Born Feb. 7, 1920, in Boston, Mass., she was the daughter of the late Maurice and Rita Jackson Ashe. Married Sept. 19, 1942, to Ellsworth H. Sears in Dorchester, Mass., she lived in Hopedale, Mass., until November 1960, when she and her family moved to Spartanburg. In 1983 she retired from WSPA TV Radio after 15 years of service as an executive secretary to the general manager. She was a longtime member of Routh Memorial Presbyterian Church and later at First Presbyterian Church. She sang in church choirs all her life and the Spartanburg Symphony Chorus for 20 years. She was predeceased by her husband in 1994 after 52 years of marriage. In January 1998 she
moved to Tryon Estates in Columbus.
She is survived by her daughters, Marion S. Little of Wilmington, N.C., and Barbara S. Rivers&bsp; of Spartanburg; her sister-in-law, Marjorie C. Sears of Carver, Mass.; a niece, Carolyn Marcotte of Milford, Mass.; and a nephew, David Sears of Plymouth, Mass. She was predeceased by her brother-in-law, Forrest Sears of Carver, Mass.
A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 5, 2008, at Tryon Estates in Columbus, conducted by the Rev. Ralph D. Kuether.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Foothills Humane Society, 989 Little Mountain Road, Columbus, N.C. 28722.
An online guest register is available at www.floydmortuary.com.
Floyd&squo;s North Church Street Chapel of Spartanburg is in charge of arrangements.