Sheila Doolan Spencer –

Sheila Doolan Spencer
Sheila Doolan Spencer

It is with deepest sadness that we announce the peaceful death of Sheila Doolan Spencer on January 13, 2023 at the Brandley House in Summerfield, Florida after a long and extremely brave battle with cancer. Her husband and daughter were by her side.

Sheila was born on April 27, 1950 in New London, New Hampshire to Stanley and Valitia West Doolan. She attended Newport Schools and graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Claremont, New Hampshire in 1968. She attended nursing school at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Nashua, New Hampshire.

She then met her future husband, Kevin Spencer, an aviation student. They married on July 25, 1970 in Newport, New Hampshire. The birth of their daughter Stacey followed and they lived in Nashua until 1975. It was around this time that Kevin made a career change to Lebanon, New Hampshire and they settled in Connecticut’s Upper River Valley.

Sheila then worked for over 40 years in a close-knit family business called Stinson’s Village Store in Hanover, New Hampshire. She quickly became a very popular member of the “family”. During her time at Stinson’s, Sheila was greatly loved, respected and admired by people in Hanover and the Dartmouth College community for her selflessness and smile. She often invited Dartmouth students who could not return home for the holidays to attend the Spencer Family Thanksgivings. She was definitely another Hanoverian institution. Her laugh was another story – it was all everyone was talking about!

Sheila never wanted for a pastime. She loved her baking, knitting, reading, tole painting and most of all her variety of plants. She was the ultimate “green thumb”! She was Christmas! She has decorated our home beautifully every holiday season. However, her true love was baking Christmas treats. Your Christmas cookies were simply an affair of the heart! She and her granddaughter Stella even baked Christmas cookies during our visit to Maine in the summer of 2021.
In 2001, Sheila and Kevin retired to Summerfield, Florida and became residents of Del Webb’s Spruce Creek Golf and Country Club. She immersed herself very quickly in the social life of this wonderful community. She has never met a stranger! Sheila’s walks with her cocker spaniel, Maggie, were an extension of her social life. She joined several clubs including Tea-Quila Rose, Garden and Book among others. Trivia on Thursdays was a huge hit for Sheila and Kevin I. Their love of knitting led them to give out many prayer shawls and lap blankets to the less fortunate. Her greatest love may have been water, be it by the sea or by the pool. She joined the “Waterbugs” and practically lived in the pools. She developed a love of golf and played with many different groups. They also played golf with many pairs groups – oh what fun!

Sheila and Kevin always looked forward to returning to the Upper Valley for the summer. They so loved the indulgence that the beauty of New England brought them! A traditional favorite of theirs was inviting friends and family to join them for the annual Quechee Hot Air Balloon Festival weekend. It was the best ever!

Words fail us to thank all her friends and acquaintances who stood by her during her illness. We’d like to name you all but would in all likelihood leave out a name or two, but you know who you are! However, you will always have a special place in our hearts for your love and compassion for Sheila.

Sheila was predeceased by her mother, father, sister Roberta Geoffrion, nephew Marc Geoffrion and Maggie.

Sheila is survived by her husband Kevin, daughter Stacey, granddaughter Stella, grandson Spencer, niece Nancy Geoffrion Barstow and husband Chris, brother-in-law Ted Spencer and his wife Patricia, sister-in-law Sallee Emond and her husband Edward Jr., brother-in-law Chris Spencer, several nieces and nephews and many other extended family members.

In lieu of flowers, we are asking that you make a donation on Sheila’s behalf to the Hospice of Marion County, Ocala, Florida. A Celebration of Life for Sheila will be held at a date and time to be determined.