Marionette Whitehead Spain

Marionette Whitehead Spain

Suffolk, VA
04.15.1928 - 04.18.2017
Southampton County, Virginia

Marionette Whitehead Spain, 89, a 14-year resident of Lake Prince Woods, passed away peacefully and quietly during the early evening hours of April 18, 2017 following a brief stay at Obici Hospital. She was born in Southampton County the oldest child of Leland and Lucille Whitehead, and she was raised an old fashioned country girl on her parents’ farm near Sebrell, VA. She survived the passing of both her parents and of 2 younger brothers, Leonard and William Whitehead. Marionette graduated from Courtland High School in 1945, and went on to attend James Madison University (then Madison College) and a business college in Richmond, VA where she sharpened her secretarial skills. She married her husband, William James (i.e., “Jimmie”) Spain, Jr. and they lived in Drewryville and Franklin, VA before moving to Suffolk in 1956 where they thrived for the remainder of their lives. The couple raised three sons, Edward Huland Spain, William James Spain, III, and Shea Meredith Spain, and they had 4 grandchildren, James, Nicholas, Meredith, and Jamie Spain, and one great grandchild, Lana. When not raising her sons, Marionette devoted her time to volunteer community service activities, entertaining friends and business associates of her husband in the home, and varied recreational activities including tennis with many friends around the Suffolk area. She had a deeply held, lifelong interest in home furnishing and interior decoration and prided herself in decorating and arranging her homespace.

The family wishes to express our profound appreciation and love for the many fine professionals who have enriched and supported her lifestyle in recent years, especially during the 6 years since the passing of her husband. These include the staff of Lake Prince Woods and in-home aides from Home Instead, and members of her final care team at Obici Hospital who are too numerous to mention individually here. We are also very appreciative of the many devoted friendships she maintained both within and outside the Lake Prince Community.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that charitable donations be made to either of 2 entities: 1) the Lake Prince Relief Fund which her husband contributed to upon his death, and 2) the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts (contact Jackie Cherry at 923-0003 ext 3026 or which Marionette and her husband helped to establish and maintain.

A visitation will be held Friday, April 21, 2017 from 7-8:30 PM at R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory 509 W. Washington St., Suffolk. A memorial service and reception will be held Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Lake Prince Woods Main Building 100 Anna Goode Way, Suffolk between 3-5:00 PM. Marionette will be buried next to her husband in Suffolk’s Cedar Hill Cemetery. No gravesite services will be held. Condolences may be offered below.

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R.W. Baker & Co.
509 W. Washington St.
Suffolk, VA 23434
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My family lived on the farm next door to the Whiteheads'. I remember when Marionette and Jimmie got married and when she lost her brother, Leonard, while he was in the service. Billy and I went to school in Courtland and rode the same school bus every day. Her mother was very active in the Methodist Church in Sebrell where we attended at the time. To the family members, my deepest sympathy and prayers for all of you. May your Mother rest in peace and join Jimmie on the other side.

Jean Rollings Holland

As a niece, I have many fond memories of time spent with Marionette and Jimmy. Both were so generous with their time and resources. One of my favorite memories is when we visited Jimmy and Marionette. They showed us the town of Suffolk and took us to a peanut store. I believe Jimmy purchased one of every kind of peanut product in the store. We were enjoying peanuts for months!
To the family, I am so sorry for your loss, and I want you to know that we will be praying for strength, peace, and comfort for your family.

Tom, Jayne, Sara and Austin Beachler

Jayne Beachler

Please know how sorry we were to learn of your loss of dear, precious Marionette! The picture is just perfect , showing her bubbly personality! We have such great memories of our "adventures " with Marionette and Jimmy! Our love to all your family!
Mary Benn and Johnny Failes

Mary Benn Failes

To the entire Spain Family, our deepest sympathy and heartfelt prayers for all of you. We are so sorry for your loss and we want you to know that we all will be praying for strength, peace, and comfort during this time. May your mother rest in peace!

Take care and may God continue to bless you and your family.

Rick Matthews and Suffolk Family YMCA Staff

My thoughts and prayers are with all the family. I am so sorry for your loss. May you find peace and comfort during this difficult time. Cherish your memories of this special lady. She will be forever in your heart.

Lea Jean Manry

I was so sad to hear about Marionette's passing. She was an artistic and giving person, with the determination to do anything she put her mind to. She loved her family and I will really miss our phone calls and hearing all about her grandchildren. My heart hurts for Hugh, Billy, and Shea. I will be thinking about y'all as you deal with this tremendous loss. Please feel free to call me at anytime.
Aunt Ruth

Ruth Spain

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