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Alyce Charlene Dempster (Spot)
  • September 26, 1926
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  • May 09, 2021

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Alyce Charlene Dempster (Spot) died peacefully on May 9, 2021 at the Cornerstone Hospice in The Villages, Florida. Spot was born on Sept 26, 1926 in Springfield, SD to Ivan and Amanda (Johnson) McCollum.  She graduated from Springfield High School, Springfield, SD, Class of 1944. Spot married her high school sweetheart, Donald Raymond Dempster on August 13,1944 and were married for 62 years before Don’s passing in 2006. Don joined the USMC and for the next 32 years of service (including  WW11, Korean War and Vietnam War) they built a family as they traveled the globe.  Spot was involved with the Navy Relief as a volunteer and also led many organizations for wives of servicemen.  She was an avid sewer and knitter, and for years after retirement was a Passap Knitting Machine dealer and instructor.  For years she ran a shop in downtown Charleston known as Needlemania. Spot was predeceased by her husband Col Donald R Dempster USMC (Ret) in 2006. Surviving are three daughters: Donna R Gundy  (Ted) of Essex, CT, Gail A Deasy (Brian) of San Diego, CA,  Kathy S Ricker (Don) of Charleston, SC; and a son, Maj. Dymond R. Dempster USMC (Ret) (Dottie) of Fredricksburg, VA: seven grandchildren, Tasker, Matt and Amanda Gundy, Robert and Alyssa Dempster, Catherine and Emily Ricker; and seven great grandchildren, Darwin, Cora, and Thea Gundy, Samantha and Oliver Gundy, Eloise and Jonah Andrew: and a brother Robert McCollum of the Villages, FLA.  Spot was also dearly loved by numerous nieces and nephews to whom she was a matriarch  for advice and counsel. Plans for a memorial service will be announced later in May 2022. Memorial contributions may be made to: Cornerstone  Hospice, 601 Casa Bella, The Villages, FL 32162.


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  1. Donna Gundy says:
    17 May 2021
    ❤️❤️. I will miss our talks and the times we enjoyed around knitting and sewing. It was special to know you in the context of your incredible world where people knew and respected you as an expert. All the times I could turn to you around child raising where none of us is perfect. I will miss chatting with you about the latest grandchild’s exploits! I will just miss you mom. Rest In Peace and have a cocktail with Daddy! Donna

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