img258 (217x300)Graveside services for Retha Gean Nelson-Spellman, 76, of Chickasha, will be held at Rocky Cemetery located near Mena, Arkansas on Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Dino Weingarten officiating.

Retha Gean Nelson-Spellman was born near Hinton, Oklahoma on February 15, 1939 to Benjamin B. Witt and Bessie Mae Fletcher-Witt. She went to be with her Lord and Savior on January 10, 2016 in Chickasha, Oklahoma.

Retha graduated from Gage High School in 1957 as Salutatorian of her class. She moved to Oklahoma City and worked at Tinker Air Force Base for many years, where she met her husband Bill E. Nelson, and together they had two children, Brent Nelson and Jessica Nelson-Campbell.

Retha, Bill and their children moved to Mena, Arkansas in 1970. After 35 years of marriage, Bill Nelson passed away in 1995. Retha then married David Spellman in 1998 and they were married until his passing in 2012.

Retha was a member of the Eastern Star Chapter 243 in Mena she was also a longtime member of Christ Church at Mountain Fork. Retha loved sewing, playing the piano, gardening and fishing.

Her two childen, Brent and Jessica, preceded her in death.

She is survived by her grandson, Gregory Nelson, of Tuttle, brother, Dallas Witt of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to Christ Church at Mountain Fork, 5696 Hwy 8 West, Mena, AR 71953 and the contact number for Christ Church is (479) 243-0994 or (479) 234-7879.

Viewing will be Tuesday and Wednesday at Ferguson Funeral Home in Chickasha, Oklahoma.

Services are under the direction of Ferguson Funeral Home in Chickasha, Oklahoma.

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