Laura Jean DeDear
December 31, 1927 – June 25, 2018
Laura Jean DeDear (Pearson) passed away on June 25, 2018 due to complications following pneumonia.
Mrs. DeDear was born on December 31, 1927 in her Grandfather Luke Robertson’s home in Round Rock, Texas to her parents Ernest Gerald “Monk” Pearson and Adeline (Robertson) Pearson. Mrs. DeDear grew up helping her father in his restaurant business and started keeping the books for him when she was a teenager. In school, she enjoyed competing in speech, debate and music. After graduating from Round Rock High School in 1945, Mrs. DeDear was awarded a Life Scholarship to attend Nixon-Clay Commercial College, majoring in Executive Secretarial courses. She then worked three years as secretary for the Soil Conservation Department in Round Rock.
On March 3, 1949, Laura Jean married her childhood friend James Neil DeDear in the Round Rock Methodist Church where they grew up worshiping together. She taught Sunday School and sang in the choir, continuing these activities throughout her life. Mrs. DeDear realized her childhood dream of travel as her husband joined the Air Force and they lived 27 years on military bases in the Philippines, England, Wyoming, Texas, Mississippi, New Jersey and Florida. On base, she taught swimming and First Aid and she volunteered with the Red Cross for 20 years as a Disaster Coordinator. Mrs. DeDear was a proud homemaker who dearly loved her husband and family, hosting family holidays and celebrations throughout her 90 years.
Laura Jean DeDear is survived by her husband, James Neil DeDear of Georgetown, Texas; her daughter, Cynthia Johnson of Atlanta, Georgia; her daughter and son-in-law, Debra and Henry Ray of Georgetown, Texas; and her daughter and son-in-law, Pattye and Mark Hagens of Shiner, Texas; and six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents.
Mrs. DeDear’s service in celebration of her life will be at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Georgetown, Texas where she has been a member with her husband since 1975.
Arrangements by Cook-Walden Davis Funeral Home, 2900 Williams Drive, Georgetown, Texas 78628 (512)863-2564.
- Visitation Thursday, June 28, 2018
- Funeral Service Friday, June 29, 2018
Laura Jean DeDear
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July 11, 2018
Laura Jean was the epitome of joy and love. As a child Anita (Robertson) Stark was a mother figure in her life and the love between them was so special. Unfortunately after Nana passed and years went by these families did not see one another often. Our prayers and blessings for a life well lived.
Randy and Donna Stark
July 2, 2018
Laura Jean and Neil were good neighbors and friends on Ridgecrest, and friends at St. John's UMC. We shared delivering Meals on Wheels to Sun City for many years. One time Laura Jean and I delivered the meals in the rain in my husband's truck. We were soaked, but we laughed and visited as we went. Laura Jean bought my hexagonal table in my moving sale and it meant a lot to me and to her.
I always stopped to visit when I came back to Georgetown to visit after moving to Bangor, ME. I will miss seeing her when I come in Sept.
Blessings to her family.
Karen (Dedear) Havins
June 27, 2018
I will always remember the fun times we spent together for family gatherings. I will remember her beautiful smile and laugh. My deepest condolences to all of you. Keeping you all in my prayers.
Claudia Melton (Dedear)
June 27, 2018
Have so many fond memories of visiting Aunt Laura Jean and Uncle Neil in the summers...and of them coming to Texas to visit with my family. She was a feisty, and loving Aunt! Seemed to always be smiling, full of energy, and always ready to have a house full of kids. She will be dearly missed❤️