Patricia M. Spencer

Patricia M. Spencer passed away peacefully on October 28, 2014 at the Monarch Center in Saco, her children by her side. Pat was born and raised in England, and spent World War II serving as an officer in the Women’s Auxiliary Corp, where she worked in an anti-aircraft unit on southeast coast of the country. This is where she met her husband, a radar expert in the U.S. Army.

Pat had two enduring passions – gardening and bird-watching. She was a talented gardener who designed, planted, and maintained extraordinary gardens at the three homes she lived in. Beginning with bird-watching around the neighborhood when her children were young, she developed a life-long fascination for the avian world, spending the next several decades dedicated to the pursuit of learning all she could. She made frequent trips with friends to exotic places on every continent, including Antarctica and north of the Arctic Circle. Her life list of almost 10,000 birds observed was a particularly proud accomplishment.

Pat was predeceased by her husband, Kendall H. Spencer. She is survived by her son, John K. Spencer of Topsfield, MA, and his family (wife Judy, children Alan and Erin) and her daughter, Jane Spencer-Sears of Cape Elizabeth, ME, and her family (husband Jack, children Sean, Matthew, and Kaziya).

There will be no public memorial service. Memorial donations can be made to The Nature Conservancy (attn: Memorial Giving, 4245 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22203).