Monday, May 13, 2019


May 8, 2019

After a brave fight against cancer, another of my "Calvary friends" died on May 8. Two of her daughters brought her to see me "one more time" recently. Because of commitments here that I could not break, I am unable to preside at her funeral. See her obituary below. 

She was one of the many wonderful people I loved, and who loved me back, when I was their pastor at Holy Name of Mary Church outside of Lebanon 1980-1983. 


Betty Jean Spalding, 87, went to be with the Lord on May 8, 2019 after a year-long struggle with cancer.

A loving mother and homemaker, Betty was a friend to many, young and old. She was a life-long member of Holy Name of Mary Church, a past member of the Altar Society and Calvary Homemakers. She loved playing Tripoli with "The Monday Morning Church Ladies". She always loved country music and was an awesome dancer. Up until a few weeks ago before her death, she was always up for a friendly game of cards with two of her life-long friends, Leona Lee and Patsy Mattingly. She had an unending love for her family and the companionship of her special friend, Joe Osbourne.

She was preceded in death by: husband, Donnie Spalding; three grandchildren, Bobby Joe Spalding, Steven Spalding, and Shannon Spalding; two brothers, Phillip (Toddler) Brussell and Charles "Sonny" Brussell; three sisters, Kay Lindsay, Henrietta Gootee, and Ethel Reynolds.

Survivors include: five children, Rafe (Sandy) Spalding, Gayle Spalding, Darnell (Jim) Considine, Kim (Steve) Brown, and Joe Donnie (Lisa) Spalding; brother, John Brussell; sister, Evelyn Cissell; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; special friend, Joe Osbourne; and a host of other friends and relatives.

The family would like to extend their gratitude to all the staff at Cedar's during her brief stay, her Norton Cancer Institute team of doctors, and her loving and caring Hosparus team.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 14, at Holy Name of Mary Church, Calvary.

Visitation is 4 p.m. Monday, May 13, at Campbell-Fisher Funeral Home, Lebanon, with a prayer service at 7 p.m.

Pallbearers are Michael Brown, Gary Caudill, Jody Spalding, Chad Spalding, Chris Spurling, and Jimmy Garrett,

Honorary pallbearers are Adrienne Spalding, Lauren Elstone, Heather Jaynes, and Haley Sprowles.

Campbell-Fisher Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Published in The Lebanon Enterprise on May 15, 2019

October 3, 2018

Here was another funeral I certainly hated to miss. I owe Dorothy so much from my days as her pastor. I was always hanging out at her house and there was nothing she would not do for me in those days. I was in Calgary, Canada, leading a priest retreat when she died and came home with a terrible case of the flu on the day of her funeral. I presided at her father's funeral and at least two of her brothers Below is a copy of her obituary. 

Dorothy M. Spalding, 99, Calvary, passed away peacefully on Oct. 3, 2018 at the Village of Lebanon.

Dorothy was born to Robert S. and Mary Catherine Spalding on April 16, 1919 at her home in Calvary, where she lived until her death. Dorothy was a devoted daughter, sister, and aunt who lived every day to its fullest. Upon the passing of her parents, Dorothy lived every day of her life to nurture and care for her brothers, nieces, and nephews.

Among her passions in life were cooking and antiques. Dorothy owned and operated Calvary Hill Antiques for over 40 years. She was a life-long member of Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church. Dorothy was employed by the Marion County Courthouse for years and retired from there in 1985 in order to spend more time caring for her family.

She was preceded in death by: her parents; and eight other siblings.

Survivors include: three brothers, Bernard Spalding and Mike Spalding, both of Calvary, and George D. Spalding Sr. of Louisville; 43 nieces and nephews who considered her the grandmother that most of them never had the opportunity to know. She will always remain in each and every one of their hearts.

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