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Deane Ross Spencer

Obituary for Deane Ross Spencer

November 1, 1965 - August 18, 2019
Euclid, Ohio | Age 53

Beloved Wife and Friend


A beautiful light has gone out. Facing years of increasing pain and illness, Deane Ross Spencer ended her life on August 18. She leaves behind her husband of 8 years, Kenneth Spencer, and friends who admired her for her honesty, depth of feeling, genius in the kitchen, and zestful ability to find the humor in the world around her. She was 53.

She was born Deane White-Eyes in San Francisco to Sioux Indian parents. The troubled family ended up in Ohio, where Deane and her siblings went into a loving foster home. When she was 10, all the children were adopted by the Ken and Laurel Ross family of Cleveland Heights. Deane attended Cleveland Heights schools, enjoying art and music classes. She came to love gardening and was proud of her flowers and vegetables.

Deane's work life at first centered on food. She hosted/waitressed/bar tended at the original Lopez Y Gonzales, Turkey Ridge Tavern, Academy Tavern, Noggins, the Ritz Carlton and the Intercontinental Hotel. Deane also worked in catering at Heinen's. She was a frequent guest at Larchmere Tavern. Leaving the food industry, Deane spent time at National City Bank, Walgreen's and finally Costco, where she was a beloved team member and rising star. Deane's wit, feistiness, and caring fueled her life. She will be sorely and sincerely missed.

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