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Bennington, VT 05201
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Shirley Mears

Shirley A. Mears (McCoy)

Saturday, July 23rd, 1938 - Thursday, August 1st, 2019
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Shirley A. Mears, 81, wife of Clyde C. Mears Sr., a resident of Middle Pownal Road, Pownal, died peacefully on Thursday, August 1, 2019 surrounded by her family.

Born in Bennington on July 23, 1938, she was the daughter of the late Joseph C. and Rachel (Amadon) McCoy. Shirley received her education in the Bennington schools.

Clyde and Shirley were married in Bennington on February 20, 1956.

Shirley was employed for many years prior to her retirement at the Union Carbide, later Eveready plant, in Bennington.

Shirley was a member of the Moose and VFW clubs. She enjoyed going to the Saratoga casino, playing cornhole, wii bowling, bingo and pitch. She enjoyed spending time with her family and her many shopping trips with her daughter and best friend, Darlene.

Survivors besides her husband, Clyde Mears Sr. of Pownal, include a daughter and son-in-law, Darlene and Steve Gallant of Pownal; a son and daughter-in-law, Clyde Jr. and Sharon Mears of Bennington; a step-son, Steven (Robin) Mears and their family of Montpelier; five grandchildren, Melissa Lavery and her husband Jason, Travis Mears and his partner Travis Stock, Cody Mears and his fiancé, Pauline Stevens, Jason Gallant and his wife Sophia and Stephanie Kimball and her husband Jimmy and great-grandchildren Jacob, Logan, Shania, Hunter, Sarah and Samantha; a brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Beverly McCoy of Bennington; a sister and brother-in-law, Joy and Rodney Love of Fernley, NV; two sisters-in-law, Erma McCoy of Las Vegas, NV and Lyla McCoy of Barefoot Bay, FL and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Shirley was predeceased by five brothers, Joseph Jr., Jimmy, Donald, Bobby and Frank McCoy and two sisters, Rachel McCoy and Barbara Lescarbeau.

Memorial services celebrating the life of Shirley Mears will be held from the Mahar & Son Funeral Home on Friday, August 23, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.

Friends may call at the funeral home Friday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service.

Private committal services will be held at the family lot in White Chapel Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire memorial contributions in Shirley’s memory may be made to the VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201.

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  • Visitation

    Friday, August 23rd, 2019 | 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Friday, August 23rd, 2019 11:00am - 1:00pm
    E. P. Mahar and Son Funeral Home
    628 Main Street
    Bennington, Vermont 05201
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  • Memorial Service

    Friday, August 23rd, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Friday, August 23rd, 2019 1:00pm
    E. P. Mahar and Son Funeral Home
    628 Main Street
    Bennington, Vermont 05201
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Reverend Doctor Robin Greene
  • Interment

    Friday, August 23rd, 2019 |
    Friday, August 23rd, 2019
    White Chapel Cemetery
    Chapel Road
    Bennington, Vermont 05201
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shelly mccoy

Posted at 05:39pm
What a spit fire of a woman. It was a pleasure to get to know James aunt. Rest in peace and fly with angels.

Mary Hier

Posted at 09:54am
Rest in peace sweet lady. I had the privilege of working with Shirley over the years at Union Carbon/Energizer, she was a delight to work with, meticulous at her work but always found time to bring smiles and laughter to all who worked with her. Thoughts of Shirley and the shenanigans over the years still make me laugh. I will always see her beautiful eyes and that smile that lite up the room. I'm very sorry you have lost her, hopefully, the memories you have of this gem will carry you through.

Denise Shepard

Posted at 09:03pm
My condolences to the family. Shirley will be missed!

Nancy Aldrich

Posted at 06:17am
To the family of Shirley Mears, I'm so sorry for your loss. What a beautiful lady she was and a friend. Prayers for the family. She will be sadly missed. May she RIP. Mr. and Mrs. Larry and Nancy Aldrich.

Debra Rousseau

Posted at 09:43pm
Darlene and I are best friends, we always played together in younger years , our whole neighborhood would play baseball , kick ball when we were kids and hidin seek we all had a great time Shirley will be deeply missed Prays to your family Darlene sorry for your loss love ya Debbie Rousseau

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