Dorothy Spies never spoke an unkind word about anyone or to anyone ever, her daughter Judy Scheidt said.
“Mom always had a smile,” Scheidt said. “She was happy with the little things in life.”
Spies, 91, of Schererville and Hammond, was soft spoken.
“She had the respect of absolutely everybody,” Scheidt said.
Spies met her late husband Wendell at a barn dance. Married 59 years, they enjoyed dancing and time at their Canadian cottage. They had a fun-filled life, Scheidt said.
“They had so many couple friends, some for 40 or 50 years,” Scheidt said. “Mom and dad always entertained. She continued entertaining after dad passed. She was an excellent cook and baker and kept a beautiful home.”
At age 79, after Wendell died Spies learned to drive and purchased a townhome.
“My mother had a fantastic life,” Scheidt said. “She would be the first one to tell you that. Along with the move came all new neighbors and friends. Until age 90, mom walked 2.5 miles daily and enjoyed excellent health. She exercised all the time.”
A lifelong member of Zion United Church of Christ, her faith was important to Spies.
An avid card player, Spies belonged to three card clubs. She worked for 15 years as a receptionist for Dr. Cotter in Hammond.
“Mom always said ‘the way you talk to the children is the way your children will talk to you,’” Scheidt said. “She never asked for anything and was happy with whatever she had. She lived for today and tomorrow and never looked back to yesterday. She was always very upbeat. I never once heard her raise her voice.”
Scheidt said she misses talking with her mother on the phone.
“She was more my best friend than my mother,” Scheidt said. “Any of the four of us kids could talk to her about anything any time.”