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Obituary for Jean Sears (McClarnon)

Jean  Sears (McClarnon)
Norma Jean Sears, age 90, of Ellisville, Missouri, and long-time resident of Kirkwood, died Tuesday, November 20, at St. Luke’s Hospital-St. Louis, surrounded by her family.
Jean was born on September 10, 1929 in Lock Springs, Missouri, to Jewell and LouEtta McClarnon in the house her grandfather built. Jean was the middle of three children; an older brother, Marshall “Mac” (Ann) McClarnon, and younger sister, Mary (Bud) O’Leary. Jean’s parents were both teachers in rural farm towns and instilled in their children a strong sense of God and community.
After high school, Jean went on to attend college in Columbia, Missouri until she met John Henry Sears at Rolla School of Mines. John was a veteran of World War II and a member of Kappa Alpha at the time they met and fell in love. A few years after they married, the young couple settled in Kirkwood and went about the business of raising seven children: Marsha Gail (Jerry) Davis, Thomas Henry “Tom” Sears, Mary Christine “Chris” (Joe) Williams, Karen Elaine Rocco, Cynthia Diane “Cindy” Hollenbach, John Robert “Bob” (Sheron) Sears, and Jill Michele (Tom) O’Connell.
Jean immersed herself in childrearing and community efforts, serving as a Den Mother and Scout Leader for several Boy and Girl Scout troupes, actively participating in the PTA and volunteering for endless Room Mother and other related responsibilities at Robinson School and Nipher Middle School. Some of Jean’s proudest accomplishments were several large sewing projects she took on, sewing costumes for Kirkwood Theatre Guild plays, a Bicentennial celebration, multiple dance recitals and various other special events. She was also very proud of the work she did as President of Parents Involved, an organization she founded to fight for what she believed to be the life and health of her children, her community and her country. Perhaps her most meaningful work of all was providing comfort and stability to relatives, neighbors and strangers during some of the most challenging times in their lives. Woven among these many serious endeavors were Jean’s easy laugh and playful sense of humor, which (to great comic effect) often stood in stark contrast to her refined, elegant air.
All seven of the Sears children attended Kirkwood High School, spanning the years between 1954 and 1983. Although John and Jean moved to Manchester after John’s retirement in the 80s, it’s no wonder they would continue to consider Kirkwood their true hometown, even to this day. In fact, the Kirkwood City Council officially marked September 8, 2018, to be “Jean Sears Day” in Kirkwood in honor of Jean’s 90th birthday. Missouri’s 96th General Assembly also officially recognized this milestone event and special person.
Ultimately Jean was able to celebrate 66 years of marriage to John, who passed away with her by his side in December of 2014; and she was able to enjoy the love and support of all seven of her children, 22 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren, and to joyfully celebrate the news of two more great-grandbabies that are on the way.
Among other things, Jean will be remembered for her heart, humor, wisdom, generosity, and devotion to family and friends. Her legacy lives on through each of them, and she will be missed.

Visitation Friday November 23rd , 3pm until time of Funeral Service beginning at 5pm at Bopp Chapel. Interment private.
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