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Martha Elizabeth Spruill

November 29, 1934 September 1, 2019
Martha  Elizabeth Spruill
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DURHAM: Martha Elizabeth Spruill, 84, passed away peacefully at her home in Durham on Sunday, September 1, 2019. She was born in Martin County, NC to the late David Lee and Odell Scott. In addition to her parents, Ms. Spruill was also predeceased by her husband, James Spruill; and brothers, John Louis, Garland, David, Robert.

Ms. Spruill retired from the New York City Board of Education Nutrition Services. She attended E.J. Hayes High School but she received her GED thereafter moving to New York.

Ms. Spruill is survived by her children, Linda, Joy, Juliette, Gail, James, William, Portia, Michael, Kenneth, Valerie (Devon); grandchildren, Kenya, Marquise, Latoya, Charise, Roscoe, JaMel, Jarrell, Durrell, Carnell, Shawn, Jonathan, DeSean, Michel, Jr., Justin, Brittany, Joshua, Ariana, LaQuanna; brother, Jerome (Willie Mae); nephews, Darrell, John Jr.; nieces, Delia, Cynthia; and a host of great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, September 6th at Clements Funeral Home in Durham. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 7th at Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham.

When the matriarch of a family dies,
It is a difficult feeling to describe,
The death heralds the end of an era,
The gradual disappearance of a Legacy,
Every family member becomes paralyzed
by the vacancy,
The Leader and Director of the family’s
hopes and dreams has gone to rest,
Declaring, "It is time for everyone to live
up to their personal best,"
A reliable figure of normalcy and tradition
has exited gracefully,
Leaving behind the formula to living
life decently....

The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be sent to

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6:00 PM 9/6/2019 6:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 9/6/2019 8:00:00 PM
Clements Funeral Home

1105 Broad St.
Durham, NC 27705

Clements Funeral Home
1105 Broad St. Durham 27705 NC
United States

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2:00 PM 9/7/2019 2:00:00 PM
Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham

1105 Broad Street
Durham, NC 27705

Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham
1105 Broad Street Durham 27705 NC
United States

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