Alecia "Maria" Spence Jaibat, 51, of Athens, passed away Saturday, April 11, 2020 at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga.
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Maria was a native of Autryville, North Carolina and longtime resident of McMinn County. She was a daughter of the late Doyl Lee Spence of Wausau, Florida.
She was a graduate of Lakewood High School in Roseboro, NC and was a graduate of Campbell University in Buies Creek, NC. She taught school at Pine Forrest Senior High School at Fayetteville, NC. She and her husband Gus owned and operated Michael's Casual Dining in Athens, TN and Etowah, TN.
She is survived by her husband, Gus Jaibat of Athens; her mother Patricia Elaine Edwards Johnson of Autryville, NC; one daughter, Sumer Rose Jaibat and two sons, Zakariah Jaibat and Ryan Jaibat all of Athens; one brother, Jeffrey (Joan) Spence of Autryville, NC.
There will a visitation at Smith Funeral Home on Wednesday, April 15, 2020, from 1:00-4:00 pm, this will be in compliance with CDC,COVID-19 regulations. She will be interred at Halls United Methodist Church Cemetery in Autryville, NC on Friday, April 17, 2020.
The family suggests in lieu of flowers donations be made to McMinn Regional Humane Society, 219 Alford Street, Athens, TN 37303.