Friday, February 4, 2011


JOHNSTOWN — In one area, Nancy Spencer of Walnut Grove and her son Scott had a contentious relationship.

She proclaimed that the Pittsburgh Steelers were the best team in the NFL.

He argued that the title belonged to the Green Bay Packers.

When Scott Spencer died unexpectedly a little over a year ago, his mother honored his devotion to his team by having his tombstone designed with the Green Bay logo.

Since she plans to be laid to rest by her only son someday, the other side of the double stone was engraved with a Steelers logo.

Spencer was devastated when the 39-year-old died unexpectedly at home where they lived together.

He will be very much on her mind when she watches a Super Bowl on Sunday.

“I know Sunday, he will be watching,” she said.

Spencer said her son had his first opportunity to see his beloved Packers less than three weeks before his death.

The team went head-to-head with the Steelers in Pittsburgh on Dec. 20, 2009 – and Spencer was able to get tickets for her son and his uncle.

“I don’t know what I paid for the tickets, but it was the best money I’ve ever spent,” she said.

“He got to see his Packers play.”

The heartbroken mother decided to allow her son’s personality to be reflected – even at the funeral home.

“When he was laid out, he had his tickets in his hand, his Green Bay shirt on, and had the old Green Bay hat that he always wore,” Spencer said.

Two little bouquets with green and gold carnations adorned the casket.

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