Virginia M. Bear

July 21, 1917 - Aug. 27, 2006

SUMMITVILLE — Virginia M. Bear, 89, Summitville, died Aug. 27, 2006, at ManorCare Health Services in Anderson after a brief illness.

She was born July 21, 1917, in Marion, the daughter of Karl and Blanche (Munson) Bartley, and lived in the Summitville area most of her life. She had been a member of the Summitville First Baptist Church for more than 60 years.

She was a homemaker and had been active in the family farm operation with her late husband. She had been an active volunteer at Marion General Hospital for several years and was a former volunteer for the American Heart Association. Her family was a very important part of her life giving her great pleasure and joy. She loved to cook, read books, do cross-stitching and latch-hooking.

Survivors include two daughters, Alice (Charles) Coats of Summitville and Lynn (James) Crowe of Anderson; four grandchildren, Mark Coats of Summitville, Cheryl Coats and Kevin Coats of Alexandria, and Caryl Thornbro of Valparaiso ; four great-grandchildren, Lillian “Lilli” Coats, Quenten Matthew Coats, Charles Scott Coats and Alisynn Rose Coats. ;nieces, Janet Moore and Joyce Parks; nephew, Jim Bailey; and a sister-in-law, Vivian M. Bailey of Summitville.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John C. Bear, in 2002; and a daughter, Lillian J. Knowlton in 1987.

Services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Summitville First Baptist Church, 700 E. Mill St., Summitville, with the Revs. Mark Joyner and Mike Adams officiating. Burial will be in Vinson Memorial Park Cemetery in Summitville.

Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Owens-Noffze Funeral Home, 1009 W. Walnut St., Summitville.

Memorial contributions may be made to Summitville First Baptist Church through the funeral home.

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