Mary Spears

mary spears
Mary Frances Spears, 58, was born January 14, 1962, in Milford, Delaware, and died June 16, 2020 in Moorhead, Minnesota. She lived in numerous states growing up, including Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, Oklahoma and Colorado, where she stayed and had her 5 children and married Shawn. They moved to Moorhead in 2000, where they lived until her death. Mary enjoyed reading, puzzles and watching movies, but what she loved most was being a mother and grandmother. Mary is survived by her husband, Shawn Spears; her children Theresa (David) Leonard, Melissa (Jacob) Butler, Mark (Megan) Meis, Chad (Crystal) Meis and her 13 grandchildren; her mother, Grace Miltenberger Meyers; and her sisters, Grace (Larry) Myers, Elizabeth (Sean) Gilligan, Karla (Chris) McGill, Kristin (Scott) Armstrong, Connie Pflipsen, and Michelle (Joseph) Swatzki. She was preceded in death by her twin sister Rose Emma Olsen, her son Joshua Meis and her father, Walter Olsen. Services will be held Monday, June 22 at Boulger Funeral Home in Fargo. Viewing will be from 1 to 2 with memorial service at 2. Mary's Live Stream can be viewed below today starting at 1:45 P.M.:

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  1. You are missed Mary. Good Memories come from our time working together. Shawn, anything I can do to help you through this time, please do not hesitate to ask.

  2. My second mom growing up, I can’t even describe how I feel. But memories, the flood me. From staying the night, to having dinner and being told that I have to take a no thank you helping of peas even though I thought I’d puke, to eating cake batter after we asked as long as we didn’t add the eggs. My childhood was filled with so many memories of you, and now ai will hold onto those. Until we see each other in Heaven.

    Love Always, FunnyFace

  3. I am so terribly sad to hear of Mary’s passing. Mary was such a quiet, gentle soul. She was a dear neighbor and always had a friendly wave from her front porch. Her love for her Grandchildren was apparent to all and her grandkids knew it the best…they loved their Grandma Mary. She will be missed by so many people that loved her and I know I will still be looking for her out on the front porch offering me a friendly wave….. be at rest Mary & know how deeply you are loved & missed.
    Lisa McDonald
    Neighborhood friend ❤

  4. Our deepest sympathy, thoughts, prayers and love are with you all during this time of loss. We have very cherished memories of Mary Frances in her early growing up years and our college days and what a very sweet, dear and sincere person she was always!! God bless you all and Angels round you always!! Love and prayers, Carol and Durwin Hermanson, Family Friends

  5. You will be forever missed Mary but you will live on in the hearts of your family. You were an amazing Grandmother to my children and I will be forever grateful. Our annual trip to Moorhead will never be the same, I will miss joking about your fear of spiders. Rest in Peace Mary.

  6. R.I.P.

    the first to hold your hand and heart forever. I love you momma. Thank you for everything.

  7. Grace, Liz and Karla, my heart goes out to each of you and to Mary Frances’ children and grands. The memories shared at her service prove that she had not changed a bit from the Mary Fran that I once knew as a kid. I think of all of you often and grateful for the happy innocent times we shared. Love to all. Renee Currie Pommell

  8. So very sad to see this news. My thoughts and prayers are with each of her loved ones. Sincerely, Carole Hoyer Nichols

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