Joan M. Spiker, teacher, antiques collector

March 23, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Joan M. Spiker, a retired first-grade teacher and antiques collector, died Thursday of cancer at Talbot Hospice House in Easton. She was 65.

Joan Murgatroyd, the daughter of a doctor and a homemaker, was born in Baltimore and raised in Roland Park.

She was a 1962 graduate of Roland Park Country School and attended what is now Stevenson University and the University of Maryland, College Park, where she earned a bachelor's degree in 1966.

Mrs. Spiker began her teaching career at Kingsville Elementary School and in 1980 began teaching first grade at the Country School in Easton. She retired in 2008.

"Joan's passion had always been teaching. She often put in long hours preparing lessons," said her husband of 40 years, Don J. Spiker, an educator who retired from St. Michaels High School, where he had been an alternative-learning instructor.

"In her 28 years, she had started more than 400 children on their academic paths. Many are parents now. She will be remembered by those students she touched, and her passion will live on in their lives," he said.

After retiring from teaching, she owned and operated an antiques business in Lewes, Del., with her sister and a friend.

Mrs. Spiker, who had lived in Easton since 1969, was an avid collector of antique buttons. She also enjoyed genealogy and kayaking.

A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. today at St. Mark's United Methodist Church, 100 Old School House Lane No. 2 in Easton.

Also surviving are a son, John F. "Jack" Spiker of Shiloh, N.J.; a daughter, Jennifer S. Novalis of Bedford, Va.; a brother, George W. "Skip" Murgatroyd of Malibu, Calif.; a sister, Margaret M. Beall of Lewes, Del.; and a grandson.

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