October 7, 1936 - April 23, 2018
Diana Prince Spence, 81, a resident of Ashland, Oregon, since 1993, died peacefully April 23, 2018 in the presence of loved ones after developing pneumonia while recovering from surgery. Her husband, Douglas Morcom Spence, died August 1, 2010. They had been married 54 years at the time of his death.
She was born October 7, 1936 in Los Angeles, California, the second eldest child of the Rev. Gilbert Parker Prince and Ellen Stevens Prince. She grew up in Southern California, graduated from the Westridge School in 1954, and briefly attended Pasadena City College before marrying Douglas Morcom Spence on June 23, 1956. She liked to say she was an unpaid clergy wife, since she had to help at her husband’s churches in Illinois and Pennsylvania. While living in Highland Park, Illinois, Diana was active in the community, where she taught English to Spanish-speaking housekeepers, who in turn taught Spanish to the instructors during their weekly gatherings. She was also a Human Relations Committee member and treasurer of the YWCA and the Highland Park Garden Guild.
She had a special fondness for Ashland, her chosen home of 25 years, where she enjoyed walks in Lithia Park, hikes on Grizzly Peak and Mount Ashland, plays at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, dining at downtown restaurants, working out at the YMCA, and the beautiful ambience of these hills and this community. She was also a member of the Osher Lifelong Learning Center and a long-time member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Ashland.
We will miss her sweet voice with its cadences of caring and love, her attentiveness to detail and planning that she could also laugh about, her joy in getting a Yahtzee, her passion for good governance and her annoyance with current political realities, her ability to see and cultivate beauty in her surroundings, and her gracious spirit that she shared so freely with those she loved and with any and all she came in contact with.
Diana is survived by her three children, John (Janice), Paul (Rose), and Anne; and three grandchildren, Noah Spence, Heather Spence, and Rodolpho Aguinaldo. She is also survived by her loving partner of the past five years, Roland Parker, to whom the family is especially grateful for his wonderful care. She was preceded in death by her parents, Gil and Ellen; her husband, Doug; her brother, Steve; and her sister, Penny Smith.
A memorial service is planned for Saturday, April 28, at 10:00 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, Ashland. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in her name to Trinity Episcopal Church, Ashland, or to the charity of your choice.