Eleithia May (Spicer) Bondy passed away peacefully in her sleep on May 2, 2017. Eleithia was born on a cold winter day, Dec. 12, 1920, to Lottie and George Spicer in Byron. Eleithia was one of three born to the family that day, with only Eleithia and Leanord surviving to be raised with the other nine siblings, John, Cecil, Nova, Leo, Marge, Ernie, Stewart and Joyce, on the modest 180-acre farm. She was the last of the siblings to pass on.
Nicknamed Lee at an early age, she will be remembered by family and friends for her giving nature and spontaneous enthusiasm for life. Lee's early years were spent on her family's farm, one of the largest and best known in the region. Always willing to help neighbors, the Spicer's were known for their big hearts and helpful ways. Lee carried that spirit throughout her life. Her strong bonds with family and friends along with music, laughter and dance sustained their spirits throughout the hard times of the depression and World War II.
Eleithia and Ottwin "Ott" Bondy married shortly after World War II ended in January 1944. Together they raised four children, first were twins, Rachelle and Richard, Mark and then Tami.
Ott died on Oct. 4, 1997. Richard, a Vietnam veteran, died of cancer in 2005.
Lee is survived by Richard's son, Jeff Bondy; daughter, Rachelle Babcock; her son, Brook and daughter, Marcie; and great-granddaughter, Alex. Also surviving are son, Mark Bondy; and his son, Dillon; and Lee's youngest daughter, Tami Bondy.
In later years Ott and Lee traveled across the world but Lee's favorite memories were always those closest to home, with the family and friends she knew best. She will be greatly missed.
Her memorial service will be held in June at the family plot in Greenwood Cemetery in Vernon.
Please consider sharing your memories and condolences with the family on Lee's tribute page at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
The family is being cared for by the Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on May 10, 2017