Jeannette (David)'s Story
Jeannette Theresa (David) Spokus passed away peacefully at home on March 10, 2017, surrounded by her loving family.
Born in Haverhill on March 19, 1929, she was the daughter of Albert and Margaret (Castine) David. "Sis," as she was affectionately known, attended St. James Grammar School and graduated from Haverhill High School, Class of 1946. She worked at New England Telephone and Telegraph Co. from 1946 to 1950 as a line operator and it was during this time that she met and married Peter Spokus, Jr. They raised a family of five children and shared 49 years of marriage until Peter's death in 2000.
Always a woman of strong faith, Jeannette served in many roles at local churches. She taught Sunday School at St. John the Baptist Church for eight years; became a Eucharistic Minister in 1984 at the former St. Joseph Church; and was a member of the prayer group and Bible Study. After attending a conference in Pecos, N.M., she introduced a Baptism counseling program for single mothers to St. Joseph’s Church. Jeannette was very involved in the Cursillo program at St. Basil's in Methuen, and founded a local Ultreya group.
She was active in scouting and served as area coordinator of Riverside Memorial Church and St. John the Baptist Church from 1961 to 1966. As a troop leader for the Cadets, she guided them all through achieving the Marian award.
Later, she returned to work at the former Hale Hospital for nine years, working in the business office and participating in the hospital folly shows. She was a gifted seamstress and ran Alterations by Jeannette out of her home from 1974 until 1991. She greatly enjoyed her time working at the DeColores bookstore in Salem, N.H.
She created beautiful gardens at her former home on Moreland Street and later at Kennedy Circle. She shared many plants with friends and relatives through the area, leaving beauty everywhere.
Jeannette loved to travel and was fortunate enough to visit Egypt, Greece, Rome, Brazil, Bermuda, and the Holy Land. She also went to Nova Scotia and Lithuania, exploring her and her family's heritage. She enjoyed many vacations to the Southwest to visit her son, Peter. Prolific in everything, she maintained entertaining journals and photobooks of each adventure.
Jeannette was a generous and optimistic spirit who gave herself to everything she enjoyed. She accepted all challenges with courage and lived fearlessly and joyfully.
Jeannette is survived by two sons, Larry Spokus and wife, Beatrice of Candia, N.H., and Peter Spokus of Albuquerque, N.M.; three daughters, Linda Day of Rowley, Margaret (Peggy) Spokus of Martha's Vineyard, and Paula Spokus (her devoted caregiver) of Haverhill; three grandchildren, Jared Day and his wife, Jennifer of Glendale, Ariz., Robyn Pregent and her husband, Joshua of Gloucester, and Michael Day of Rockport; and four great-grandchildren, Jordan and Jillian Day and Mina and Mac Pregent. She is also survived by two brothers, Albert David and his wife, Mary, and Richard David and Pauline; her sister-in-law, Connie David; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, Leon David.
The family would like to thank her doctors, her VNA nurse, Becky Slocum, and the Hospice staff -- your kindness was greatly appreciated.
Calling hours will be Thursday, March 16, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Brookside Chapel, 116 Main St., Plaistow, NH. Funeral Mass will be Friday, March 17, at 11 a.m. at All Saints Parish Church, 120 Bellevue Ave., Haverhill. Burial will follow at the Lithuanian Cemetery in Bradford.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Haitian Outreach, P.O. Box 16, Fitchburg, MA 01420, for the "Jeannette Spokus Memorial Scholarship Fund." Jeannette sponsored two Haitian girls through this program which provides education for children in Haiti.