Audrey Mae SpencerSpencer Historical CemeteryHenry Straight / William Spencer Family Cemetery
Vaughn Historical CemeterySpencers of East Greenwich, RI
23 February 2003

Brenda Elaine MacDonald

The Death of  Brenda Elaine (née West) MacDonald

Brenda Elaine (née West) MacDonald (1939-2003), Audrey’s first daughter-in-law and married to Audrey’s eldest son, Spencer, died  February 23, 2003 in Coventry, Rhode Island.  Brenda and Spencer raised two daughters, Lisa Gayle and Julie Ann.

Brenda, born on a farm on Hope Furnace Road, was the daughter of Elmer and Bertha West. During High School, Brenda worked as waitress at Remington Ice Cream in Hope, Rhode Island, and before her retirement in 1998, she worked as Secretary/Office manager at H&H Lace Processing in Hope, R.I. for 22 years.

Brenda was a charter member of the Valley Squares [Square Dancing] and had bowled [Duckpins] for 40 years on the Sunshine Girls Bowling League. Brenda was very involved in Shephard of the Valley Methodist Church in Scituate, Rhode Island. As an advocate for the Rhode Island Breast Cancer Coalition, she had attended the national Breast Cancer Advocacy Training Conference in Washington, D.C.

Brenda’s Memorial Service, with hundreds of guests attending, was held on March 1, 2003 at the Shephard of the Valley United Methodist Church, Seven Mile Road, Hope, Rhode Island.

24 February 2003

Elwyn Orman Bean

The Death of  Elwyn Orman Bean

Elwyn Orman Bean (1923-2003),  Audrey’s niece Virginia’s husband, died February 24, 2003 in Westwood, California. Virginia (AKA Ginny) is Audrey’s older sister’s second daughter.

During World War II, Bean served in the Navy as an airman. He was stationed at the Navy Base in Hawaii where he was trained at the Naval Flight School. He flew as a gunner on a T.B.F. (Torpedo Bomber Fighter) in the Pacific Theatre for over 3 years.

Before the war, Bean worked as welder at Consolidated Shipyard and after the war  his work was upholstery where he originally was a small business owner and later retired as Supervisor of upholsterers in a larger company.

Ginny and Bean were married on October 2, 1945 and were married over 57 years. They bought their first and only home in Manhattan Beach, a lovely beach community, in 1950 where they raised their five children, Diana, Donald, Linda, Laurie and Ann Marie.

5 November 2004

Arthur Earl Ghizzoni

Arthur Earl Ghizzoni

Arthur Earl Ghizzoni (1970-2004). Audrey’s grandson and son of Audrey’s oldest daughter, Dawn B. (née MacDonald) Ghizzoni and Julio F. Ghizzoni.  Born on September 8, 1970 in Warwick, RI, he died on November 5, 2004 in Randolph, N.H., of injuries sustained in an auto accident on a snowy road. His funeral was held on Thursday, November 11, 2004.  He was the cherished brother of Doreen A. (née Ghizzoni) Verity and beloved brother-in-law of David M. Verity.  He was raised in West Warwick, Rhode Island and moved to Cranston, Rhode Island where he lived for six years as the devoted companion of Terrie-Lynn Bell.

Arthur attended West Warwick High School; he earned an associate’s degree from the Community College of Rhode Island and attended The University of Rhode Island, where he majored in music. He was a talented musician and guitar enthusiast.

He also enjoyed hiking and climbing and had just finished hiking the Appalachian Mountain Trail, one year prior to the accident.

Arthur was an assistant manager at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS). He and his work associate were driving to the White Mountains in New Hampshire to volunteer their time by clearing snowy trails for hikers.  The driver of the car lost control of his vehicle on a snowy road, swerved into oncoming traffic, killing both of them instantly.

In memory of Arthur’s love of life and music, a live concert was held in Warwick, RI in the spring of 2005.  It was sponsored, managed and performed by his friends.  Many family members and friends attended. The concert raised money towards the purchase of a tree in Arthur’s memory through the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC).  The tree is planted at the Highland Center at Crawford Notch in the White Mountains, New Hampshire.

31 January 2005

Frank Roger Cahoon

The Death of Frank Roger Cahoon

Audrey’s Grand Nephew

Born June 1, 1955

Died January 31, 2005

Roger was the grandson of Audrey’s brother, John Edward Spencer