Obituary of Berna Spencer Berna Shawver Spencer of Lilburn, GA, went to be with her Lord and Savior, April 1, 2017, at Peachtree Christian Hospice in Duluth, GA. She was born on June 24, 1938 in the “hollers” (hollows) of Frametown, WV, to Jerald and Mildred Shawver. Berna learned self-discipline and hard work growing up on the family farm, including poultry barns. She walked three miles each day one way to catch the school bus to ride 13 more miles to school. She walked even in rain, freezing cold weather and snow on the ground, to catch the bus for school. She attended Gassaway High school, Gassaway, WV, graduating as valedictorian. Then, it was on to Glenville State College, Glenville, WV, on a teaching scholarship, and she graduated in three years with honors in 1960. To complete her education, she achieved the Master’s Degree in secondary education/business education at West Virginia University. She assumed a teaching position in business education at Parkersburg High School, Parkersburg, WV, for two years. In 1962, she married Pete Spencer, of Richwood, WV, and moved to Avondale Estates, Georgia and the next year to Tucker, Georgia to their first house. She accepted a position at Avondale High School, in Avondale Estates, GA, where she taught business education for 37 years. She served her last four years before retirement as Chairman of the Business Education Department at Avondale High School. Most years, at least one or more of her student(s) competed in statewide accounting contests, with some winning the state title and two taking the national title. The many students who called and came to visit her after retirement are testimonies to their love and respect for her. After retirement, she enjoyed the ADK sorority, church work, and she loved traveling in the USA and internationally. Most of all, she loved gardening, and only recently completed a two year term as President of Ladybugs Garden Club of Lilburn, GA. Berna and a long-time friend initiated the Ladybugs’ project of planting and maintaining the Camp Creek Greenway Trail’s 16 gardens in Lilburn over the past seven years. She served actively in the DeKalb Federation of Garden Clubs, regularly working at the Yellow Daisy Flower Show and taking home numerous awards. She was a steadfast, Godly, gentle person who loved her church and is known for her love and compassion for her many friends and family. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Jerry Shawver, of Parkersburg WV. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Pete Spencer of Lilburn, GA, her sister, Joan James and spouse, Ed James; and sister-in-law, Judy Shawver, both of Parkersburg, WV. She has many loving and caring nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews who have been of great help and comfort in her time of her illness. There will be a Memorial Service at Stone Mountain First United Methodist Church at 5312 West Mountain Street on April 15, at 2:00 p.m., followed by a reception in the Family Life Center. In lieu of flowers, the family requests gifts to Stone Mountain First United Methodist Church, Stone Mountain, GA. 4/2/2017

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  1. Mrs. Spencer and I worked together at Avondale High School for 25 years. She was a great teacher and friend. She will be missed so very much. May God Bless!

  2. Jim and I were classmates with Berna and Pete at Glenville State College back in the 60’s. We attended their beautiful wedding and followed them to Georgia to teach in Atlanta for a year until we became homesick for West Virginia. We are sad that Pete has lost Berna way too soon.

  3. Berna was a niece of mine that I loved like a sister. She was nearer my age than my sisters, she and Joan were like sisters to me. I loved the ( chats) as Berna called it we had fairly often. So glad she and Pete stopped by to visit last July I will truly miss her, Thanks Pete for bringing her, love you Pete.

  4. Mrs Spencer was absolutely one of my favorite teachers of all time and THE reason I became a CPA!. She was truly loved and will be missed!. We have lost an angel..

  5. Will so miss this lovely lady and her quick wit and sense of humor. A gifted gardener who shared her insights and experience with we novices. Peace and love always Berna. Pete, you are a rock of a good man. I pray mine will tend to my needs to the end as you so bravely did for your wife.

  6. Berna was one of the first neighbors we met in Woodfall–even before we moved in. She was a kind and encouraging neighbor, a good friend and an influence on many people. She inspired us with her positive attitude and spirit. Her kind, caring and gentle spirit will be missed by all. Our thoughts and prayers are with Pete and her loved ones. Jim and Debra Smith

  7. My life has a hole in it that Berna filled. A sister of my heart and one of the sweetest women I have ever known. Ming will not understand where she has gone.

  8. Berna was such a loving person who made me feel special. I am so grateful to have been blessed by her friendship and kindness!

  9. My heart is broken because of the loss of a wonderful neighbor and friend. Berna always had a smile on her face and had such a kind and caring heart. She came to many of my chorus programs through the years which meant much more to me than she probably ever knew. There will be a huge void at Bunco without her. Prayers and a big hug to Pete. She will be greatly missed by all of us.

  10. We are so sad to hear of the passing of Berna. She was such a sweet and caring friend. Hugs to you Pete.

  11. Berna was the kindest, most thoughtful neighbor and friend anyone could have. I miss her more than I can say.

  12. Such a lovely picture of her. It mirrors what was inside – a warm, beautiful spirit. I will miss our good times together. My heart breaks for Pete and all of us who lost a wonderful friend.

  13. I love Berna (and sweet Pete) and am SO blessed to have known her as a friend and neighbor. She was one of a kind – THE sweetest, most caring, gentle, and beautiful person I’ve ever met, on the inside and out. She will always be in our hearts and minds. Normie and Tim

  14. My heartfelt condolences in the loss of this very special woman who touched many lives! I have such fond memories of our family gatherings at the Shawver’s and the Mollohan camp on Elk River! Although I hadn’t seen Berna for many years, I fondly recall what a sweet gentle spirit she was! May you find comfort in all the loving memories you made in your 54 years of marriage, Pete! My deepest sympathy to all the family and may you find peace in knowing she has gone on to be with her loved ones in the arms of her Heavenly Father!

  15. I knew her for such a short time but she touched my heart in such a special way. Then I found out that she taught a dear friend of mine years ago at Avondale High School. They both glowed when they spoke about each other. She’s a seed planter – making flowers, ideas and souls grow and glow!

  16. So sorry for your loss Pete…there was always an “Aunt Berna and Uncle Pete” as part of the neighborhood when we were growing up on College Parkway in Parkersburg, WV. A part of my childhood has just passed ?

  17. The world has lost a gentle and kind soul with Berna’s passing. Pete, we know your heart must be broken, but we also know you can be comforted by your memories of the many wonderful moments you shared together. You were one smart cookie to have found and married such a loving person as Berna was.

  18. Dear Pete, We are thinking of you and so very sorry for your loss. Berna was a wonderful, loving person that did so much for so many. She had such a lovely way to show concern and give attention to small details that made such a difference. We will all miss her hugs, her smile and her great attitude. We were so lucky to get to know her. She was truly one of God’s earth angels.
    You are in our prayers.
    Ed and Karen Shires

  19. Pete, we have loved living next door to you and Berna these 17 years now. No one could ask for better neighbors and friends. We’ll miss Berna’s cheerful spirit and down-to-earth wisdom, but we know we’ll see her again in Glory. I know you’re encouraged too by our common hope in Christ. Let us know if you need anything or if we can help you in anyway as you get used to life without your wonderful bride.

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