Marion Otis Spears

June 12, 2013 • Obituaries

Memorial services will be held for Marion Otis Spears, of Roswell, at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 14, 2013, at Westminster Presbyterian Church with Pastor Randy Nolen officiating. Military honors will be provided by Roswell Veteran’s Honor Guard.

Marion Otis Spears passed away on Wednesday, June 12, 2013. Mr. Spears was born in Boswell, Okla., on Dec. 8, 1913, to John Marshall Spears II and Nina Gertrude Alewine Spears. [auth] He was 99 years of age and was loved by all who knew him.

When he was 9 years old his family moved by train to Tahoka, Texas. He served in the Air Force during World War II as a glider pilot instructor.

He obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. After serving as head teacher and principal in several west Texas towns, he was superintendent of Tahoka public schools for three years. He retired from the Texas school system and moved to New Mexico where he was a classroom teacher for three years in Ruidoso area. He then became superintendent of the Quemado school system. After a three-year tenure there, he went to llo, Peru, where he was the head teacher for American dependents whose parents worked for Southern Peru Copper Corporation.

After returning from Peru, he had various jobs in his retirement, including working as a mobile tool salesman to having his own cleaning service with his wife, Christine.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Monty Gail; sisters Winnie Bartley and Lois Jaynes; brother, Wayne; and granddaughter, Wendy Spears Fitzpatrick.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Christine, of the family home; two sons Terry Spears and his wife, Cheri, of Bartlesville, Okla., and Tom Spears and his wife, Jona, of Grants; one stepson, Barry Williams and his wife, Maria Cristina of Portland, Ore.; two step-daughters Susan Arvizu and her husband, Bobby, of Whidbey Island, Wash., and Hazel Yoshida of Menifee, Calif.; stepchildren Ian Williams of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and Shirley Williams Yuen of Victoria BC, Canada; 13 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Please take a moment to share your thoughts and memories with the family in the online register book at

Services are under the direction of Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory.

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