Katherine S. Bears

July 6, 2012

CARTHAGE, N.Y.  —  Katherine S. “Kate” Bears, 94, passed at home in Pittsfield, Mass., on May 3, 2012. 

Born March 11, 1918, in DeKalb, N.Y., the daughter of Eva May Grimshaw and Hollis Taylor, she was a homemaker for many years. 

After the death of her husband, Malcolm “Mickey” Taylor Bears Jr. in 1971, she became a home health aide for towns in Jefferson County. 

Kate was very active in Carthage, where she was a member of the First Baptist Church and served as a member of the Board of Education for the Carthage Central School system for several years. 

Surviving are two sons, Malcolm “Ted”Taylor Bears III, Stephentown, N.Y., and Hollis Robert Bears, Las Vegas, Nev.; a sister, Orlinda Derby, Lynn, Carthage; her grandchildren, Malcolm “Mac” Taylor Bears IV and his wife, Christine, Stephentown, and Nan Rose Bears Cardand her husband Kenneth, Pittsfield; and her great-grandchildren, Taylor Rose Bears and Cole William Gerstel.

Her husband, Malcolm who was a Bronze Star recipient and veteran of World War II, her parents, Hollis and Eva Taylor, a brother. Philo Taylor, and her sisters, Mary Peebles, Leona Woodward and Arlene Dubois, all died before her.

A graveside committal service will be held noon Wednesday, July 11, in Black River Cemetery, Black River.

Local arrangements are being handled by the Lundy Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Inc., Carthage.


Information provided by Bossuot-Lundy Funeral Home, Inc., and Newzjunky.com, Watertown, N.Y.