Betty Jean Mears

Betty Jean Mears, 95, of Clarks Summit, died Sunday morning at her home. She was the wife of William Mears, who died in 1988.

Born in Chinchilla, daughter of the late Ralph and Edna Bellersheim, she was a graduate of Newton Ransom High School and worked for several years at the International Correspondence School in Scranton. She also worked for the Scranton Girl Scout Council and as a secretary for Dr. Henry Yeager. She was an active member in the Countryside Community Church in Newton where she served as a lay person.

Betty was an amazing mother, grandmother and great-grandmother as well as friend. She and her husband Bill opened their home to several foster children from the Friendship House over many years. Betty looked forward to her weekly four generation luncheons for 15 years with her family. We look forward to having lunch with her again.

Surviving are three daughters, Joan Sobolak, Dalton; Loraine Mears Walsh, Scranton; and Ellen Mears, Deerfield Beach, Fla.; grandchildren, Shannon Carden and husband, Shawn, Archbald; Stacy Swarts, Dalton; and Hank Sobolak, Dalton; great-grandchildren, Conner, Baily and Liam Carden, Mason, Lily and Olivia Sobolak; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by brothers, Ralph and Robert Smith; and a sister, Dorothy Saxe.

A funeral Service will be held at a later date from the Countryside Community Church. Interment will be private in Newton Cemetery.


  1. Susan Link

    To Hank, I am sorry to read that your grandmother passed away & extend my sympathy to you and your family.
    Your grandmother sounds like a remarkable women that had the joy of her loving family & a busy community life. A full life.
    She really was part of The Greatest Generation. In your grief when you are thinking of her you must all be feeling very proud of all she accomplished.
    Hugs to you Hank,

  2. Allen and Sharon Wademan

    We would like to express our sympathy on the passing of your mother and grandmother, Betty Mears.
    You are all in our thoughts often.

  3. Ed Chomko Sr

    Condolences to you Hank and your family on the loss of your grandmother. Sending love and prayers to you Brother

  4. Michele Kluck

    Joan, and Family, I am sorry to hear about your mom, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, etc. You’re in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. James Buchanan

    I would like to express our sympathies and prayers to the family and loved ones of Betty. She is a wonderful person, and I am grateful for the times I was able to interact with her.

  6. Linda Weaver

    Shannon, So sorry about your loss of your Mom.

  7. Ilene White

    I was saddened to hear about Betty’s passing. I have such fond memories of meeting her when I married Tom and we were able to share both the happy and sad times together. Stories of her and Bill’s closeness to Tom and his family were always told with love. She lived life to the fullest.

  8. Patti White

    To Betty’s family,

    We were very saddened to know of Betty’s passing. We are holding you all close in our hearts. The many kindnesses shown to the Tom White family by Betty and her family will never be forgotten. Her light has shined on many.

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