Nina (Marden) Ross Spearin

READFIELD – Nina (Marden) Ross Spearin, 85, of Readfield, died peacefully at home on Monday April 12, 2021. She was born April 22, 1935 in Belfast, the daughter of Ashbury K. and Martha Anna (Curtis) Marden.

Nina was a friend to everyone she met. Although she knew tragedy at a young age, she loved to laugh and have fun and had a wonderful, positive outlook on life. She cared deeply for the well-being of others, often lending an ear or shoulder to those around her. Her very nature was to try and make everything okay for others. Her kindness and acceptance was felt by all who knew her. You could say that Nina’s life was a life full of random acts of kindness. Always giving, you hardly left her home empty handed after visiting. If you knew Nina, you probably own one of her handmade pot holders, bags, placemats or coin purses. She loved sewing, and attended many craft shows throughout the state to sell her handiwork.

Never a stranger to hard work, Nina and her husband Clyde ran a successful family farm for decades while raising their three daughters and teaching them the values of work, honesty, and integrity. She and Clyde both opened their home many times to anyone who needed help or a place to stay. With them, you never felt judged.

In 1999, Nina married Richard, gaining another whole family to love and enjoy. Together they traveled and enjoyed home improvement projects until his passing. Nina always looked forward to her phone calls from her sister, Maudine, and visiting with her and her brother, Mutt, in Brooks, or what she referred to as “over home”. Always on the go, she loved being “out galavanting” with her friends Carol and Jane. It was said about Nina that she was “always on the road”. If a car was going somewhere, she wanted to be in it. When she was home, she loved having company, and often had friends or family in to play a game of cards.

Nina loved her grand-dog, Duke and adored her cat, Smokey. Most of all, Nina loved her family immensely, and they loved her. Any new addition was quickly accepted and loved by her and made to feel as though they had always been a part of it. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the joy in her life. She loved hearing about what they were doing and keeping in touch with them when they weren’t around. Nothing made her happier than when she was around them.

Nina will be sadly missed and leaves many, many fond memories for those who were lucky enough to know her.

Nina was predeceased by her first husband, Clyde Ross in 1993, by her second husband, Richard Spearin in 2008; and a sister, Virginia “Hannah” Ventresco.

She is survived by her daughters, Beverly Gill and her husband P.J. of Randolph, Debbie Owen and her husband Kevin of Utah and Bonnie Leighton and her husband Bob of Readfield; her brother Ashbury “Mutt” Marden Jr. and his wife Helen of Brooks, sister, Maudine Cunningham and her companion Arthur of Brooks; her grandchildren, Brian Leighton and his wife Shannon, Kyle Leighton and his wife Shelby, Devin Leighton and his wife Brandi, Tom Leighton, and Tatiana Boynton; as well as five great-grandchildren Cora, Harper, Gwen, Clyde, and Olive Leighton.

Relatives and friends may visit at Roberts Funeral Home, 62 Bowdoin St. Winthrop, Friday April 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. Following the guidelines of the State of Maine and the CDC, social distancing and masks will be required. A memorial service will be held at the Monmouth Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on Saturday April 24 at 10 a.m.

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in Nina’s honor

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