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Melanie Lea Spears


Melanie Lea Spears

July 23, 1957 - May 10, 2022

Melanie Lea Spears, 64, of Minneapolis, MN, journeyed to the spirit world on Tuesday, May 10th, 2022, at Hennepin County Medical Center.

Melanie was born on July 23rd, 1957, the oldest of seven children to James Owen Morgan and Phyllis Albertina (Barry) Morgan. A member of Crow Creek, Dakota Tribe of Fort Thompson, SD. She grew up in Bloomington MN, graduated from John F. Kennedy High School. Received her Bachelor’s Degree from Macalester College, Received her Masters of Divinity at Seabury Seminary, Chicago, IL. She retired from All-Saints Indian Mission, Minneapolis, MN. Melanie met the love of her life, George Spears at Macalester College, they were married August 14th, 1976. Their love was eternal and they are at peace together again.

In 2009, Melanie received a kidney transplant from her dear friend Nita Losey. Nita’s selfless gift gave Melanie the ability to bless all our lives longer. Melanie was a guiding light who brought peace to every room she entered. Folks would feel centered after having a conversation with her, when things were out of balance she was an anchor that would ground you, a force of nature. The matriarch of her family, she exuded grace, kindness and compassion. Melanie always put others before herself and gave good medicine. Melanie’s strength was remarkable as she fought many health challenges throughout her lifetime. Her faith was powerful and her love of God amazing.

Melanie was an inspiring teacher; among her many gifts she was always an example of forgiveness no matter what. Melanie was wonderful to everyone she met. Melanie cherished her relationship with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Melanie loved Christmas. She always worked so hard to make everyone know they were important and loved, gifts were just one of the ways she did that.

Melanie is survived by her sons: Gary Spears, Chester Spears (Gabriela), George Spears Jr. (Rhia), Joseph Spears, daughters: Corrina Spears, Melody Iron Eaglefeather (Levi), Chanella Godinez (Alejandro); brother: Mark Morgan; sisters: Mary Ziegler, Melissa Morgan and Margaret Sanchez; many grandchildren, great grandchildren and many other loving family and friends.

Melanie is preceded in death by her parents, her husband George Spears Sr., her brother Matthew and her sister Meredith.

All-Night Visitations:

Thursday, May 12, 2022


Friday, May 13, 2022

Beginning at 7:00 P.M.

All-Saints Church

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Funeral Service:

Saturday, May 14, 2022

1:00 P.M.

All-Saint Church

Minneapolis, Minnesota


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