Ivalee Mears - February 07, 2013
Ivalee Margaret (Spaulding) Mears was born on Sept. 21, 1935 to Glenn Spaulding and Margaret Coen in Walden, Colo. She entered this world to find two brothers, Allen and Forest (Cork) to watch over her. Her younger brother, Leroy, followed shortly after and 12 years later she finally got a sister, Lavonn.
She was given the wonderful playground of the Rocky Mountains to grow up in, but then they moved to Phippsburg, Colo. to attend school and be near to the railroad where her father worked.
She finished her elementary years attending school in Phippsburg and came home to the ranch each summer. In her freshman year, she attended school in Walden, Colo. where she enjoyed playing hooky and joy riding in an airplane. She finished her high school years in Yampa, Colo. graduating as valedictorian of her class.
Seeking independence, she moved to Denver, Colo. where she trained and worked for the Public Service. It is there, she met Norman Mears and in less than six months, married him in Steamboat Springs, Colo. on Dec. 30, 1956. After a short honeymoon, they moved back to Cheyenne Co., Kansas and Ivalee became the wife of a farm and rancher. They had three children: Joyce, Glenn (Bud), and Janet.
Ivalee and Norman spent the rest of their lives on the farm raising their family, actively sharing in their community and faithfully engaging in their church.
Norman passed away on Dec. 27, 2004 and Ivalee has longingly awaited to join him. She met him again and took his hand on Jan. 22, 2013, eternally being together.
Ivalee was diagnosed with breast cancer in July of 2009. She courageously battled that disease until she heard her Savior say, “It’s time to come home!” She was grateful for all that her children did to care for her and to be with her until the end.
Ivalee was such a unique and special person to those who knew her. She was active in all areas of the farm and ranch being Norman’s true Helpmate. She was everything to her kids, daily keeping the family going. She taught Sunday school at the Federated Church of McDonald, Kan. while her children were in their younger years. She was very artistic, making many beautiful afghans, hand embroidery quilts and decorating for weddings for many family and local brides.
She was a great cook, feeding large numbers of hired hands. She became her grandkids’ best friend and personal cheerleader. She was a faithful friend to those dear to her heart and she loved her family unconditionally covering many a sin and willingly giving all she had to them.
She was an adamant reader of fiction enjoying her Kindle in her last year, but faithfully reading her Bible through once in a year. She attended the Wesleyan Church, a community Bible study and endless hours of praying for her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She enjoyed western music, western decor and collecting horses, spoons, lead crystal and china.
Ivalee was an incredible lady leaving behind an example worth following for her family and friends. She will be daily missed by those who loved her.
Her parents, all siblings and husband preceded her in death.
Those who remain to mourn her are her children: a daughter, Joyce and husband, Kenneth Cahoj of Fair Play, Mo., their son, Laramie and wife, Melissa Cahoj of Willard, Mo., children, Bailey, Laila and Lucia; a son, Bud and Meridee Mears from Strasburg, Colo., children, Tony, Dylan and Jim; a daughter, Janet and husband, Rocky Martin of Champion, Neb., children, Elizabeth and husband, Steve Estrada, and daughters, Meghan, Rylee and Morgan; Julia and husband, Darren Slade; Emma and husband, Jed Gassiot, and daughters, Sydney and Shawna; Faylena Martin and daughter, Danyelle; and Rebecca Martin; plus many nieces and nephews along with many wonderful friends.
The funeral service was held Jan. 25, 2013, at the Wesleyan Church in Bird City, Kan. with Pastor Dan Carson officiating.
Pallbearers were Dylan Whittum, James Werner, Dave Johnsen, Cort Antholz, Hal Antholz and Trent Martin.
Interment was at the Grace Cemetery, McDonald, Kan. beside her husband, Norman.