Her body will be cremated, and at "Gram's" request,
there will be no services. Arrangements are by
Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln.
Mrs. Mears and her husband farmed in Illinois and
also for a couple of years at Madison, Mo. She also
worked at a garment factory in Clinton, the defense
plant in Illiopolis, at Lucas and Farmer grocery
store, and for the state of Illinois, first in the
pharmacy at the state school in Lincoln and then in
the sewing room at the "farm" at Springfield.
She was born May 17, 1908, at Cresco, Iowa, to
Albert and Amy Ella Craft Hunter. She married Homer
Mears on Nov. 24, 1921, in Cresco. He died in 1981.
She is survived by one son, Eugene (and Jeanne)
Mears of Decatur; two grandchildren, Lynda (and
Mark) Keever of Elmhurst and Michael (and Melissa)
Mears of Mount Zion; five great-grandchildren,
Heather and Erin of Chicago, and Josh, Amanda and
Morgan of Decatur; and three
great-great-grandchildren, Mason, Josh and Jaydon of
She was also preceded in death by two sisters,
Manchile and Elsie, and one brother, Basil, all of
Iowa. She was the last of her immediate family.
When she retired, she was invited to play pinochle,
which became her real joy. Her granddaughter
remembers making mini apple pies with Gram, and
dressing up in old clothes and jewelry. Her grandson
The family thanks the staff at St. Clara's Manor
for the loving care and concern Gladys received
during her stay there: "We couldn't have asked for
Memorials may be made to The Oasis senior center,
where Gladys, or "Dolly," as she was known to many,
spent many enjoyable times playing pinochle.
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