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AUG. 3, 1953 -- NOV. 7, 2004

Jody M. Spooner of Eden Prairie, Minn., an intensive-care nurse at Buffalo General Hospital in the 1970s and 1980s, died Sunday in a Minneapolis hospital from injuries suffered when she was struck by a pickup truck a day earlier. She was 51.

Family members said Mrs. Spooner, who was active in several volunteer agencies in Eden Prairie, was able to donate her heart, liver, kidneys and pancreas to other people.

"She touched so many people in life and will continue to touch more through her organ donation," said her sister, Janet Ames of the Town of Tonawanda. "Whoever got her heart is the luckiest."

A Watertown native, the former Jody Ames graduated from North Syracuse High School and earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from the University at Buffalo. She worked as an ICU cardiac nurse at Buffalo General for about 13 years, before she moved to Eden Prairie with her family in 1988.

Surviving, in addition to her sister Janet, are her husband of 22 years, Dr. Ted of Eden Prairie; three sons, Marc, Eric and Craig; and four brothers, William Ames of Dixon, Calif., Brian Ames of Valrico, Fla., Robert Ames of Binghamton and Bruce Ames of Appleton, Wis.

A memorial service will be tonight in Eden Prairie.


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