By The Mercury

Irma Maxine Spellman, 92, died Saturday at Presbyterian Manor in Clay Center.

The family provided some of the following information.

She was born April 15, 1921, in Las Animas, Colo., to Lee and Gertrude (Rice) Askey

Irma was raised in the Ponca City, Okla., area. She married Earl Spellman on January 22, 1949, and he preceded her on May 2, 1996. She received a Masters Degree from Columbia University in Home Healthcare. She worked for the Clay County Hospital and founded the Clay County Health Department. She was a member of the Hays United Methodist Church and transferred her membership to the Clay Center United Methodist Church. She served in the U.S. Army during WWII in the 67th Field Hospital in Europe as a nurse.

She is also preceded in death by two brothers. 

She is survived by son, Dan and wife Bonnie Spellman of Clay Center; son, Rodney and wife Rita Spellman of Hiawatha; daughter, Connie and husband Stan Hineline of Manhattan; nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the United Methodist Church in Clay Center with the Rev. Ryan Lynch officiating.

Burial will be in Ebenezer Cemetery in Clay County.

Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Family will greet friends from 5 to 7 p.m.

Memorials are suggested to Clay County Health Department or the Clay Center Presbyterian Manor, in care of funeral home.

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