Jean Elizabeth Spears died December 23, 2019 at Silver City Care Center, Silver City, NM at age 90. She will be missed by her friends and relatives.
Jean Spears was born in Ambler, PA on July 18, 1929 and was the youngest of the three children born of John V. Spears, Sr. and Anna Spears. She was the sole remaining living sibling. Sister Geraldine and brother John, Jr (known as Teddy) preceded her.
She married John (Jack) Frost in 1950 and lived in Lancaster, PA with their children Bobby, Stevie, and Cindy. Years after divorcing Jack, she married Larry Mc Grady and eventually moved to NM. After Larry’s death, she lived primarily in Tyrone.
For years, she had a therapy dog named Molly that she took to local assisted living centers. She was very gratified to see how the residents delighted in petting her dog.
Jean was also very artistic. She always dedicated one room in her home as a studio, painting rocks and doing other crafts.
For 13 years, she had been proud to volunteer as a “grandma” for Mrs. Denise Ruelaz’s first grade class at Harrison Schmitt Elementary. The children all loved “Grandma Jean” and she loved them. She made reading fun for the children. Jean would bring in her amazing rock paintings and because of her influence, many children took up rock painting as a hobby. Jean loved to make the children and staff laugh and would have a joke of the day handy giving her the nickname of Grandma Jokester. She joked that she couldn’t pass first grade and had to repeat it year after year. Jean said that her students old and new would greet her at Walmart with a big hug and cries of “Grandma! Grandma!” much to the puzzlement of their parents. One day in her 80s she fell and fractured her arm while playing kickball with the kids at recess and lost her recess privileges.
She had been a staunch lover and supporter of animals all her life, donating frequently to the Silver City High Desert Humane Society Our Paws’ Cause Thrift Shop. She was known to put cards on pickup truck windshields admonishing the drivers not to travel with their dogs in the flatbed, which could be dangerous.
Jean is survived by her nieces and nephew John Spears III in West Virginia, Margery Spears in Washington, and Julia Spears in New Jersey as well as great-niece Jessica Spears in New York and great-nephew Benjamin Spears in Florida.
Jean will be cremated under the direction of Bright Funeral Home, and inurned will be held at Rose Garden by funeral home. Please send memorial donations in Jean Spears’ honor to Silver City High Desert Humane Society (http://highdeserthumane.org/). Bright Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, “Traditional Services and Care for your family and friends”, 210 W. College Ave., Silver City, New Mexico 88061. Remembrances can be made at www.hbrightfuneral.net
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