Beatrice Spotts

December 2nd, 1916 to January 6th, 2012
Beatrice D. Spotts, 95, of Fort Gratiot, went home to be with her Lord on January 6, 2012.

She was born on December 2, 1916, in Capac to the late Herman and Beatrice Hildebrandt. She married the love of her life, Frank J. Spotts, on February 28, 1941.

Mrs. Spotts attended Capac Federated Church (now Capac Baptist Church) where she received Christ as her Savior at a young age. She began her active service to the Lord playing the piano for services while she was still in elementary school. Beatrice graduated from Capac High School in 1935. She graduated from Michigan State Normal College (the present Eastern Michigan University) in 1939 as a music major with a B.S. Degree in teaching. Beatrice finished her Master’s Degree at U of M in the fall of 1965. Beatrice taught at the elementary level for 40 years primarily in Oakland and St. Clair Counties. She was a well-loved music teacher who spent many extra hours practicing with and creating stage back-drops for children’s musicals. She introduced instruction of instrumental music at the elementary level in Port Huron Schools.

Frank and Beatrice served the Lord together for their entire married life. Early in their marriage she played the piano or directed choirs while he taught Sunday School. Upon moving to Port Huron, Beatrice, Frank, and their children attended Griswold Street Baptist Church. She gave countless hours helping wherever help was needed - children’s ministries, VBS, ladies missionary circle, music ministry, church dinners, and supervising the church nursery, while mentoring young couples in the class that Frank taught. They opened their home to many couples for meals and fellowship. Their family and friends of the family always knew they were welcome.

Upon retirement, they joined the Mobile Missionary Assistance Program and traveled in their RV 4-5 months of the year, covering a span of most of the states for 26 years. They volunteered their services to Christian camps and churches on 76 work projects. When they were no longer physically capable of doing this, they served the Lord where they were able as well as praying for and encouraging others. Her care, compassion, humility, servant’s heart and integrity endeared her to many.

In addition to serving the Lord, her family was the focus of her life. Beatrice poured herself into them-canning, baking, cooking, remodeling, attending their activities, teaching them music, everyday living skills, fixing large family dinners, and vacationing with them. Most importantly, she attended church with them, always living her life in a way that encouraged her family and others in their walk with the Lord.

Beatrice is survived by her loving husband of 71 years, Frank J. Spotts; six children, Elizabeth (Larry) Bail of Carmel, IN, Franklin (Cheryl) Spotts of Port Huron, Dwight (Lila) Spotts of Spokane, WA, Techla (Dale) Tucker of Port Huron, Doss (Carole) Spotts of Spokane, WA, and Paul (Cynthia) Spotts of Albion; thirty-three grandchildren and thirty-two great grandchildren; brother-in-law and wife, Rev. Alfred and Jean Spotts; several nieces and nephews; and dear cousins (she called them her sisters) Helen Hoke and Marjorie Kearns. She was preceded in death by grandson, Benjamin Bail.

Visitation will be 2-5 p.m. Sunday in Pollock-Randall Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, January 9, 2012 at Griswold Street Baptist Church with visitation beginning at 1 p.m. Dr. Timothy North and Reverend James Petit will officiate.

Burial will be on Tuesday at 2 Capac Cemetery. Pallbearers will be her grandsons.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting memorial contributions be made to Griswold Street Baptist Church, Francophone Ministries for Christ (Franklin Spotts), or R.B.M. Ministries (Paul Spotts).

Special thanks and appreciation is given to Beatrice’s caregivers Lu Frey and Cora Fry.

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