Saturday, June 6, 2009

Charlotte Eleanor Bear, 1917-2005

  Charlotte Eleanor Bear, 87, of Centerville, died Thursday, May 5, 2005 at the Golden Age Care Center.
  Charlotte was born December 16, 1917, the only child or Frank and Anna Neal (Cathcart) Bear, who farmed near Plano, IA. She graduated from Centerville High School in 1935 and lived and worked in Centerville all of her life. Her love of plants and flowers, combined with her creative abilities, led to her life's work in several Centerville floral shops, including Watson Floral and Stagner Floral.
  Throughout her life, Charlotte enjoyed many interests, among them needlework, gardening, cooking, fishing, ceramics, reading, and staying in touch with her many friends and family. She had a deep appreciation for the natural world, especially birds and wildlife.
  Charlotte is survived by her cousins, Ella Hendershot, Newton; Jim Feaster, Dallas, TX; Linda Medland, Newton; Cheryl Cathcart, Corrales, NM; Kerry Cathcart, Jerome; Jean Rose, Stow, OH; Tom Bear, Centerville; Nevella Shepard and Deloris Bohm, Centerville; James Bear, Albuquerque, NM; and Donald Baker, New York, NY. She was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, and many aunts and uncles.
  At Charlotte's request, graveside services are being planned by the Thomas Lange Funeral Home. Interment will be held at 2 PM, Saturday, May 7, 2005 at the Jerome Cemetery.
  A memorial has been established to the Appanoose County Conservation Board, or to the Jerome Cemetery Association and may be left at or mailed to the Thomas Lange Funeral Home, 1900 S. 18th St., Centerville, Iowa 52544.

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