June Beakes Byrne Spencer

obit byrneNORTHEAST HARBOR — A longtime summer resident of Northeast Harbor, June Beakes Byrne Spencer died peacefully in her home in Chevy Chase, Md., on Oct. 13, 2015. Born and raised in Bay City, Texas, she came to Washington, D.C., to attend Arlington Hall School and worked in the federal government in the New Deal years and in the State Department posted to Madrid during World War II. She co-founded the Foreign Service Women’s Association. She is remembered for her commitment to social services, including to the Boys Club of Washington. She was happily married to James MacGregor Byrne, who served in the Foreign Service, and to Samuel Spencer, a lawyer and chair of the Washington Board, which governed the District of Columbia.

She is survived by four children and one grandson. A member and president of the Cranberry Club, she loved all the shopkeepers, workers and residents of Northeast Harbor and the surrounding towns who made her life in Mount Desert Island such a wonderful gift.

A memorial service will be scheduled in the summer. In lieu of flowers, please offer a donation to your favorite charity.

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