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Martha Spencer
  • March 04, 1942
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  • December 30, 2020

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MARTA MILAGROS SERRANO OXIOS SPENCER

Sunrise: March 4, 1942

Sundown: December 30, 2020

Marta Milagros Serrano Oxios Spencer was born on March 4, 1942 to Agapito Serrano and Modesta Oxios in Ponce, Puerto Rico. When Marta was 9 years old, she came to live in the Southern Boulevard section of the Bronx.   Marta was number 13 of 18 siblings and is survived by Digna, Noemi, Bernalda, Julie, Elba, and Luz.

On November 4, 1961, Marta married Ronald D. Spencer.  The couple had 4 children, Maria Lisa, Rosanne Modesta, Dolores Belinda, and Mark Ronald.  Marta’s husband sadly passed away on September 11, 1970.  Marta is survived by all 4 children.

Marta worked at the NYC Public School 226 on Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx as a School Lunch Helper Cook. She retired on March 25, 2004.  Marta loved her job, the co-workers and the children absolutely gravitated towards her loving and lively spirit.  

Marta had many interests, outside of loving her family.  Her top interests were Salsa music/dancing, the Boogie down Bronx Yankees, and her beautiful island of Puerto Rico, where she visited often.  Marta also loved going to Orchard Beach in the Bronx to play paddle ball, dominoes, and soak up the sun.  She danced every Sunday at Orchard Beach to live salsa bands, and she will definitely be remembered for being the life of the party with her infectious good energy.  Marta was very creative with arts and crafts.  She would create party favors for our birthday parties, family events, cooked homemade Puerto Rican dishes, and loved spending time with her family and friends.  Marta had great joy simply just being with her grandchildren and great grandchildren doing crossword puzzles and watching Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune.  Marta is survived by 12 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

  When we think about our Mom, there are an endless amount of words, emotions, and thoughts that come to mind.  Her kindness, courage, and sacrificially raised 4 children by herself, and how she served selfishly our family throughout the years.  Marta leaves behind a beautiful legacy of unconditional love, tradition, and commitment to her family.  Mom, we will never forget you, your love for us, and we will live on your legacy.

 

Service Details:

Santa Maria Roman Catholic Church

2352 St. Raymond Ave, The Bronx, Ny 10462

March 4th, 2021

10:00 AM

 

Long Island National Cemetery

2040 wellwood Ave Farmingdale, NY, 11735

March 4th, 2021

1:00 PM PRIVATE (FAMILY ONLY)

 

 


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  1. 28 Feb 2021
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  6. 27 Feb 2021
    Eddie says:
    As the song says, “I can only imagine.....”. December 30, 2020 was a quiet and beautiful day in Heaven. Peaceful and serene. And then, this loud noise and this commotion! “WEPPPPPPPAAAA!!!!” Martha announcing her arrival into Heaven with shouts of joy, as she salsa danced her way through the Pearly Gates”. St. Peter getting kinda shook up because it’s his job to announce new arrivals. But Mrs. Spencer telling him with that classic Boricua accent, “Gracias, but I got this”. Mr. Spencer hears the commotion and comes and thinks, “That’s gotta be Martha!!” He comes running over, sees her, hugs her and says, “Esposa, you are as loud and as beautiful as ever!!” I’ll leave it to those of you who knew Mr. and Mrs. Spencer best to supply the accents. But, can you imagine?

    Years and years ago, I was a young man hopelessly and desperately in love with Mr. and Mrs. Spencer’s beautiful daughter, Maria. We lived in different states. Remember, young people: no cellphones then. Every day, several times a day, I would call looking for my beloved Maria. And every time that I called, Mrs. Spencer would take my call , patiently and kindly and share a few friendly words with me, before telling me that she would tell Maria that I called. Kind an patient each and every time. A mother’s kindness. As though she knew how it felt to be separated from the one she loved, Mr. Spencer? I have never forgotten, never stopped appreciating those small, but pure, acts of kindness and patience. Thank you, Mrs. Spencer!!

    When all is said and done, it’s good to consider what we have done to add a small decoration upon the magnificence of God’s creation. God created this beautiful place called Orchard Beach. And it was perfect enough all by itself. But He created it for us to add a special type of life and love and color. Sounds to me that Ms. Spencer added much life and love and color and beautiful flavor to God’s creation. Because of her dancing and singing and playing and sharing time with friends and family, Mrs. Spencer God’s magnificent creation a bit more special. She did with that gift from God exactly what God wanted her to do—she added life and love and joy!

    Dear Maria: The greatest compliment that I can give to both you and Mrs. Spencer is that, in you, in how you have raised your girls, I can see that your mother did her job1–I can see that your momma raised you right!! To Mark, Delores and Roseanne, to Maria: My condolences and prayers for peace and comfort. Cry because you miss your mother, but also cry because you know that she’s ok. Take care and stay close to your mother’s greatest treasure-her family. Know that your mother is with you, “Like a handprint on your heart “. Allow me the honor and privilege of dedicating one of my favorite songs to you and your mother. Please listen to it and cry good tears. The song is called, “For Good “. It’s the studio version, not live. From the play, “Wicked “. By Idina menzel. Let me know via Maria if you like it.

    God bless and comfort you. Whenever you find yourself at the beach, any beach, think of your mother in her youth and glory days, singing, dancing, playing, enjoying family at her “home beach “. Then smile, tell her that you love her and feel her handprint on your heart.

  7. 25 Feb 2021
    Jessica says:
    Titi Martha!!
    I can never thank you enough for all that you have taught me, given to me, and done for Sydney and I. You always surprised us by attending all of our accomplishments. You are always the 1st one, saying to me “Jessica I’m proud of you! You are a wonderful mother”. I can never repay you. All I can do is tell you that I love you with all my heart, that I’m grateful for you, and that I cherish you and the closeness we share. So many times, I think of myself as a strong and independent person, filled with confidence and pride. And sometimes I forget that! But then in just a moment of sadness I hear God’s little voice saying, remember all of your angels who speak to you in strength! And just like that you and a few voices saying “Get up and shake off, today is a new day”! It’s all because of you, My Aunt (first candle) and My Friend (second candle)! Thank you for loving ME, embracing ME into your family, and excepting ME just the way I am!!
    Your Jessica.

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    Lit since February 25, 2021 at 2:47:21 AM

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  11. 22 Feb 2021
    Karen Cayson says:
    Dearest Martha Spencer,

    I met you in 1970 as you were the mother of my best friend Maria Lisa Spencer. You have been family to me since that day. I have wonderful memories of spending the night at your house on Parker Street, you cooking your famous arroz con gondules and reaching me your many famous Puerto Rican expressions when you were not too happy! LOL. I have fond memories of you making sure we had fun on Orchard Beach, you attending all of my family functions and always welcoming my family to your family functions. You have always been amazingly creative and blessed me with the cutest hand made party favors for my baby shower. Thank you for being a wonderful, loyal and loving person. You will be missed immensely but never ever forgotten. I love you. Your other daughter, Karen Cayson.

  12. 20 Feb 2021
    Deborah Spence-Cooper says:
    Blessed Titi Martha, my Tia and surrogate mom all wrapped up in one❤️. You will remain close to my heart for showing me love as if you were my own mother. I cherish you for our talks and the loving memories l have of you. And for all the countless things you’ve done by loving unconditionally, I’ll forever miss your presence and will always honor your spirit. Until we see each other again, thank you for sharing your heart. Love you, your niece. ❤️

  13. 20 Feb 2021
    Deborah Spence-Cooper lit a candle:
    Lit since February 20, 2021 at 2:53:01 AM

  14. 19 Feb 2021
    Verna Moses says:
    Lisa, my sincerest condolences to you and your family. ❤

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    Lit since February 19, 2021 at 2:45:31 PM

  16. 19 Feb 2021
    Sherry Cayson says:
    My condolences to you and your family

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    Lit since February 19, 2021 at 2:46:59 PM

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  22. 18 Feb 2021
    Evelyn Spencer posted an image:
    Thank you Martha for being my 2nd mom,  you consoled me and dried my tears in my time of sorrow, your compassion and vibrant personality made us so compatible. I can go on forever talking about the woman that taught me how to cook and welcomed me to the family with open arms, thank you for loving me and loving my children, I will never forget you and Rest In Peace my dear Martha. Hasta la próxima vez, siempre estaras en mi corazon.  Love you forever,  Evelyn ❤️
    Thank you Martha for being my 2nd mom, you consoled me and dried my tears in my time of sorrow, your compassion and vibrant personality made us so compatible. I can go on forever talking about the woman that taught me how to cook and welcomed me to the family with open arms, thank you for loving me and loving my children, I will never forget you and Rest In Peace my dear Martha. Hasta la próxima vez, siempre estaras en mi corazon. Love you forever, Evelyn ❤️

  23. 18 Feb 2021
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    Lit since February 18, 2021 at 2:09:42 PM

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  26. 23 Jan 2021
    Nicely Vargas says:
    Marta, was sweet, funny, and loving person. She will be missed.

  27. 21 Jan 2021
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    Lit since January 21, 2021 at 1:58:15 PM

  28. 19 Jan 2021
    Dolores Pastrana posted an image:
    You are my ⛅Sunshine, my only Sunshine.
    You are my ⛅Sunshine, my only Sunshine.

  29. 19 Jan 2021
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    Lit since January 19, 2021 at 1:54:54 AM

  30. 19 Jan 2021
    Gregory Pastrana posted an image:
    My 2nd Mom! 40 years a part of my life. Oh the stories I could tell! But now my home is quiet.  I will always cherish my time with you and hope youbwatxh over all of us with joy. Love you Mamma!
    My 2nd Mom! 40 years a part of my life. Oh the stories I could tell! But now my home is quiet. I will always cherish my time with you and hope youbwatxh over all of us with joy. Love you Mamma!

  31. 19 Jan 2021
    Dolores Pastrana posted an image:
    There is not a day that goes by that I don't miss you and think about you. Pouring your morning coffee with crackers, taking you to your favorite store the <br />
 goodwill,spending our Friday nights having a drink, your favorite B&B. I feel your presence around me especially when I walk into you beautiful room. The scent of your clothes, fresh and clean of fabric softener. So surreal! Our home (your home feels empty without you. I miss cuddling up next to you when hubby was away on business and it was hard to sleep by myself. I use to throw my leg over you. you hit me and said to get my leg off of you because she wasn't Greg.. <br />
Cannot not believe the last time I hugged you  touched you was the end of August during Greg's 50th birthday party before I left to NY. Calling each other daily on video was all we had to feel close. All you worried about was when I was coming home.<br />
It broke my heart to see you decline each day. Wishing we had more time with you mommy. I love you now and forever.
    There is not a day that goes by that I don't miss you and think about you. Pouring your morning coffee with crackers, taking you to your favorite store the
    goodwill,spending our Friday nights having a drink, your favorite B&B. I feel your presence around me especially when I walk into you beautiful room. The scent of your clothes, fresh and clean of fabric softener. So surreal! Our home (your home feels empty without you. I miss cuddling up next to you when hubby was away on business and it was hard to sleep by myself. I use to throw my leg over you. you hit me and said to get my leg off of you because she wasn't Greg..
    Cannot not believe the last time I hugged you touched you was the end of August during Greg's 50th birthday party before I left to NY. Calling each other daily on video was all we had to feel close. All you worried about was when I was coming home.
    It broke my heart to see you decline each day. Wishing we had more time with you mommy. I love you now and forever.

  32. 19 Jan 2021
    Dolores Pastrana lit a candle:
    Lit since January 19, 2021 at 1:08:43 AM

  33. 17 Jan 2021
    Rosanne M. Lovera posted an image:
    Mom just loved the beach. You will forever be with me mom walking on the sand collecting shells and swimming in the warm water
    Mom just loved the beach. You will forever be with me mom walking on the sand collecting shells and swimming in the warm water

  34. 15 Jan 2021
    Damaris Garces lit a candle:
    Lit since January 15, 2021 at 1:11:52 PM

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    Lisa Spencer lit a candle:
    Lit since January 15, 2021 at 1:28:37 AM

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  37. 15 Jan 2021
    Rosanne M Lovera posted an image:
    This was a very special day for me mom as you walked your last child to share my 25th wedding renewal as we never shared it in the past. I miss you so much as you are with me forever and I heard you call me this morning and I started to cry as I Knew you are with the angels. I hope you are dancing away and laughing out loud WEPPPPPPPPAAAAA. I want to hear it again mom. You said not to cry as you will be with your family and friends and no longer in pain - its tooo hard to not cry cause I don't have my shopping partner no more or for you to share a shot of B & B with Sergio or corona beer with me. Until we meet again as I now can say I am not afraid to go to heaven cause I will be with you and dad again so wait for me as it may be 30 plus yrs from now. I can still smell you and know your room is clean and your puzzles are with your panda. I watch your shows like we did at dinner time and hear your scream out the answer to wheel of fortune. I will continue mom to have your story be told to all who will listen and to your grandkids and great grandkids so they know what a fabulous grandma they had. Til I see you and feel you again mom always your ROSANNE P.S. Tell  Checo we are good and kisses to my dad.
    This was a very special day for me mom as you walked your last child to share my 25th wedding renewal as we never shared it in the past. I miss you so much as you are with me forever and I heard you call me this morning and I started to cry as I Knew you are with the angels. I hope you are dancing away and laughing out loud WEPPPPPPPPAAAAA. I want to hear it again mom. You said not to cry as you will be with your family and friends and no longer in pain - its tooo hard to not cry cause I don't have my shopping partner no more or for you to share a shot of B & B with Sergio or corona beer with me. Until we meet again as I now can say I am not afraid to go to heaven cause I will be with you and dad again so wait for me as it may be 30 plus yrs from now. I can still smell you and know your room is clean and your puzzles are with your panda. I watch your shows like we did at dinner time and hear your scream out the answer to wheel of fortune. I will continue mom to have your story be told to all who will listen and to your grandkids and great grandkids so they know what a fabulous grandma they had. Til I see you and feel you again mom always your ROSANNE P.S. Tell Checo we are good and kisses to my dad.

  38. 15 Jan 2021
    Rosanne M Lovera lit a candle:
    Lit since January 15, 2021 at 1:50:05 AM

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