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Friday January 14th, 2022
1:30pm - 2:30pm

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Margaret A. "Rea" Speir

Margaret A. “Rea” Speir, 85, of Albany, GA, passed away peacefully with her daughters by her side on January 10, 2022 at Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital in Charleston, SC. Graveside funeral services will be held Friday, January 14, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. at Floral Memory Gardens Cemetery. Rev. Bruce English will officiate.

Rea was born in Shreveport, LA on July 21, 1936 to Leon and Loretta Barwick. Being in a Military Family, she lived in many places but grew up in Charleston, SC. Rea graduated from Moultrie High School and received her Nursing Degree from The Tuomey Hospital School of Nursing. After college, she joined the United States Air Force and served as a Registered Nurse reaching the rank of 1st Lieutenant.

Rea moved from Tucson, AZ to Albany, GA in 1968 and was employed as a Registered Nurse for over forty years and retired from Albany Podiatry Associates in 2006. She was a member of Bronwood Baptist Church and loved being with her family, reading and playing games. And she was very competitive. In addition to her parents, Rea was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Mercer Speir in 2011 and a sister, Anne Barwick Williamson.

Survivors include her daughters, Teresa (Barry) Heape of Albany, GA, Kim (Max) Smith of Leesburg, GA and Shari (Jay) Aiken of Keller, TX, a brother, Leon Barwick, Jr. of Montgomery, AL, her grandchildren, Christopher (Kaylee) Heape, Justin (Brianne) Heape, Jackson Smith, Hillary (Ryan) Martin, Jimmy Smith, Whitney (Josh) Wilson, Trae (Carolyn) Cannon and sixteen great-grandchildren. Survivors also include a special companion, Robert Gehlkin.

The family will receive friends from 1:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. Friday before the service at Mathews Funeral Home.

Those desiring my make memorials in memory to Rea to the Lake Blackshear Dog Rescue, 671 Flintside Drive, Cobb, GA, 31735.

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I'm so sorry for your loss. She will be missed.

Keara Keith Jan 17 2022 12:11 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Margaret Speir

Terri and Phil Partin Jan 15 2022 6:00 AM

I worked with Rea for years at Albany Podiatry, she was the kindness and sweeties Lady.
I called her ReRe and she called me BeBe
She will truly be missed.

Hornsby Debbie Jan 14 2022 5:54 PM

My sweet Rea
I love Rea and so glad she was a part of my life. Her 3 beautiful daughters were very loving just like Rea. Rea was a good Christian step mom to me. She was very good to my dad and he loved her dearly!! Now may she Rest In Peace in the sweet arms of Jesus Christ and now she's with dad. I will always love you Rea and Teresa Kim and Shari❤️

Jill and Jeff Snyder Jan 14 2022 2:16 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Margaret Speir

Beverly Cannon Jan 13 2022 9:47 PM

I'm deeply sorry for your loss. I loved she was the best! I remember her and my father dressing up as New Years babies one year. She was always up for fun! She a kind funny up beat Super Mom!!

Chrissy Miller Jan 13 2022 8:23 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Margaret Speir

Paula Basko Jan 13 2022 7:28 PM

With a heavy heart we send our condolences

Jesse James Jan 13 2022 4:48 PM

Ms. Rea brightened the life of anyone that knew her. Her smile and disposition could put anyone at ease and I never saw her without it. She passed that ability to smile, down to each one of her daughters. Having the great privilege of knowing her and her family for many years, she brought joy into my life, the lives of my children, and thankfully though briefly, my grandchildren. She will be greatly missed and always remembered. Those memories will forever make us smile. Peace and grace to all of her amazing family; she taught and loved you well.

Soraya Miller Jan 13 2022 4:32 PM

We at Albany Podiatry Associates offer our heartfelt condolences. Ms. Rea will always be remembered as a wonderful person with a radiant smile, and she was a treasured RN here before her retirement. May she rest with peace and love.

Marie Dato Jan 13 2022 2:38 PM

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