FORT WORTH -- Mary Jane “Mimi” Reineke Spears passed away peacefully early Wednesday morning, January 31, 2018, surrounded by her loving family. With her Lord’s blessing, she will be reunited with her beloved Billy. Mrs. Spears was 91. SERVICE: A celebration of her life will be held at 3 pm Monday in the sanctuary of University Christian Church, 2720 S. University Drive. Family and friends will gather in the church’s Gallery Area immediately following the service. She will be laid to rest in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio. Mary Jane’s seven grandsons will serve as bearers for their “Mimi”. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, consideration of contributions to University Christian Church in honor of Mary Jane Spears or to the South Central Alliance of Churches, 2101 Hemphill St Fort Worth, TX 76110, in her memory, is suggested. Mary Jane was born May 14, 1926 in Kansas City, Kansas, the daughter of Olive and Robert Reineke. They soon moved to Fort Worth where she was raised with her brother, George B., and sister, Joan, at the family’s home in the Mistletoe Heights neighborhood. She attended R. L. Paschal High School from which she graduated in 1942. After graduating from high school, she attended TCU for one year before joining the Red Cross efforts during World War II. It was during her time driving for the Red Cross that she met the love of her life, William Walter Spears, a pilot in the Army Air Corps. They married in September of 1944. She and Bill settled in Fort Worth where they raised their family of three children. Mary Jane’s was a life of true service. She was devoted to her husband, her children and her many grandchildren, her church and her volunteer activities. It was her mission to make others happy. She had countless friends, as Mary Jane never met a stranger and was always involved in some form of social group. Her favorite activities in life involved attending church and bible study at University Christian Church, volunteering at the South Central Alliance of Churches, playing bridge with her closest friends and doing absolutely anything that involved her grandchildren. Mary Jane and Bill established a tradition that they would take all of their grandchildren to Disney World when the kids were old enough. They made these trips driving to Florida in a van with the kids which may have been more fun than the actual time they spent at Disney World. The grand kids all cherish these memories. Mary Jane and Bill were longtime members of Colonial Country Club where Bill served as tournament chairman in the late 1970’s and Mary Jane served as a tournament volunteer. Her family wishes to give special thanks to the many care givers of VITAS Hospice. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and brother, George. SURVIVORS: In addition to her children and their spouses, George and his wife, Susan, Bob and his wife, Pat, and Cathey and her husband, Glenn, Mary Jane was “Mimi” to 13 grandchildren, Grady, Shannon, Paige, Megan, Chance, Lindsay, Kimberly, William, Jason, Zach, Summer, Hunter and Patrick; and 21 great-grandchildren; and sister, Joan. She will be incredibly missed by all that knew her.
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