Melanie Mary Spano of Geneva passed away at a Dothan hospital on Sunday, November 22, 2020. She was 61. A graveside service was held at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 2, 2020, at Elmwood Cemetery in Birmingham with Pittman Funeral Home of Geneva, directing. The family received friends at the funeral home on Monday, November 30, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. and on Tuesday, December 1, 2020, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Research Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105.
Mrs. Spano was born on November 28, 1958, to the late John and Norma Thibodeaux Boudreaux. She served in the US Navy and later worked as a secretary for various accounting firms. Mel loved people, having donated her time assisting with various hospice organizations.
She is survived by her husband, William “Bill” Spano of Geneva; two stepsons, Paul Spano (Charley) of Greenville, and Steven Spano (Michelle), both of Greenville, TN; one daughter, Michelle Howard (Ryan) of Visalia, CA, and stepdaughter, Angela Spano Underwood (Will) of Foley, AL; seven grandchildren; three sisters: Julie Hebert (Tex), Jane Melancon (David), and Tesa Lanza (Mike); one brother, Johnny Boudreaux (Janel); and many nieces and nephews, whom she dearly loved. Mel dearly loved her Cajun Heritage and her birthplace, Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. Although she lived a major part of her life in other states, she remained in contact with friends and family on a regular basis. She leaves us with a flood of wonderful memories. She knew no strangers.