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Mary Emma SHEARS

Female 1911 - 1961  (49 years)


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  • Name Mary Emma SHEARS 
    Born 19 March 1911  Gun Plain Twp.,Allegan Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Died 16 February 1961  Charlotte,Eaton Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Cause: Car Accident 
    Buried 20 February 1961  Maple Hill Cemetery,Charlotte,Eaton Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Notes 
    • Marcia wrote to Donna - When your mother married Dave (1945 I think) did you move to his house or did he move to yours? Or did they get a different house completely.
      Donna Replied - I have to think about this one. First I'm not sure when they got married the first time. We lived in Lansing with Mom and Dave, my step-dad, over by Pottor's Park. and than I remember moving over to Vermontville, to a trailer and lived there until we moved to Kelly Hwy. in Vermontville. and lived there until I got married in June 1957 My brother went to school in Lansing, I remember one day when my mom took Ronnie to school I hid behind the class room door because I wanted to stay in school too. but I never went to Lansing schools. hope that helps.

      Mary and Dave Axtell died in a car accident 16 Feb 1961 on the day of Sherrill Strimback's funeral. Dave was too sick to go to the funeral and went to the Dr. in Charlotte, MI. Mary went to Sherrill's funeral and was picking up Dave from a niece's home (Bell Garvey) in Charlotte, MI. They had a right front tire blow out and they hit a big rock (not a tree as articles indicated - Donna saw the rock.) on the right side of the road. Mary broke her neck and died at the site of the accident. Dave was pinned in the car. He was taken to the hospital and after three hours of surgery, where they worked on his crushed leg, he died on the operating table. Dave's family inherited everything and Donna and Ronald received nothing because Mary died first.

      The articles written when they died indicated Mary had 7 grandchildren, but Donna said she had three living and Ronnie did not have any yet.

      Donna remembers her mother and Dave saying one time they found out that after one of her mother's (Mary's) previous marriages (to Sweezy or Hyatt) the divorce papers were not signed and they (Mary and Dave) had to get remarried, maybe at the Charlotte Court House. Donna was young and is not really sure. (Note: One of the articles said they were married in Lansing in 1945. This may have been the first time.)

      BIRTH: The index shows her birth record is in Volume 7, Page 335.


      DEATH: Services were held Monday, 20 Feb 1961 at 2:00 p.m. at Burkhead Cheney Chapel, Charotte, Eaton Co., MI.
    Person ID I39  Marcia Shears
    Last Modified 10 July 2007 

    Father Oscar Lafayette SHEARS,   b. 11 March 1864, Ashtabula Co.,OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 August 1951, Allegan,Allegan Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Mother Celia Edna FARBROTHER,   b. 29 March 1887, Gun Plain Twp.,Allegan Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 December 1965, Grand Rapids,Kent Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Married 24 April 1909  Plainwell,Allegan Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F4  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse 1 Francis Edmond BRABON,   b. 3 November 1913, Martin,Allegan Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 June 1965, Plainwell,Allegan Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years) 
    Children 
    +1. LIVING
    +2. LIVING
    Family ID F889  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse 2 Russell SWEEZY,   d. Yes 
    Family ID F908  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse 3 Fred Jay HYATT,   b. 23 December 1915, Eaton Rapids,Eaton Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 March 1983  (Age 67 years)  [3
    Married 16 November 1942  Lansing,Ingham Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Divorced 3 February 1945  [3
    Children 
    +1. LIVING  [Birth]
    +2. LIVING  [Birth]
    Family ID F909  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse 4 Wells Henry AXTELL,   b. 23 September 1885, Bellevue,Eaton Co,MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 February 1961, Charlotte,Eaton Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 1945  Lansing,Ingham Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F910  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S432] SHEARS Mary Emma Birth Announcement, (The Otsego Union, Otsego, Allegan Co., MI, Thursday, 23 Mar 1911).

    2. [S753] AXTELL Wells and Mary Funeral Paper.

    3. [S2292] HYATT Fred & SHEARS Mary Marriage and Divorce Information, (e-Mail received from Donna Strimback 25 Jan 2007).


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