Dana Renee (Zaleski) Spicer
Dana Renee (Zaleski) Spicer, loving and devoted wife of Craig Matthew Spicer, after an almost two-year battle with ovarian cancer, graduated into the arms of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, in Great Falls, on May 16, 2022.
Dana was 52 years old, born, in Cumberland, on June 20, 1969. She graduated in 1987 from Fort Hill High School, where she was a Sentinelette and member of the Fellowship of Christian Students. She was also active in the Cornerstone Baptist Church youth group. After graduating, Dana married her high school sweetheart, Craig Spicer, who had just joined the Air Force. Their first duty station was in Misawa, Japan. After a three-year tour, they were stationed at Luke Air Force Base, in Phoenix, Ariz. While at Luke, Dana was an active participant in the Thomas Road Baptist Church, attending the young married Sunday school class, singing in the choir, working with the youth, and helping Craig drive the van for the senior van ministry.
During this time, Dana was polishing her artistic skills, painting beautiful murals for nurseries, as well as for her clients who requested them. She also worked as a secretary for a local community college. After living in Phoenix for five years, Craig was ordered to Malmstrom AFB, in Great Falls. Once again, Dana involved herself in their church, the Fairview Baptist Church, working in children’s ministry, ladies jail ministry, choir, Reformers Unanimous, and as secretary of Treasure State Academy, Fairview’s Christian school, for five years. She worked at several businesses in Great Falls over the years. One of her favorites was being a bridal consultant. She also modeled in numerous fashion shows for the Bride’s Shoppe and Daydream Boutique. Along the way, she continued to pick up her brushes and paint gorgeous murals. Several of her canvases were sold on Mackinac Island, Mich. Being an artist was a passion, but during these years, she also grew as a Christian, and her true passion was in sharing her Love for Jesus and the plan of salvation: He has offered the whole world. Recently, her favorite saying was, “Love Jesus More”! Her life verse was Philippians 4:11 “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.”
Dana was preceded in death by her father, Walter R. Zaleski, Evans, Ga.; stepfather, Michael P. Fairall, Cumberland; her grandmother, Louise Gertrude Renotas, Cumberland; and her uncle, Harry Roger Bosley, Aiken, S.C. She is survived by her loving husband, Craig; her mother, Constance Elaine Fairall, Cumberland; mother-in-law, Diane Spicer, LaVale; sister, Lynn Marie Huggins and fiancé, Mark Moore, Tucson, Ariz.; uncle, D. Rick Renotas and wife, Barb, Ridgeley, W.Va.; cousins, RC Renotas, wife Julie, Frostburg, and Jason Renotas, wife Kelly, Jacksonville, Fla.; aunt, Patricia A. Bosley, Aiken; cousins, Lisa Royce, husband Jeff, Phoenix, Ariz., Vicki Hallee, husband Todd, Aiken, and Patty Wagoner, husband David, Cape Coral, Fla.; brother-in-law, Frank Spicer, wife Teresa, LaVale; sister-in-law, Tina Yacuboski, husband Steven, LaVale; sister-in-law, Rena Spicer and fiancé, Todd Reineke, Forest Hill; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial service will be held on June 10, at 11 a.m., Cornerstone Baptist Church, in Cumberland. Pastor David Hattenfield and Uncle Rick officiating.
Interment will be at the Maryland State Veterans Cemetery at Rocky Gap, Flintstone.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like to request a donation to Cornerstone Baptist Church or Saint Jude Children’s Hospital.
Adams Family Funeral Home, P.A., 404 Decatur Street, Cumberland,(www.AdamsFamilyFuneralHome.com), is handling arrangements.
Published on June 7, 2022