Also surviving are 15 grandchildren and 41 great-grandchildren, as well as brother- and sister-in-law Dr. Madison and Cecilia Spach of Durham, NC. The family expresses deep appreciation to the remarkable caregivers who provided excellent, loving support to Nancy and the entire family: longtime helpers Happy Williams and Tonya Truesdale; the third-floor nursing staff at Asbury Place; and Staci, Linda, and Stella of Mount Eagle Health Care. A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 13 at 2:00 p.m. at Centenary United Methodist Church, Winston-Salem, NC. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Financial Assistance Fund at Arbor Acres (1240 Arbor Rd., Winston-Salem, NC 27104), or to the Missionary Friendship Fund of Centenary United Methodist Church (646 West 5th Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27102), or to a charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be made through www.salemfh.com.
James R. Jarrell
NANCY WELCOMED ME TO ARBOR ACRES AND I SHALL CHERISH HER CARING SPIRIT. WE SHARED A BOND THAT WE WERE NATIVES OF "THE GATE CITY" GREENSBORO, NC. I HAVE KNOWN THE CLENDENINS THROUGH EDUCATION AND BUSINESS.
"THERE IS A SWEET SPIRIT THAT WILL FOLLOW ME WHEN I THINK OF NANCY CLENDENIN SPACH."
Prayers to you all in the Spach family and beyond who shall miss this amazing lady. I am very glad I got to know her as her son's friend. Hope you find peace for yourself, Mr. Spach, as you move on after 69 years. God's Peace and my love.
Ann Goldman Lewis
I just wanted to send love to all of you. Mrs Spach was such a special lady. I will always remember her warmth and kindness. I am thinking of all of you and am so sorry for your loss. Love, Ann
To all the family, but especially for "uncle Jule" our love and prayers go out to you across the miles from southern Brasil.
Henry and I have only enjoyed God´s faithfulness in our marriage for 52 years. i can only imagine how your miss your lovely lady,after 69 years. But I believe that His grace will sustain you now. And Aunt Nancy has joined the "grandenuvem de testemunhas" of Heb.12:1.
We still remember you carrying our Matthew on your shoulders,as we visited the zoo during your visit to us during Henry´s last semester at Fuller Theological Seminary. You believed in our call to missions and for that we will be forever grateful. Henry just completed teaching Missiologia and Church Planting here at IPCaxiasdoSul. "We love what we do1"
Lottie, for both of us.
Ellen Stockton Coble
To all of Nancy’s family,
I remember Nancy’s loving and kind spirit from my very young age of around 4 when you all would come home every 4-5 years and we would all play together on Plymouth Avenue. Through the years she stayed just the same warm, giving, wonderful Nancy. I always cherished knowing her. My special prayers for all of you. With sympathy and love, Ellen
We are so sorry for your loss of a wonderful lady