Mary Wayne Spurlock
January 27, 1937  -  October 12, 2018

Mary Wayne Spurlock

Mary Wayne Spurlock, 81 of Amarillo went home peacefully to be with Jesus on Friday, Oct. 12, 2018 in Amarillo, TX. A private family burial will precede Celebration of Life services to be held at 11 o’clock in the morning on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at First United Methodist Church of Stratford. She will lie in state at Morrison Funeral Home of Stratford on Tuesday, Oct. 16. Arrangements are entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors.

Mary Wayne was born January 27, 1937 in Galveston, TX to Wayne and Ruth Allen Tinkler. Her family made El Paso, TX their home when she was 10 years old. She attended Austin High School in El Paso and was very active in Choir and Journalism programs.

Mary Wayne met the love of her life, Neal Spurlock, while he was serving in the Air Force. They were married August 29, 1954 in El Paso, TX.

The newlywed couple moved to the Spurlock Community, Stratford, TX, where they made their home, began farming and raised their four children. Mary Wayne enjoyed teaching Sunday School at Spurlock Chapel, and later loved to sing in many different church choirs. An avid seamstress, she sewed for her children, grandchildren and many others. She made and donated to mission programs hundreds of pieces of children’s clothing.

She served as the District I Director of the Texas Association for Family and Community Education from 1995-97 in Amarillo. She also served as the 2001-02 TEEA District I Director and was the District I Director for the Texas Extension Education Association, Inc., from 2001-03.

In 2003, Mary Wayne was named the Outstanding Woman of the Prairie Flowers Club.

Mary Wayne was affectionately known as Aunt Bear, Aunt Wayne, GramBear, and GramWayne and was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her son Jeffrey Wayne Spurlock, sisters Jacque Scifres and Patricia Sparrow, and 9 nieces and nephews.

She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Neal; daughter Susan Spurlock-Rawlins and husband Donny of Fritch, son Wesley Spurlock and wife Susie of Stratford, daughter Kathy Plunk and husband Max of Lawton, OK.
She is also survived by her brother Dr. Duane Tinkler and wife Jeanie of Amarillo and sister-in-law Ramona Spurlock (Aunt Moy), also of Amarillo.
Grandchildren surviving her include Kelby Friemel and wife Amber of Phoenix, AZ; Crystal Hicks and husband Brett of Amarillo; Annie Dozier and husband Jason of San Antonio; Brady Plunk and wife Julie of Lebanon, TN; Walter Spurlock and wife Nicole of Stratford; Cody Plunk and wife Madison of Norman, OK; and Jennie Spurlock of Detroit, MI.
Great grandchildren include Hailey Simmons, Molli Lee, Brecken Lee, Kennedy Dozier, Landry Dozier, Van Dozier, Anderson Plunk, Lucy Plunk, and William Agustin (Augie) Spurlock.
She is also survived by 35 plus nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

The family would like to express sincere appreciation to the entire staff at Brookdale Medi Park West Retirement Home for the wonderful loving care they provided to Mary Wayne, Neal and family. Special thanks to Accolade Hospice, Becky Lehrmann, RN; Caring Senior Service caregivers Jody, Aspen, Lisa, and Rosalve.

In lieu of customary remembrances, the family suggests with gratitude that memorials be made to Lollipop Junction, PO Box 411, Stratford TX 79084 or to Connect Community Services, Box 533, Fritch TX 79036.


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  1. Sherry Flohr (Jackson)
    Goodyear, AZ

    Aunt Bear will be missed greatly. I have thought about her so many times over the years. Sending thoughts, prayers and love to all of the family

  2. Carolyn Brown
    Borger, TX

    Dear Susan and Family, please accept my sincere thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May the Lord give you peace....Carolyn Brown and Staff of Brown Funeral Directors, Borger

  3. Jason and Iris McDonald
    Dumas, TX

    Mary Wayne was such a wonderful lady. We are so very sorry for your loss and we lift your family up in prayer. She will be surely missed.

  4. Gene BORN

    So sorry for your loss. May the grace of God give you comfort and ease your pain in the coming days.
    Gene and Meshel Born

  5. Mark & Vicki Freeman
    Texhoma, OK

    Sincere sympathy for the Spurlock family from The Freeman's. Much love and God Bless.

  6. Rusty Shoulders
    Texhoma, TX

    Our deepest sympathy and prayers to your family

  7. Aspen Taylor
    Amarillo, TX

  8. Casey Myers
    Anarillo, TX

    Our prayers are with the Spurlock family! Thank you for allowing us to be apart of your lives!
    -The Brookdale Team

  9. Shirley & Joe Castagnetta
    Borger, TX

    Susan & family, I never had the privilege of meeting your mom but she had to be a great lady to have raised such a caring daughter. I see where you get your beauty, she was so pretty! I am so very sorry for your loss. May God bless & comfort you all! Love you, Joe & Shirley Castagnetta

  10. Jason Spurlock and Family
    Leicester, NY

    Aunt Wayne was a wonderful woman. She will be missed by many. We love you and will see you again someday. I pray for the family during this time of grief.

  11. Tammie Woody Hataway
    Midland, TX

    So honered to have known you Mary Wayne. You took me and Victor into your home and took care of us when Pappa was in the hospital. Years later when daddy passed I had to come and see you and tell you about a dream I had when Jeff passed.
    I grew up in the Spurlock community, the church and people there became a part of the family. God bless you at this time. Please give daddy, Victor and Larry hugs from me. Until the angels close my eyes I will see you all again

  12. Kennedy Dozier
    Oak harbor, WA

    She will be very much missed, at least she’s at peace

  13. Lynn Leverton
    Highland Village, TX

    May God bless and comfort the extended Spurlock family in this time of loss. She was a special lady of a wonderful family.

  14. Johnny Raymond
    Canyon, TX

    Another Angle to serve in heaven. Give thanks for all of the memories and kindness Mary Wayne provided. God will provide relief in time.

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