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“Our city was very blessed to have Donald and Marian Spencer. They were proactive change makers for Cincinnati.Whenever I saw them, even just at the...Read More »
1 of 16 | Posted by: Donna Luggen - Cincinnati, OH

“You have been so blessed to have such a wonderful mother, grandmother, great grandmother and family member in your life. May God continue to bless...Read More »
2 of 16 | Posted by: Yvonne Thornton - OH

“Our sincere thanks is to the most high God spoken of in the Old Testament ofa Holy Bible interpreted from a Hebrew letter. We trusted and we obeyed....Read More »
3 of 16 | Posted by: Lettie Davis - Cincinnati, OH

“You are in my prayers. Mrs. Spencer will surely be missed in this community by all. Love & peace to you. ”
4 of 16 | Posted by: Diane Gaitger-Thompson - OH

“I grew up in Avondale and we were proud that the Spencer's were Avondale residents. We knew how special she and her family were to our community. I...Read More »
5 of 16 | Posted by: Vickie Mc Mullen - Cincinnati, OH

“I hope you find it comforting to know that Marian Alexander Spencer will live long in the memories of those of us who knew her. ”
6 of 16 | Posted by: Lana Mitchell - Des Moines, IA

“May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. ”
7 of 16 | Posted by: A friend

“Our sincerest condolences to the Spencer family. I will always cherish our many meetings with Marion at her house., me bringing her favourite cheese...Read More »
8 of 16 | Posted by: Hirsh Cohen - Cincinnati

“May the wonderful memories of love and time shared with Marian, an extraordinary woman indeed who contributed so much love to others by her ninety...Read More »
9 of 16 | Posted by: A friend

“Miss Marian was one of the first people I was introduced to when I began work at the Freedom Center. After a few visits with her we became fast...Read More »
10 of 16 | Posted by: susan feamster - villa hills, KY

“A very wonderful role mother an advocate for all of us. Will be truly missed. ”
11 of 16 | Posted by: Carolyn Whitehead Brown - OH

“R.I.P. To A Hero ”
12 of 16 | Posted by: Tyrone Gunn - Fairfield, OH

“My condolences to the family and thank you for sharing her with the city of Cincinnati. ”
13 of 16 | Posted by: Danielle Hamilton - Cincinnati, OH

“Mrs. Spencer was a wonderful lady and did a lot for the people of Cincinnati. ”
14 of 16 | Posted by: Wilton Blake,I - Cincinnati

15 of 16 | Posted by: Deborah Pitts - Cincinnati, OH

“May God comfort your family during this time of grieving. You brought a shining light to the City of Cincinnati, for all your contributions to the...Read More »
16 of 16 | Posted by: Karen Garcia - Cincinnati, OH

Spencer, Marian Passed Tuesday, July 9, 2019 Age 99 years. Memorial Service on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 3:00 PM at 5/3 Bank Arena, University of Cincinnati. .Special online condolences for family and friends may be expressed at After ninety-nine years of service to her community, Marian Alexander Spencer died on Tuesday, July 9th. Surviving her husband of seventy years, Donald, Marian leaves behind her sons-Donald Jr. and Edward, grandchildren-Matthew, Oliver, and Bonita, great grandchild-Emmanuel, and her twin sister Mildred Malcolm. She will be remembered for her courageous and successful struggles against discrimination and prejudice, for her leadership and vision as a member of Cincinnati City Council, the University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees, and as President of the Cincinnati Chapter of the NAACP, and for her warmth and kindness to the thousands of people her life has touched. She humbly received virtually every award given by this City and was honored to have a public school, a downtown street, and a UC residential hall named after her. A private ceremony (JC Battle and Sons) for family and close friends will precede cremation. Her ashes will go to Fox Lake, Indiana where she summered and swam. A public Memorial Celebration of Marian's life will be held 3pm on August 10th at the 5/3 Arena of University of Cincinnati.