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Mary Sears

Mary Louise Sears (Blankenship)

Tuesday, August 16th, 1932 - Wednesday, January 16th, 2019
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Mary Louise Blankenship Sears departed this life on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at Sentara Nursing Windermere at the age of 86 years old. She was born August 16, 1932 in Norfolk, Virginia.
Mary attended Norfolk County Schools, William Penn High School in High Point and she went to college at North Carolina Central.
Mary worked for Norfolk Redevelopment housing authority in Diggs Park and Oak Park for ten years. She went on to work for the YMCA and retired after 30 years.
Mary Pioneered the Portsmouth Chapter of the Eastern Star Organization. She was the Past Matron of the Gardenia Chapter #36.
Mary was predeceased by her parents Tully William Blankenship and Emma Tolton Blankenship; two brothers, Linwood Victor Blankenship and Samuel Alexander Blankenship; one sister, Velma Daily and her husband, Lawrence E. Sears, Sr.
Left to cherish her memory are two sons, Lawrence E. Sears, Jr. and Reginald Curtis Sears; one sister, Lois B. Wiggins; six grandchildren, Lawrence Deloatch, Dominique Vaughan, Deangelo Johnson, Regina Knight, Lacy Carter and Marcus Sears; four great grandchildren, Isaiah Coley, Elisha Coley, MaLiah Knight, and Leah Carter; one special great nephew, Reginal Wiggins, Jr. (Peter) as well as a host of nieces, nephews and extended family.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, January 25th, 2019 | 1:00pm - 6:00pm
    Friday, January 25th, 2019 1:00pm - 6:00pm
    Graves Funeral Home
    1631 Church St.
    Norfolk, VA 23504
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  • Service

    Saturday, January 26th, 2019 | 12:00pm
    Saturday, January 26th, 2019 12:00pm
    Graves Funeral Home Chapel
    1631 Church St
    Norfolk, VA 23504
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  • Interment

    Carver Memorial Cemetery
    2320 East Washington Street
    Suffolk, Virginia 23434
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Posted at 11:39am
Please accept my condolences for your loss. Losing a dear loved one is not something you ever get used to; death is truly our worse enemy. Happily the Almighty God of comfort promises at Isaiah 25:8 that he's going to swallow up death forever and John 5:28,29 says that we will get to see our loved ones again in the resurrection of life. I hope these words bring a measure of comfort to you during this difficult time.

Barbara Edwards

Posted at 06:59am
Lois, you have truly been a dedicated sister. Mary fought a good fight, and you were there each step of the way. God Bless and keep you during your period of mourning. Barbara Edwards

Posted at 07:38pm
Duke, we know how close and special your mother was to you. God's got her wrapped in salvation now. Our condolences go out to you and your family.
Jerry and Jessica Hairston

Jerry Hunter

Posted at 07:37pm
Mama Sears, I will never forget you. Rest in peace.
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Posted at 06:36pm
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