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Marlene Spotts: Home to Glory


Marlene Spotts was born in Florence, New Jersey. Her mother died in childbirth and her father, unable to care for her, placed her in an orphanage in Michigan where he had gone to work. At the age of three, she was adopted by the Todds and raised in a loving home. She met her husband, Dr. Norman Spotts, during a visit to Florence many years later. After they were married, Norman served for many years as pastor of Easton Union Church in Mount Holly, New Jersey. Marlene was an integral part of the church and was heavily involved with the youth ministry. She was a loving wife and mother, gifted decorator, excellent cook, and gracious mentor to many young people. During their ministry in New Jersey, she was able to reconnect with her biological father and Norman had the opportunity to lead him to the Lord before his death. The Lord led the Spotts to Clearwater Christian College in 1970 where they served faithfully until his retirement in 2002.

Marlene suffered with many physical problems for much of her life. Her ministry was often limited to the telephone, referred to by her daughter as Moms hot-line. She was a prayer warrior for many, including the college as a whole and many campus daughters. After a particularly difficult year and several hospital and rehab stays, God quietly called her home in her sleep on December 23, 2010.

Marlene is survived by her husband Norman, daughter and son-in-law, Pam and John O Shea of Atlanta, Georgia, son Philip of Beaumont, Texas, and two grandchildren, Cortland and Olivia, also from Beaumont, Texas.