Berenice Albertina Allen  Spellman
Berenice Albertina Allen Spellman

March 19, 1909 - February 2, 2004
Born in Chester, South Carolina
Resided in Glen Mills, PA


Berenice Albertina Allen Spellman, put class, dignity, and poise into everything she conquered whether it was being a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a sister, or a friend. She always added her unique touch to everything and everyone she encountered.
Berenice was born on March 19, 1909 in Chester, South Carolina to the late Roseva Lucille Walker Allen and the late Dr. Jacob Samuel Allen. On February 2, 2004, angels held her and carried her away to be with her Lord and Savior. At 94, she survived her sister Roseva Matilda Allen Allison, and brothers Dr. Marcus Walker Allen and Greg Bernard Allen. Bernice lived in Yeadon, Delaware County. PA.
Berenice or "Big B" as she was lovingly known to her friends, was educated at Brainard Institute in South Carolina. After graduation she went on to continue her education receiving a B.A. in General Studies from Harvard University, an M.A. in Latin from Columbia University and than a M.S.W. in social work from the University of Pennsylvania.
She met her husband, the late Lester Guy Spellman, Sr. at Howard University. They dated for a year before they decided to seal their love with the union of marriage. Through this union, they produced two children: Lester Guy Spelllman, Jr. and the late Berenice Lucille Spellman Puriefoy.
Berenice was very active throughout her life. Professionally, she began as a teacher at the hight school and college level. She later transitioned into social work where she worked for the former Mercy Douglas Hospital before retiring as a Director of Social Work with the State of Pennsylvania. She was a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, a co-foundding member of the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Links, a member of the Thousand Miler Club and a board member of the Lansdowne YMCA, a volunteer with the Dolphins of Delaware Valley. She enjoyed many activities. Among her favorites were gardening, cooking, reading, square dancing, quilting and knitting. A devout Christian, She was long-standing member of Union Memorial United Methodist Church where she enjoyed teaching Sunday school, playing piano and singing with the church's inspirational Choir.
Berenice Spellman was a caring and giving individual that allowed her light to shine in every area of her life whether it was at home or on the job or being a companion to all who needed her. She frequently visited the sick and shut-in members of her community.
She leaves to cherish her love and memory, her son Lester G. Spellman, Jr.: her grandchildren, Carson C. Puriefoy, Jr., Kia B. Puriefoy, Rene' Spellman, and Lester Guy Spellman, III; a great grandson Carson C. Puriefoy, III; a daughter-in-law, Michelle R. Spellman; a niece Dr. Betty C. Allen; nephews; Walker M. Allen and Gregory Allen; as well as a host of other relatives and many, many loving friends.
The family asks that donations be made in Berenice Spellman's name to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society by calling 1-800-FIGHT MS.

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Union Memorial United Methodist Church
Summit & Mulberry Streets
Darby, PA US 19079
Saturday, February 7, 2004
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Union Memorial United Methodist Church
10th & Mulberry Streets
Darby, PA US 19079
Saturday, February 7, 2004
10:00 AM
Eden Cemetery
1434 Springfield Road
Collingdale, PA US 19023
Saturday, February 7, 2004