Early Settlers of
Their Descendants...Their Stories...Their Achievements
Lifting the Mists of History on Their Way of Life
By: Ethelene Dyer Jones
Aunt Dora will live on—in memory and legend
All of us who have known and
loved Aunt Dora Hunter Allison Spiva for
so long were saddened at her passing on
She leaves behind the influence of her forty years of teaching on students too numerous to number, and the example of a life lived with joy, purpose and service. For her influence on so many, we are eternally grateful. She said to me, a motherless girl of fourteen, "You can do anything you set your mind to do." I found her advice worthy of following. Many could give a similar testimony to mine on the influence she had upon them in school and beyond as she "kept up with her own" and loved and encouraged us.
our minds as we think of the happy occasions we have spent with her. I
have set on her porch at her home in Choestoe and admired her flower
gardens, as lush and bountiful as any horticulturist could produce. I
have thought often of how her life was like an unfolding flower,
lifting thoughts like petals to sunshine in the early morning as she
sought the Lord's guidance for the day. She was a mainstay at our
wonderful Class of 1947 Reunions, and this could be said of any class
she nourished at
Now she is a
legend in our time. Each time we
think of her it will be with gratitude. As recently as October, she was
part of a documentary film which will open the
My prediction is that she will remain alive in the hearts and minds of those who loved and admired her, continuing to wield her positive influence, eliciting sweet memories of many associations with her; indeed, a legend in our time.
Dora Allison Spiva
Mrs. Dora Allison Spiva, 104, native and lifelong resident of Blairsville, Ga., died Tuesday, February 24, 2009 at Union General Hospital in Blairsville.
Mrs. Spiva was born
Mrs. Dora was
retired from the Union County School System and was a member of the
Georgia Retired Teachers Association, a charter member of The
Blairsville Garden Club, The American Legion Auxiliary, and Union
County Historical Society. The Dora Spiva
Educational Program is a scholarship program at
family members include special nephew, Charles "Buddy" and Bobbie
Hunter of Blairsville; many other nieces and nephews, and a host of
friends. Funeral services were held
If you wish,
the family has suggested memorial contributions be made to Choestoe
Baptist Church Building Fund,
Arrangements entrusted to Cochran Funeral Home - Blairsville Chapel. You are invited to view Mrs. Dora's Life Tribute, send condolences to the family and sign the guest register at www. cochranfuneralhomes.com.
c2009 by Ethelene Dyer Jones; published Mar. 5, 2009 in The Union Sentinel, Blairsville, GA. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.
[Ethelene Dyer Jones is a retired educator, freelance writer, poet, and historian. She may be reached at e-mail email@example.com; phone 478-453-8751; or mail 1708 Cedarwood Road, Milledgeville, GA 31061-2411.]
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