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Updated: 10/20/2013 02:10:18PM

Mary E. Gearing

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Mary E. Gearing, 79, of Port Charlotte, Fla., formerly of Bloomington, Ill., passed away Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, at Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte.

She was born April 11, 1934, in McClure, Ill., and was one of seven children to Archie and Helen Jackson Beasley.

Mary married Derald E. Gearing Sept. 3, 1953, in Mississippi. She loved to attend church, bake, cook, play dominoes, and spend time with her family. In her senior years, she took up oil painting and loved to spend time painting with her friends and grandchildren. Mary had a smile and laugh that warmed everyone’s heart. Her genuine love for her family and life was present all the way to the end. Mary was a devoted and loving mother for her four children, nurturing them and ensuring that they were brought up with the love of family and Jesus Christ. As her children grew into young adults and started families of their own, Mary could be found on the sidelines of any soccer game cheering on her grandchildren. She was a sidelines supporter of all of their academic and athletic accomplishments.

She is survived by her husband, Derald, of Port Charlotte; two daughters, Pamela (Bob) Krimmer of Bloomington, and Deborah Tietz of McHenry, Ill.; two sons, Jeffrey (Wendi) Gearing of Libertyville, Ill., and Scott (Julie) Gearing of Sterling, Ill.; nine grandchildren, Stephanie and Nicholas Krimmer, Nicole and Nathan Tietz, Austin, Abi, Carter, Lauren, and Cooper Gearing; one great-granddaughter, Madison Nerby; and two brothers, Archie Beasley Jr. of Del Rio, Texas, and Raymond Beasley of McClure. Mary was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters; and one brother.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, at Carmody-Flynn Williamsburg Funeral Home, Bloomington. The Rev. Kermit Barker will officiate. Interment will be at East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington. Visitation will be at 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Monday Oct. 21, 2013, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research Foundation. To express condolences online, please visit

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