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Reverend Donna M. Spicer

October 3, 1929 - January 13, 2018

Reverend Donna M. (Westberg) Spicer, 88, was promoted to glory on January 13, 2018 at Guardian Angels in Hibbing, MN.

She was born on October 3, 1929 in Red Wing, MN to Algot and Ida Mae Westberg. She grew up in Red Wing and graduated high school there in 1949. She married John D. Spicer on November 24th, 1949. Together they attended The Salvation Army School of officers training in Chicago, Illinois. They were army officers for many years, serving in the Men’s Social in Minneapolis and Hillsdale. They also served in Petoskey, Michigan; Muscatine, Iowa; Eau Claire, Wisconsin and Waukesha, Wisconsin; as well as Albert Lea, Minnesota, then here in Hibbing, MN. They were instrumental in securing the current Salvation Army building in Hibbing. After they left The Salvation Army, they pastored numerous churches in the Midwest. Donna and her husband spent their entire lives serving the Lord and the communities they lived in. Upon their retirement they bought their small dream home in Ely, Minnesota.

Donna was an accomplished pianist and had the most beautiful singing voice ever heard. Her cooking and baking were above reproach and she enjoyed making meals for her family, friends, and each community they pastored at. She also taught piano, ceramics, and made beautiful porcelain dolls. Everyone loved her handmade quilts. Her sense of humor was well known. She loved a good clean joke; although she got them wrong at times.

As a daughter, wife, mother, grandmother (or gram), great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother, no one can begin to compare. She was the matron of the family and we were so richly blessed to have her in our lives. She lived her life loving the Lord; it was of upmost importance to her that all of her children and their children have a strong faith and live their lives as an example to others, always trusting God to direct their lives. Her memory will live on in all who knew and loved her. It’s hard to lose her, but heaven is brighter now that she is where she longed to be- sheltered in the arms of God.

She is survived by her daughters and son: Julie (Wayne) Smith, Jackie (Scott) Miller, both of Hibbing, Jae (Kraig) Wuori of Chisholm, and Tim (Kris) Spicer of Kansas, 19 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren and her rescue dog Maddie.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Reverend John D. Spicer; sisters, Hazel, Millie, and Charlotte; son, John “Doug” Spicer; and son-in-law, Scott Miller.

We, as a family, would like to thank the nurses and aides at Guardian Angels Health and Rehabilitation Center for the love and care they gave to Donna. She loved many of the staff there.


8 thoughts on “Reverend Donna M. Spicer”

  1. Marilyn Kaeli says:

    My sincere sympathy to Jae and family. Sounds like your mom was an amazing lady with a remarkable life.

  2. Joan Sanford says:

    She certainly was a unique Lady.
    Love and Prayers to Aunt Donna’s family.
    Love Always, Joan and Gary Sanford

  3. Patti Powers Goodreau says:

    We will all miss this beautiful woman, whom we all loved with all our hearts. (Even when you left me crying on the corner when you moved from Petoskey) (your story Donna)!
    Love you forever!
    Hugs and love to you all.

  4. Deborrah Gunder says:

    Jackie, I send my condolences to you & your family for the loss of your mother.

  5. isaac russell says:

    Even though I have never met you, I feel like I knew you though your daughter Jae, my God continue to bless you all with love and happiness. Isaac

  6. Rolly and Angel Horn says:

    Our condolences to Julie and her family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who knew this bright and beautiful soul. She will be fondly remembered and deeply missed.

  7. Denese Bremer says:

    Aunt Donna was definitely a lady of humor. The stories I remember hearing growing up will long be remembered. She was a great source of comfort to me when my dad passed away. I never forgot the words she said to me and I believe it helped carry me through that difficult time. Love you auntie. Give hugs and kisses to all the relatives in Heaven.

  8. Julie Jarmon says:

    I am truly sorry for the loss and pain that the Spicer, Westberg family and friends are feeling because of losing Ms. Donna recently in death. Most of us have had to endure the sorrow of losing a loved one in death. What helped me the most was prayer and faith in God’s promises like found here at 1 Corinthians 15: 26 and it tells us: “And the last enemy, death, is to be brought to nothing.” God’s kingdom that Jesus taught us to pray for at Matt. 6: 9, 10 will bring about these wonderful promises, including the resurrection. None of us are guaranteed tomorrow, but we are all guaranteed a resurrection. (John 5:28, John 6:40, John 11:23-25) I pray you will find comfort reading the above scriptures in your personal Bible and know you are in my prayers during this difficult time.

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January 20, 2018 at 3:30 PM
Chisholm Baptist Church, County Highway 5, Chisholm, MN, United States

Visitation begins at 1:30 PM