Delancey Spain May 8, 1958 – December 1, 2015

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spainDelancey (Crittenden) Spain, age 57, passed away December 1, 2015 from Late Stage Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease.

She is survived by her daughter and son, Sarah and Michael Spain, and her husband of 27 years, Larry Spain.

Delancey is preceded in death by her mother, Barbara Ueckert Crittenden, father, Richard Delancey Crittenden, and brother, David Wayne Crittenden.

Born in Houston, TX in 1958, Delancey graduated from Sharpstown High School and then attended Texas A & M University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Agronomy and a specialization in turfgrass management. She was one of the first women licensed in Texas in 1980 as a Landscape Irrigator, the first female president of the Texas Turf Irrigation Association, and one of The Toro Company’s first female sales representatives. Delancey served with The Toro Company for 12 years in both the Central United States and Florida territories developing long-term business relationships, conducting many training sessions, and making numerous life-long friends.

In 1988 Delancey married Larry Spain. They made their home first in Grand Prairie, TX, Orlando, FL, Duncanville, TX, and finally Midlothian, TX. Larry and Delancey traveled the world for business together and she loved those experiences. In 1999, Delancey retired from Toro to be a full time homemaker, wife, and mother to her children, a dream job that she always cherished and a decision she never regretted. She adored creating family moments, and she loved her family. She had a strong faith and was an active member at First United Methodist Church, Duncanville. Delancey completed the full seven year curriculum of Bible Study Fellowship at Hampton Road Baptist Church in Desoto, TX while serving as their attendance clerk. This was an accomplishment she treasured. She was a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend. She will be deeply missed.

A celebration of her life will be held will be held on Sunday December 13, 2015 at 2:00 PM in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church, 401 S. Main Street, Duncanville, TX. Delancey loved her outdoor gardens. Flowers in her memory may be sent to Jaynes Memorial Chapel, 811 S Cockrell Hill Rd., Duncanville, TX 75137. Gifts in lieu of flowers may be sent to The Alzheimer’s Association.