We are sad to report the death of Muriel Spencer, widow of the late Rev. Philip Spencer. Here is a tribute written by Rev. Penny Johnson, to whom our thanks:
Muriel Spencer died peacefully in her sleep on 9th July in Dorset, where she lived for the last two years of her life near her daughter Rosalind. She was the widow of the Rev. Philip Spencer, and a great support to him during his ministry at Lodge Road Unitarian Church, West Bromwich, where she was both organist and pianist. She belonged to the Women’s League both at Lodge Road and Birmingham New Meeting. Muriel loved music, and when she lived in the West Midlands attended many concerts given by the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Her daughter Rosalind played in Bournemouth Philharmonic Orchestra, and it was a delight to Muriel to be able to sit and listen to the orchestra from her wheelchair.
By profession Muriel was a medical secretary at the Chest Clinic at Heath Lane, West Bromwich. She was also Assistant Curator at Oak House, West Bromwich. Friends who knew Muriel will remember her as a delightful and gracious lady, who loved her family, and who offered her daughter Rosalind and granddaughters Claire and Sarah support in whatever way she could.