MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA: Hazel Spence, longtime resident of Manchester, Mass., passed peacefully February 15 after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s. She leaves her loving family, husband of 35 years, Lee Spence; children, Beth Dwyer and her husband, William Castillo of Seattle, Wash., Shaun Dwyer and his wife, Ondine of Hamilton, Scott Dwyer and his wife, Marnie of Truckee, Calif., Laura Dwyer of Manchester, and Amy Lappin and her husband, Thom of Meriden, N.H.; one brother, Robert MacCully and his wife, Jill of Reading, Mass.; along with grandchildren, Kyle, Erin, Cole, Ethan, Kylie, Keegan, Sarah and Sam. She was predeceased by her parents, Walter and Doris (Sencabaugh) MacCully; and her sister, Joan MacCully.
A longtime member of Manchester Harbor Boat Club and the Manchester Yacht Club, she enjoyed sailing and cruising the Maine seacoast. She also spent many days gardening and her lilacs were among the finest in town.
Hazel held financial positions supporting a variety of companies, her favorites being the American Orchid Society and the seafood industry.
Among her friends, Hazel was known for being able to pick two pounds of meat from a one-and-a-half pound lobster -- a skill highly valued on Cape Ann.
She will be greatly missed by all.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Hazel’s memory to Cape Ann Animal Aid, 4 Paws Lane, Gloucester MA 01930. Arrangements by the Campbell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly. Information, directions and condolences at .