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Jean Diane Spear, 85, of Pompano Beach passed away on Sunday, November 5, 2023.
My mom was born in Sharon Pennsylvania in 1937. It was a time when the world was about to be at war. I think this shaped her way of thinking as I imagine it did of most people of that generation. She took care of what she had and she didn’t believe in wasting anything or throwing anything away. My parents owned a total of four cars in my lifetime, the last one, her Volvo, she bought new in 1987, she still owns. My Mom had the same attitude toward the people in her life. She had the ability to find a way to praise people, especially her children no matter their short comings. It was in her spirit to take care of the people she loved unconditionally. She believed in hard work and responsibility. She saved and managed money, though she never had much to work with. Some how we always had everything we needed and even plenty of things we just wanted. I have no idea how she did it.
My Dad knew that he could go to work and not have to deal with anything when he got home. My Mom took care of her home and her family and my father knew that he could come home to an amazing meal and a house that was in order. My Mom was mechanical inclined so she did many household repairs before my Dad even knew anything was broken. My Dad was crippled by strokes and left bed ridden for fourteen years. My Mom single handedly took care of my Dad, around the clock without complaint. She loved him and caring for his every need wasn’t even a question in her mind, she just did it. I’m not sure if people can imagine what it must be like to care for an infant in a 180 pound man’s body, but my Mom did around the clock and seldom ask for any help.
Her father moved their family here when my Mom was a teenager. I was well into adulthood when I learned that she hated Florida. She had a way of making the best of any situation. Us kids were clueless, we had the time of our lives. My Mom took us fishing and swimming at the beach, made sure we were in sports leagues, summer fun programs. She could run a boat and was as good a fisherman as anyone. She taught us how to shoot with the air rifle her father taught her to shoot with. She’d saved it since childhood.
My mom was a pretty good tennis player and was even liked to bowl. She was not a good dirt bike rider, her first and last attempt started and ended with a “wheelie” on my Honda 50. Luckily neither were hurt. My mom had a great sense of humor and could tell a good joke.
What she genuinely loved was music and dancing. She was a pretty good piano player and she and my Dad went out dancing almost every weekend. They were good dancers and I enjoyed watching them. She took the death of my father really hard but eventually recovered and found happiness with activities and her sons and new friendships. She was active and on the go until the day she died.
It is difficult to put into words the greatness of her love and the inseparable loving bond that I shared with my mom.
She showed me the real meaning of true love without condition or judgement. And despite my many faults she always made feel that I was loved.
My mom told me many times that she was proud of me, and all of us boys. It was very evident to anyone that knew her that her four boys were the most precious gift in her life.
Our mom was the most caring mother that any child could ever wish for. She made many sacrifices in life for her boys. Without exception she was always there for us whenever we needed her love and comfort. And although a part of my heart will forever be lost with her passing, I am comforted in the fact that she is now in heaven with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ where she will be truly happy and loved for eternity.
Mom, you will always and forever be a part of my life and remain in my thoughts and prayers.
I love you Mom, you're the Best mom in the whole wide world.
Robert Reinhardt Spear
Mom was a lady who gave of herself relentlessly. She also made a point to try to instill all the moral virtues in her sons that she knew were Godly. She cared for her family intensely, and treasured her friends dearly. My mom felt fulfilled when she knew she was being useful with a purpose that would help her friends and family. She let those she loved know she was holding down the “Fort”, in case anyone needed a port in the storm. I’m alive today because I have a mom who prays and provides.
A visitation will be held from 4-8 PM on Thursday, November 9 at Glick Family Funeral Home in Boca Raton. A Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 on Friday, November 10 at Glick Family Funeral Home in Boca Raton. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn North in Pompano Beach.