Frances Sears

June 19, 1934 ‒ August 11, 2020

Lexington, Ohio

LEXINGTON: Long time Lexington resident Frances Sears died peacefully at Lexington Court Care on August 11, 2020. She was 86.

Fran was born on June 19, 1934 in Exchange, West Virginia to Frank and Dacil Cutlip. She graduated from Gassaway High School and continued her education at Glenville State College where she earned her BA in Education in 1956. In 1959 she married Doyal Sears, also of Exchange and they moved to Ashland, Ohio. She began her teaching career in Ashland and then on to Lexington in 1962, she taught at Western Elementary for nearly 30 years.

Mrs. Sears, as she is known to so many, belonged to Steam Corners Methodist Church where she was involved in several committees. She enjoyed being outdoors, playing golf, doing the crossword puzzles and running into her former students. For more than 25 years, she was a member of the Buckeye Country Cloggers and loved traveling to festivals and fairs to perform. Her greatest love, however, was the state of West Virginia. She enjoyed every trip “down-home” to see family and friends!

Her husband Doyal preceded her in death along with her sister Carol Sumner and brother Lowell Cutlip. She is survived by her three children Jill Steele (Rich) of Bellville, Pam Regrut (Eric) of Strongsville and Alan Sears (Niccole) of Fredericktown; six grandchildren-  Daniel Regrut (LeAnne) of Columbus, John, Matthew and Amy Regrut of Strongsville and Jack and Will Sears of Fredericktown. Also, surviving are her four sisters Phyllis Reed of Blissfield, Ohio, Lillian Haymond of Springfield, Virginia, Patricia Lovin of Parrotsville, Tennessee and Frankie Morehead (Clyde) of Annapolis, Maryland. Brothers-in-law Gene Sears (June) of Smyrna, Tennessee and Jennings Sears (Kathy) of Exchange, West Virginia as well as sisters-in-law Sue Cutlip of Exchange, West Virginia and Wilda Sears of Gassaway, West Virginia along with countless nieces and nephews survive her as well.

Calling hours will be held Monday, August 17, 2020 from 4pm to 7pm at the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home; 2553 Lexington Ave, Mansfield, OH 44904.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Fran’s memory can be made to the Western Elementary School Library, 103 Clever Lane, Lexington, OH 44904.  (Lexington Local Schools – Fran Sears in the Memo)

Her family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Lexington Court Care Center and OhioHealth Hospice for the attentive care given to Fran.

Online condolence:


  • Jill and Family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Your family is in our prayers
    Heather Kraft

  • Fran was an amazing light. She was the ultimate encourager to everyone walking by her room. I love her dearly and will miss her.

    • Annie, we are grateful for your wonderful care. Everyone at Lex Court was her extended family, especially the past 7 months. Thank you for caring and loving her

  • I knew your mother simply from visiting my parents when they were living at Lexington Court. My father (Kelly Starr) passed in March of 2019 and my mom (Donna Starr) in November of 2019. Your mother was always smiling and happy and truly a hoot – I loved her sense of humor! She was a joy when I passed her room, and if I didn’t see her I went in search of her! I found out that she was friends of one of my friends from Resurrection, Anne Hershner. In fact, that is how I knew your mama had passed. Please know that she always made me feel good, and I shared a laugh and a tear with her on occasion. Hold onto your memories and your faith…I feel blessed to have known her even for a short amount of time!

  • You all are in our thoughts and prayers! We loved Fran and will miss her. May you have comfort in knowing she is in Jesus’s arms now and with your wonderful dad!
    Dave and Brenda Thompson family

  • Your family’s are in my thoughts and prayers. I miss your mom. She always made me smile. I loved to pick on her and her on me. I always checked on her when I went to visit my mom. (Kay Greene) mom enjoyed her also. ❤️🙏🏻

    • Thank you for checking on her. Thank you to you and Robin for stopping by the calling hours. I am keeping you and your mom in my prayers

  • We are sorry for the loss of your sister, mother, grandmother, and our cousin. She always had the sweetest smile. Please know you are in our prayers. Love,Uncle Frank Westfall ‘s Family

  • So sorry about the loss of your mom and grandma. I always enjoyed visiting her at her home and also in Lex COurt until the virus stopped that. I texted her sometimes and called her on the phone even tho she could barely hear me.

    She, Glenna and I went on a trip to Nashville one time. Had so much fun. Wish we could do it again.

    We will all miss her. She was doing so well there at Lex Court as she had people to talk to and things to do. Rest in Peace , Fran.

  • Jill and family, I can’t tell you how much Fran is already missed. She was so much a part of our every day. I miss her joking, and her friendship❤️❤️

    • Thank you to you and the dedicated staff for caring and loving her. I still can’t believe she is gone.

  • So very sorry to learn of your Mother’s passing Jill. She was a wonderful woman. Your family will be in my prayers. 🙏🏼