Evelyn B. (Downing) McLear, 76, of New Madison, passed away peacefully on the afternoon of October 24, 2015 at State of the Heart Hospice at Wayne Health Care. Evelyn was born on December 22, 1938 in Hollansburg, Ohio to the late Bland and Lova (Payne) Downing.
Evelyn taught 4th grade students for 12 years at Tri Village School. She.loved music and played the piano, clarinet, saxophone and organ. She also enjoyed gardening, sewing, reading, and most of all spending time with her family.
In addition to her parents, Evelyn is preceded in death by her husband, Barry McLear who passed away on June 23, 2009, and an infant son, Vaughn Scott McLear.
Evelyn is survived by two sons, Benjamin Wesley McLear and Jill Dempsey and Caton Bradley and Teresa Mclear both of New Madison; a daughter, Elizabeth Juliann "Julie" McClear and Steve White of New Madison; a sister, Marilyn L. and Doug Jenkins of Hollansburg; grandchildren, Dagen Chelsie Wayne and William Joseph Wayne White, Wesley Gale and Breanna Jaylyn McLear; step grandchildren, Layton and Cheyenne White and Rick, Olivia, Wyatt and Tyler Dempsey; and 9 great grandchildren.
A celebration of Evelyn's life will be held on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 10:30 AM at Braund Pope Funeral Home with Rev. Joe Hanna and Rev. Eric Fee officiating. Friends and family may visit from 5-7 PM on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at Braund Pope Funeral Home in New Madison. Burial will follow in Hollansburg Cemetery.
Services entrusted to Braund Pope Funeral Home, New Madison. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.braundpope.com.