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Ethel Louise Spracklen

Birth Date: February 22, 1922
Death Date: October 27, 2016

Ethel Louise (Starkey) Spracklen, 94, of San Diego California, passed away Thursday, 27 October 2016.

Born on February 10, 1922, in Decatur, Illinois, she was the daughter of the late Edgar Lee Starkey and the late Urcil Levina (Parks) formerly of Decatur IL. Her husband of 52 years, Paul Spracklen and one sibling, Marjorie Starkey, preceded her in death.

Ethel was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt and friend. She loved spending time with friends and family, traveling with her sister and taking photographs, shopping in antique stores and she loved to share stories. Ethel was truly the glue that has kept this large extended family close over the years. She always had a way of saying something kind and loving whether it be on a phone call, an in person visit over coffee or a well thought out birthday card that she never forgot to send. Her loving and kind heart will be missed by many but never forgotten as our lives were truly blessed every day that we were able to spend with her.

Ethel is survived by four sons, Danny and his wife Kathleen, David and his wife Yadira, John and his wife Betty, and Philip; one sibling Jack Starkey; four granddaughters, Teresa, Amy, Emily and April; and four grandsons Michael, Paul, George and Edgar as well as thirteen great grandchildren and many nephews, nieces and cousins.

A viewing will be held on Thursday November 10, 2016 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Clairemont Mortuary 4266 Mt. Abernathy Ave. San Diego, CA 92117. The burial will take place the following day November 11, 2016, 10:00 at Holy Cross Cemetery at 4470 Hilltop Dr. San Diego Ca. 92102.

November 10, 2016
5:00 pm
- 9:00 pm
Clairemont Mortuary Chapel
4266 Mt. Abernathy Avenue San Diego, CA 92117
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November 11, 2016
10:00 am
Holy Cross Cemetery
4470 Hilltop Drive San Diego, CA 92102
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  1. I always enjoyed going to Aunt Ethel and Uncle Paul's house when they lived in Cowden, Il. She was always friendly and kind. Throughout the years, she stayed in touch with Mom and Dad and made a point to visit when back in central Illinois. I know she will be missed and that you hold her in your heart. Martha Spracklen Dagen

  2. Your mother was always very special to me. As a young boy (in the 1940s) I met her when she went to work for my Dad who owned a small construction company at the time. Your Dad while visiting our family was introduced to your mother. It was love at first sight. They married shortly thereafter. For several years your mother lived with us while your Dad was serving our country overseas. My Dad remodeled the second floor of our house to provide for her housekeeping needs. My brothers and I were moved into our basement into a room that was previously Dad's office.I considered her as family then and through-out our lives.While sharing your grief, take the time the share your favorite memories with your family. Having lost my parents, I have found that sharing memories brings great comfort. Keep in touch. Love to all, Cousin Dick Lombard

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