Carolyn J. Sears
May 30, 1941 ‒ January 16, 2015
Carolyn J. Sears, age 73, of Marengo, died unexpectedly on Friday afternoon, January 16, 2015, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Mount Vernon.
On May 30, 1941, Carolyn was born in Convoy, OH, the second of six children of the late John and Olive (Harvey) Steele. She was raised in West Lafayette, Ohio, where she graduated from Baltic High School. She furthered her education at the Mount Vernon Business School, and at Columbia Union College in Washington, D.C.
While attending the Mount Vernon Business School, Carolyn was introduced to one of her good friend’s brother, Richard “Dick” Sears, and the rest was history. They were married shortly thereafter on August 6, 1962, at the Centerburg United Methodist Church. Together they lived in the Sunbury area until 1971, when they moved to their farm in Marengo. Carolyn and Dick cherished their fifty three years of marriage, and were always together.
A loving homemaker, Carolyn took pride in caring for husband and three daughters. Then, once her children were old enough, Carolyn worked as a telephone operator at the local telephone company in Mount Gilead for over 10 years. She also worked as a librarian at the Selover Public Library in Chesterville for several years.
Dedicated to their community and friends, Carolyn was a member of the Morrow County Women Democrats, Sparta Good Time Seniors, Seniors on Center in Mount Gilead, and the Silver Sneakers Wellness Center in Mount Vernon. She also was Dick’s biggest supporter, always by his side with the many civic organizations he gives of his time and efforts to.
Avid travelers, Carolyn and Dick have loved traveling the world together. Their travels have taken them across most of the United States and most of Europe. She loved an adventure and was always “ready to go.”
Having a green thumb, Carolyn enjoyed planting an extensive vegetable and flower garden at home on the farm every year. For Carolyn, canning was a way of life. She also loved reading, with a fondness for a good mystery or romance novel.
Most important of all to Carolyn was her family. Her daughters and grandchildren were her favorite pastime. She was always sewing, knitting, crocheting, crafting, or cooking something for them to enjoy. She showered them with love their entire lives.
She will be dearly missed by her beloved husband, Dick Sears of Marengo; two daughters: Cindy (Paul) Goulker of Gahanna, and Shelby (Donald) Emerson of Westerville; four grandchildren: Christopher Poulton, and Elizabeth, Eyan, and Eren Emerson; five siblings: James Steele of St. Helena, CA, Harriett (Dennis) Pollock of Fresno, CA, John (Cindi) Steele of West Lafayette, OH, Max (Paula) Steele of Dresden, OH, and Sharon (Daniel) Cabrera of Fontana, CA; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Including her parents, Carolyn was preceded in death by her daughter, Terry Sears in 2010.
Her family will greet friends from 4 – 7 p.m. on Friday, January 23rd, at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead. Services honoring her life will also be held there at 11 a.m. on Saturday, with Celebrant Don Lockwood and Pastor Erin Porter officiating. Burial will be held at a later date in Bloomfield Cemetery in Sparta.
Memorial contributions may be made to Seniors on Center, 41 W. Center St., Mount Gilead, OH 43338.
Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Carolyn’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.