Bette R. (Hirons) Speel


Bette R. (Hirons) Speel, age 78, of Warwick, passed away at home on Wednesday, November 23, 2022, surrounded by her family.  She was the wife of John W.F. Speel, II.  They were married for 60 years.

Born in Providence, a daughter of the late Robert Hirons and Ruth (Waldron) Hirons Collins, and the step-daughter of the late William J. Collins, she lived in Warwick for most of her life.

Bette was employed as manager of the bookkeeping department at Old Stone Bank computer center in Warwick for 25 years.  She was later employed as office manager at Arrest-A-Pest in Warwick for 20 years.  She retired in 2006.

Bette was an avid golfer and 25-year member of the Foster Country Club.  A winter resident of Florida, she was a member of the Fairways 3 Condominium Association in Lehigh Acres, Florida.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Laurie J. Gremour and her husband Timothy, of Warwick; a son, John W.F. Speel, III and his wife Lisa, of Warwick; two sisters, Linda L. Hogan of Warwick and Joan L. Conover of North Kingstown; four grandchildren, Joshua I. Speel, Timothy P. Gremour, Nathan R. Gremour, and Noah Gremour; and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, December 2, at 10 a.m. in Trinity Episcopal Church, 139 Ocean Avenue, Cranston.  Visiting hours will be on Thursday, December 1, from 4 - 7 p.m. in the Barrett & Cotter Funeral Home, 1328 Warwick Avenue, Spring Green, Warwick.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the The Autism Project, 1516 Atwood Avenue, Johnston, RI  02919.

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