Janice Irene (Hesemann) Spurgeon, 77, of Raymore, Mo., formerly of St. James, passed away on Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, at Research Medical Center in Kansas City.
She was born on May 31, 1941, to Chester and Helen Ruth (Landwehr) Hesemann in Owensville and was raised on the family farm north of Owensville.
Janice married the love of her life, Doyle Spurgeon, on Sept. 20, 1958, at the United Methodist Church in Owensville. They raised their family in Chamois and later moving to St. James. She and Doyle shared many interests but particularly enjoyed fishing and summer evening motorcycle rides.
She was a member of First Church of God in St. James. She retired from her work as an administrative assistant at the University of Missouri Rolla (UMR) in the electrical Engineering Dept. She took great pride in her work and made several lifelong friends. Retirement gave her more time to pursue her love of quilting, resulting in many beautiful quilts and new friendships with others who shared her passion.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Chester and Helen Hesemann; husband, Doyle Spurgeon; sister, Avonell Hesemann; and grandson Dean Spurgeon.
She is survived by her daughter, Anita (Spurgeon) Sandwell and husband Don of Springfield; sons, David Spurgeon and wife, Deborah (Luetjen) of Mt. Sterling, Earl Spurgeon and wife Susan Walker of Peculiar, and Brian Spurgeon of Raymore; brothers, Nolan Hesemann and Clyde Hesemann and wife Lynn (Ritterbusch) all of Owensville; grandchildren, Jessica (Sandwell) Denkler and husband Brandon of Lohman, Adam Sandwell and wife Amy (Mongler) of Peculiar, Roy Spurgeon of Belton, and Nicole Spurgeon of Columbia; great-grandchildren, Makenna and Paige Denkler and Nan and Alfred Sandwell; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was loved by many and will be deeply missed by all.
Visitation will be on Saturday, Jan. 26 from 9-11 a.m. at Gottenstroeter Chapel in Owensville.
Memorial services will follow at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel with Rev. Kevin Sullivan officiating. Ashes will later be interred at Licklider Cemetery.