Proclamation presented to Spence’s family

Jul. 29, 2014 @ 10:11 AM

Friends, family and coworkers of the late Robynn Spence gathered at the Rutherford County Courthouse Monday to receive official copies of a resolution adopted in her honor last month.

Rep. Mike Hager, R-Rutherford, introduced the resolution to the North Carolina House of Representatives on June 12, and he presented the copies to Spence's daughter, Savanna Spence and to her parents, Robbie and Diane Lowe of Charlotte.

“We wanted to do something special and we wanted to frame it so everyone knows how we feel about her,” Hager said.

Robynn Spence died unexpectedly Feb. 16 at Mission Hospitals in Asheville after a brief illness.

Hager addressed the full courtroom and said, even now, he misses “his friend.”

“It’s a testament to Robynn to see all these people here today,” Hager said.

He presented Savanna Spence with the first framed print and talked about the speech she gave at her mother’s funeral. He said it showed character and poise and he was “grateful” he spoke before Savanna and not after.

“I don’t think there was any way I could have followed that,” Hager said.

Another framed print was presented to Robynn Spence’s parents.

“Just the outpouring of support has been overwhelming,” said Robbie Lowe, Robynn Spence’s father.

Savanna said that she still tries to deal with the loss of her mother of whom she called her “best friend.”

“Losing my mom will probably be the hardest thing I will ever experience,” Savanna Spence said. “I just want to thank everyone for all they have done.”

Hager said people responded because of Robynn Spence’s nature of giving.

“She was always such a giving person and that will be one of the biggest things that will stick with me,” Hager said.