Clara D. Sullivan Lear, 98, of Rushsylvania, passed away Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at the Kenton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
She was born in Bellefontaine on Aug. 6, 1915, to the late George Scoffield and Nellie Maude Ellsworth Sullivan.
On April 29, 1939, she married George Frederick Lear at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Wapakoneta and he preceded her in death Feb. 28, 1983.
She also was preceded in death by her son, H. Richard (Dick) Lear; granddaughter, Debra Bray; great-granddaughter, Christine Steggeman; great-great-granddaughter, Haylee Hampton; and four sisters, Hazel Hunt, Ethel Breaston, Helen Tracy and Opal Knief.
Clara is survived by her children, George E. (Sylvia) Lear, Carolyn A. (Paul) Taylor and Judy K. (David) Huffman; grandchildren, Lisa (William) Wilson, Kathy Bray Linebaugh, Michele Lear Steggeman, Pam (Dean) Schneider, Judy (Joe) Rea, Sandy Taylor, Richard (Colleen) Lear, John (Jessica) Bray and Tom (Niki) Bray; 19 great-grandchildren; and 29 great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and one very special and loving niece, Shirley (Peg) Tracy Arledge, who spent a lot of time living with Clara and her family as did her granddaughter, Kathy Linebaugh, who has been her devoted caretaker the past few years. Raising other people’s children was second nature to her.
During her lifetime she loved gardening and always had many flowers. She always had a big garden so she could share her vegetables with her family.
When she and her husband first started dating, they were always roller skating and continued to do so even after they started their family with all four children in tow to the skating rink. Skating was a big deal for them as they often would take other children along with their own family to the rink.
In later years after George’s death, Clara found a new love of mowing the lawn. As time went on, the neighbors could see this little 94-year-old woman taking on the task of mowing with a mower bigger than she was and often walking behind the hand mower with her big floppy hat on her head. The only thing that stopped her from continuing was a broken back. She loved the outdoors.
Clara’s greatest love was her family. Clara often helped raise several of the grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and even the great-great-grandchildren. Her biggest goal in life was to take care of children and being a homemaker. She always said she couldn’t cook, but she had several dishes she prepared that everyone wanted her to fix for them as only she could do. She will be missed by her family.
Until later years when she was unable to drive, Clara would go to mass at St. Mary of the Woods where she was a member for several years.
A memorial mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Patrick Catholic Church. Burial follows in Calvary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, c/o St. Patrick Catholic Church, 328 E. Patterson Ave., Bellefontaine, OH 43311.
Arrangements were handled by Eichholtz Funeral Home, Bellefontaine, where condolences may be expressed at www.edsfh.com.