September 19, 1932 – January 8, 2020
LaVeda Louise Sears, 87, of Greeley, passed away January 8, 2020.
LaVeda was born in Fort Lupton, Colorado on September 19, 1932 to Lester and Elvertie (Hause) Smith. She married J. Lee Sears on August 29, 1954 in Fort Lupton, Colorado. LaVeda and her husband moved to Greeley in 1993. She graduated from Brighton High School in 1950, and from Colorado State College of Education in 1953, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Education.
LaVeda was a dedicated servant, who wore many hats. She worked as a substitute teacher, a Sunday school teacher, a homemaker, and selflessly volunteered in her community. She drove for the Meals-on-Wheels program, served on the library board in Fort Lupton, drove for Senior Resource Service, and was a member of The First Church of the Nazarene for approximately 27 years.
LaVeda was very fit and enjoyed water aerobics, reading, and traveling. She traveled in all 50 states and at least 30 countries.
LaVeda is survived by her children: Mark (Jayne) Sears, Jay (Debbie McLeod) Sears, and Kay (Mike) Collins; grandchildren: Jeffrey Collins, Alison Wright, Bethany Hinton, Jonathan Sears, Oliver Sears, and Meredith McLeod-Cobb, as well as 13 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband J. Lee Sears.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested any memorial contributions be made to First Church of the Nazarene - Greeley, or Highlands Presbyterian Camp and Retreat Center. You may send memorial contributions in care of Allnutt Funeral Service - Macy Chapel, 6521 W. 20th Street, Greeley, CO 80634.
Services will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, January 11, 2020 at First Church of the Nazarene, 2515 W. 16th Street, Greeley, CO 80634. Please visit www.allnuttgreeley.com to send condolences to the family.
- Oliver Sears, Pallbearer
- Meredith McLeod-Cobb, Pallbearer
- Jeffrey Collins, Pallbearer
- Allison Sears-Wright, Pallbearer
- Bethany Collins-Hinton, Pallbearer
- Jonathan J. Sears, Pallbearer
First Church of the Nazarene
2515 W 16th St., Greeley, CO
Highlands Presbyterian Camp and Retreat Center
PO Box 66, Allenspark, Colorado 80510
- Burial Saturday, January 11, 2020
- Memorial Service Saturday, January 11, 2020
January 11, 2020
Hello Sears Family. I'm so sorry for your loss and must apologize that I cannot attend services to see you all. Your Mom was a very strong woman and a wonderful wife, mother, and partner. My years working with J. Lee were always complemented by your Mom's quiet determination and undying support and love for her family. She had a great journey and set a great example. I'm thinking of you all.
January 11, 2020
LaVeda was one of my dear friends and I have so many wonderful memories of her, J. Lee, and their family. I think back to the times our families went camping and all the card playing through the years. My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.
Evelyn Van Buskirk
January 10, 2020
LaVeda was dear friend to my 98 year old mother. She was always eager to lend a helping hand, visiting my mother or taking her to church or Bible study when needed. Moreover she has been close friend to our family as well. Her sacrificial love and care was an extension of her loving, loyal and faithful service to her Savior Jesus Christ. We are saddened and we'll miss her on this earth but we rejoice that she's in the arms of her Creator and Savior.
Love Helen Stone and family
January 10, 2020
I am saddened by the passing of LaVeda but celebrate such a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and friend. LaVeda and J.Lee and their entire family are the very best in everything good in this world. I know LaVeda now joins J.Lee and I wish them to be forever young again. My heart breaks in hearing this news but rejoices with their family in a beautiful life filled with the memories of wonderful family and friends. God Bless you all. I thank LaVeda and J.Lee and their entire family for being so kind to me and my family. Love and God Bless