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Nancy and David Stonebraker

Nancy and David Stonebraker

Their son was the "centerpiece of the family," known and loved in his community, and lived a happy life. In his honor, his parents have planned a gift for Mosaic through their estate.

"Spencer deserved his inheritance too," David Stonebraker said of his son. "He never got married and he never spent a lot of the money that kids do when they go to college, yet he deserved a portion of what we have left. We decided many years ago that we were going to leave a portion of our estate to Mosaic. He deserves that much."

David and his wife, Nancy, had three children. Spencer was their middle child. When they found he had Down syndrome, the couple determined that they would raise him no differently than they did their older daughter Debra, and son Ken, who came later.

"We took him everywhere from the time he was born," Nancy said.

Yet, as he grew, they faced a challenge. The couple always assumed that Spencer would one day move out on his own, the same as their other children. But the choices were slim - possibly a nursing home (which they knew would not be good for him), or an institution somewhere.

Then they heard of a Nebraska organization that was looking to expand into their state. Nancy called to inquire and, within weeks, the wheels were turning for Mosaic (then named Bethphage) to start day services and build housing for people with disabilities in their town. From the beginning, Nancy and David were on board and supportive. They are credited as the reason Mosaic exists in their community. "I feel God called us to do this," Nancy said.

Spencer died 15 years ago of a blood disease. That was hard on Nancy and David. But today, they serve as volunteers at Mosaic and give in his honor.

"It's a good cause," David said. "This is not something we feel like we have to do. It is something we want to do."


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