Marlene Rose Spafford joined our Almighty Father on Jan. 29, 2019, surrounded by loved ones, after a courageous battle with an extended illness.

Marlene was born Nov. 23, 1947, in Muncie, Indiana.

We are blessed with many valuable lessons from Marlene, among them to continually have faith in God and in all things to always “Declare the favor of The Lord.”

Marlene's love and devotion to her boys drove her tireless work ethic. She brought so much beauty into this world through her positivity, laughter and unyielding faith in Jesus Christ. She was a ray of sunshine and will always be cherished.

She was preceded in death by her mother Ruby, father Leon and sister Judy.

Left to honor Marlene and remember her love are four sons, Scott Cain (wife: Peggy), Thomas Spafford (wife: Jennifer), Anthony Spafford (wife: Angie) and Jamie Spafford (wife: Bethanna); four grandchildren, Autumn Forbes, Gabriel Spafford, Angel Spafford and Eliana Spafford; three sisters, Sharon Kohn, Linda Main and Mary Graham; two brothers, John Reagan and Roger Reagan; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with the Rev. Mark Niemoeller presiding. Burial will follow in the Green Park Cemetery. Family will receive guests from 1 to 3 p.m. prior to the services.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Saint Jude Children's Hospital.

Condolences may be expressed at bairdfreeman.com.