Evelyn S. Sear, 97, formerly of Dewart, died Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, at RiverWoods, Lewisburg, where she had resided for the past four years.
Born Aug. 8, 1915, in Milton, she was the third of nine children born to the union of the late Lewis D. and Mary Ellen (Reeser) Thomas. She spent her early childhood in White Deer Valley and the village of Dewart. On Oct. 10, 1936, she married Dallas Sear. Together they relocated to Williamsport. In 1954, they moved back to Dewart where they bought the home they lived in until Dallas's death on May 30, 1992.
During those years in Dewart, she was a clerk at the former Sterner's General Store and was well known throughout the surrounding area.
Evelyn was a long standing member of St. John's United Methodist Church, Dewart, where she served on various church committees and was a member of the Homeworker's Class. She and Dallas rarely missed a Sunday and one of her biggest joys was to trim the church's Christmas tree each December.
During her later years, Evelyn enjoyed reminiscing the days of her youth on the family farm in White Deer Valley. She also loved reading.
Surviving are one daughter, Donna Lee Hackenburg and her husband, Larry of Unityville; one son, John T. Sear and his wife, Barbara of Montgomery; two brothers, William L. Thomas of Montgomery and Marlin Thomas and his wife, Carol of King George, Va.; two grandsons, Michael Sear and his wife, Pam of Monaca and Timothy Hackenburg and his wife, Cheryl of Muncy; five great-grandchildren, Amanda Stallan and her husband, Joseph, Joshua Hackenburg, Holly Hackenburg, Cody and Abby Sear; three great-great-grandchildren, Zachery and Zoe Stallan and Jayden Hackenburg; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Mary Thelma Brouse, Marion E. Enterline and Helen M. Thomas; and three brothers, John R. Thomas, James F. Thomas and Richard D. Thomas.
Friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at St. John's United Methodist Church, Dewart, where the funeral will be held at 1 p.m.
Burial will follow in Green Lawn Memorial Park, Montgomery.
The family will provide the flowers and suggests memorial contributions be made to either St. John's United Methodist Church, Dewart, PA 17730 or to RiverWoods, 3201 River Road, Lewisburg, PA 17837.
Expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.cronrathgrenoblefuneralhome.com.