Carolyn J. Sears

May 30, 1941 ‒ January 16, 2015

Marengo, Ohio

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

  • So sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathy to your family. Love and prayers.
    Randy and Shelly Whited Kemmer and Family

  • Dick – My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family! Carolyn was a sweet woman and will be deeply missed by many.

  • Sorry to hear of the loss of Carolyn. I have fond memories staying at your house with Terry. I wish I could be there for the visitation. I will be praying for you.

  • I’m so very heartbroken to hear of your families lose. Carol was like my second mom and I cherished all the talks shared around your dinning room table with her and Terri over the years… I will be at the service if my new job permits… Please know I love all of you and your in my thoughts and prayers!!

  • We are so very sorry for your loss. May the Lords arms hold you and carry you close. Heaven is richer today.

  • Please accept our condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

    Brandon, Sarah, Katherine and Anthony Steele

  • I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers and I will see you at the service. You have my love as usual. Call me if you need me. Love you guys

    Crystal and Cody

  • Our deepest condolence to Dick and the family. Such a kind hearted soul and an excellent example of paying forward. She will be missed in our community. Our heart breaks for the family and community.

  • Glenn and I are in Florida and are very sorry to hear of Carolyn’s passing. We spent many happy hours together as our girls were growing up. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Dick, I am so sorry this has happened please know you and your family are in our prayers. She was a special lady with a big smile and warm heart. We will all miss her very much.

  • I just recently met this wonderful couple.
    Caring people thinking of others. She
    will surely be missed by everyone that met

  • Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts. My thoughts and prayers are with you all! Jan Barber

  • My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this hard. We all would love to send our condolences to you and your family. We love you and miss you Cindy. If there is anything you need or we can help with please let us know.

    We all love you,
    Caterina and Office staff

  • My deepest condolence to Cindy and the family. You are in my thoughts and prayers .
    Love and peace,

  • Cindy you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May you find strength and comfort in the God of all comfort. Know that he see’s, he knows, and he cares.

  • Carolyn and I were swimming buddies at the Silver Sneakers Wellness Center. I always enjoyed our times together. We will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers!
    God Bless, Inge and Dallas Popham

  • Mr. Sears,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this very difficult time. Us that know Cindy, know that she must have come from two wonderful parents. Carolyn sounded like a very special, caring, and compassionate lady, just like her daughter. We, at Mount Carmel, are sending our deepest condolences to you and your family.

  • Mr. Sears and Cindy, I am very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you are your family. I did not have the pleasure of meeting Carolyn, but from what I have read about her it seems that she was a loving person and cherished by all. Please accept my sincere condolences at the loss of your loved one. May peace and comfort find you during this difficult time.

  • I am so sorry for your loss and send love and prayers to all of you. I’ve been around your family a lot of years and this is a great pain to my heart as well.
    I am there for anything you need. I am speechless because we all know that only time heals pain and turns it to warm memories but I will pray that each and every day provides your entire family more comfort.

  • I was Carolyn’s swimming buddy at the Silver Sneakers Wellness Center. We always enjoyed our time together. We will continue to keep your family in our thoughts and prayers.
    God bless, Inge and Dallas Popham

  • Cindy and Family my deepest condolences to you at this time of loss. Mrs. Sears sounded like a very special, caring person that will be missed by all that knew her. I send you my thoughts and prayers.

    God bless you all.

  • We were sorry to hear about Carolyn. I am so glad that Janet and I had the opportunity to meet her out at Hardies that day . Our heart goes out to you and your family.
    Your Friend
    Larry Miller