Greg Spoor, a Missouri father with twins on the way, was always misplacing his wallet, his wife said.
He needed it that night, Nov. 29, she said, so he could go buy more supplies for the family’s crafting business, creating flags out of wood.
Morgan Spoor helped her husband find his wallet. The couple shared a kiss goodbye.
It would be the last time the two would see each other.
About a quarter-mile away from the Spoors’ West Plains, Mo., home, Greg’s 1994 Chevrolet pickup truck hit a deer, which crashed through the windshield. The 30-year-old died on impact, a state trooper would later tell Morgan.
That night, the trooper brought her husband’s personal belongings from the crash, including his wallet.
“My legs gave out. I remember sitting down on the porch just crying. I had Avery with me,” she said of their 5-year-old daughter. “She didn’t know what was going on. She was scared, and she just kept saying, ‘Where’s Daddy? When’s Daddy going to come home?’ I didn’t know what to tell her.”
Morgan, 31, is now 26 weeks pregnant with twins — a boy and a girl, what her husband of four years wished for, she said. She’s staying in a hospital in nearby Springfield because she’s been diagnosed with placenta previa, where the placenta is too close to the cervix and can cause bleeding and other complications.
But before she had to go into the hospital late last month, Morgan picked up where her husband left off in the family business.
Pursuing his dream of self-employment, Greg started Country Boy Craftin in 2016, and the couple made signs, shelves and other “knick-knacky things” in their garage shop, his wife said. He later received requests to create gun cabinets and wooden flags, which became one of their most popular products. Online orders started coming in.
After he died, Morgan renamed the business His Dream Creations, a subtle reminder of Greg. Morgan has been sharing updates on social media, showing the business’s progress.
“Not only was it our income, but I was thinking one day and I thought about all of last year, everything that we worked for was out there in that shop. He had worked so hard and that was his dream. … I can’t give up on his dream, and in my head, all I keep hearing him say is, ‘You best not give up. I’ll give you a whoopin,’ which he’d always say. He’d say, ‘Do you need a whoopin’?’” Morgan chuckled.
In 2017, Morgan not only lost her husband but also had a child who was stillborn. The baby, Marley, had no heartbeat, a doctor told the couple at 20 weeks. Marley was born through induced labor last March 29.
Morgan says she finds hope and comfort in her children — Avery and Chase — as well as the two on the way. The twins will share Greg’s first and middle names — Gregory Beckett and Amelia Lee.
“My kids have kept me going. If it wasn’t for them, I would have given up a long time ago,” Morgan said.
After the twins are born this spring, Morgan plans to go back home and start the family business back up inside a new, larger shop that was being built when Greg died.
Since her story was first published by the Ozark County Times, she’s received several messages from people in the community and more traffic on the His Dream Creations Facebook and Instagram pages. Other local woodworking businesses have also offered help with orders and supplies, she said.
Morgan said she has shared her story of loss in hopes that it can help someone else.
“I want to help people, and I want to be an inspiration to someone who might be in the same shoes I am to let them know that you can do it,” she said. “And I know I can’t change the world, but if I can change the world for one person, that makes all the difference.”