Slaying victim ‘would do anything for anyone’

October 11, 2012 

Those who know 58-year-old Gail Spencer describe her as a "quality individual" who "would do anything for anyone."

Spencer, a grandmother of two, was found dead in her north Macon home early Saturday. Police have charged four people with murder in the case: Tracy Michelle Jones, 38, of Macon, step-siblings 18-year-old Michael Brett Kelly of Macon and 23-year-old Courtney Nicole Kelly of Warner Robins, and Keith Anthony Dozier, 23, of Warner Robins.

Spencer and Jones worked together as legal secretaries in Macon attorney Calder Pinkston’s office.

Spencer, who lived about a mile from Pinkston’s office, had been his office manager and legal secretary for 13 years.

When she died, she left a desk decorated with a montage of photos of her two grandchildren and her Shih Tzu, Lola.

The doting grandmother had wrapped presents stowed underneath the desk awaiting her granddaughter’s birthday later this month, Pinkston said.

“She just lived for them,” he said of Spencer’s grandchildren.

Mary Haskins described her mother-in-law as a “genuine, super, down-to-earth, organized” woman who “would do anything for anyone.”

Spencer enjoyed gardening and loved to travel. She dreamed of vacationing in Europe, Haskins said.

Pinkston said Spencer was a cheerful, hardworking woman who took pride in taking care of clients during the often-stressful process of closing on a home loan.

“What we do every day is often the biggest transaction in someone’s life,” Pinkston said.

Spencer regularly worked nights and Saturdays on her own accord, sometimes bringing in Lola, to make sure her work was complete.

One year she stayed until 11:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve to help with a home loan closing because clients wanted to move in on Christmas Day.

“There’s just nothing to describe what a quality individual she was,” Pinkston said.

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