Kathryn Celeste Sears, 96 years old, a native of Memphis, Tennessee, and resident of the Brennity of Daphne, Alabama, died Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at her home of natural causes. She was born on January 16, 1925 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
Kathryn is preceded in death by her parents, Forest and Coralie Smith; brothers, Sydney Wayne Smith and Forest Smith; sisters, Frances Tulino and Freddie Smith.
She is survived by Patricia Sears (Steve); Andrea Winter (Michael); Marilyn Swyers (Peter), Raymond Sears Jr. (Karla) and Timothy Sears (Kimberley).
Grandchildren, Michael Claudio; Lauren Claudio; Justin Mason; Courtney Miernicki; Caitlin McCarthy; Zachary Winter; Timothy Winter; Sarah Swyers-Parker; Melissa Swyers- Pischl; Matthew Sears; Andrew Sears; Liam Sears; Riley Sears; Mallory Sears and Rhys Sears
Great Grandchildren, Christopher Miernicki; Michael Miernicki; Augustine Miernicki; Caroline McCarthy; Margaret McCarthy; Eleanor Parker; Owen Parker; Lucas Pischl; Calvin Pischl and Kyla Mason
Kathryn was married to Raymond Andrew Sears Sr. (deceased in 2014)
Kathryn was a homemaker and volunteered her time in many school activities, most notably the St. Patrick’s Grammar School Library in Bay Shore, New York. In addition, she worked at the New Orleans Marriott for over 10 years in the personnel department. Kathryn loved to keep busy. When she was not working, she volunteered her time at the Padua House in Belle Chasse, LA helping adults and children with disabilities. She also volunteered her time at St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield, MO for over 20 years as an ambassador.
Kathryn was a music enthusiast who loved to dance. Always looking for a bargain, she was known for her collection of shoes.
Service will be held at Christ the King Church in Daphne on Monday, April 5, at 11am. Kathryn’s final resting place will be the “old” Hollywood Cemetery in McComb, MS where she will be laid to rest beside her mother, sister, and brother.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Padua House in Belle Chasse, LA through Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans (1000 Howard Avenue, Suite 200, New Orleans, LA 70113) website and you can designate the donation at the bottom to be given to the Padua House/in memory of Kathryn Sears. Or you can donate to the Auxiliary of St. Luke’s Hospital (232 South Woods Mill Road, Chesterfield, MO 63017)
Classy, fun-loving, and affectionate are three words that encapsulate Kathryn. She will be dearly missed.