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Woodward County Obituary
Elmwood Cemetery

© Enid Morning News
July 6, 2006
Reprinted with permission
Submitted by: Jo Aguirre


12 May 1914 - 4 Jul 2006

The funeral for Bertha May Sears, 92, of Woodward, will be 2 p.m. Friday at Woodward Church of the Nazarene. The Rev. Steve Cecil will officiate. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Woodward. Arrangements are by Johnsonís Good Samaritan Funeral Service, Woodward.

She was born May 12, 1914, in Avard to Abraham and Olga Miller Wiebe and died Tuesday, July 4, 2006.

She grew up in Avard, attending school at Prairie Mound. She began working for various families, caring for their children, and in a sewing factory in Alva.

She married Bert Sears Dec. 24, 1934, in Fairview. They made their home on a farm north of Alva. They later moved to Alva and operated a creamery, service station and a used furniture and clothing store. They sold the businesses and bought a dairy farm in Missouri. They returned to Oklahoma and operated a truck farm near Pawhuska. They farmed for several years before moving to California and later to Arizona. In 1948, they moved to Fargo where they lived until 1957 when they moved to Woodward.

While living in Fargo, she worked at Western State Hospital as an assistant psychiatric aide for 22 years before retiring in 1979. She was a member of Church of the Nazarene.

Surviving are three daughters, Norma Lord of Quinlan, Margaret Ragan of Rosston and Linda Morris of El Reno; two sons, Leonard Sears of Moore and Jim Sears of Yale; one sister, Olga Froese of Inola; 22 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, Bert, she was preceded in death by five children, five brothers, six sisters and four grandchildren.

Condolences may be made online at www.johnsonsgoodsamaritanwoodward.com.

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