Blount & Curry Funeral Home-Carrollwood

3207 W Bearss Ave, Tampa, FL


Mary L Bearss

December 13, 1923August 5, 2019

BEARSS, Mary Louise Hebble passed away August 5, born in Tampa on December 13, 1923, the daughter of Richard B. Hebble, Sr. and Ella Lowry Hebble Merrill. She was an active member of the Lake Magdalene United Methodist Church since 1933. She taught the True Blue Sunday School Class for decades.

Mary graduated from Hillsborough High School in 1941. In 1946, she married Paul Bearss, a citrus grower. She was married for 60 years before her husband passed away on August 31, 2006. She is survived by one daughter, Marilynn Bearss, one son, Martin Bearss and wife, Louise, of Tampa; two stepdaughters, Sue Carr, of Tampa, Velva Pecon, of Tennessee; one sister-in-law, Pennie Hebble, of Charlotte, NC; one niece, Joreka Hebble Meewes and husband, Lonny, of Waxhaw NC, two great-nieces, Jordan and Kathryn Meewes; six granddaughters, Amanda Bearss and Elizabeth Latimer and husband, Mike, of Tampa; Doray Lendacky and husband, Tom, of Wimberley, Texas; Sandra Schofield, Vicki Schofield, and Samantha Vega, all of Tampa; three grandsons, Garry Schofield of Tampa, Stephen Schofield, Jacksonville; Gary Tucker and wife, Lori of Tampa; eight great grandchildren and five great great grandchildren. She is survived by a number of cousins and has enjoyed her relationship with them. Her husband, her parents, her brother, Richard B. Hebble, Jr. and a son, Edward Gordon Bearss and grandson, Gordon Paul Carr, predeceased her.

She has been a Professional Registered Parliamentarian since 1969 and served many national, state and local organizations. She was a member of Florida Alpha Parliamentarians Unit. Mary was a member and past president of Tampa Lakes Woman’s Club; served as District 8 Director of the Florida Federation of Women’s Clubs and served 18 years as parliamentarian for The Florida Federation of Womens Clubs.

Mary was active in genealogical societies, serving as Regent of DeSoto Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, President of Edmund Sheffield Chapter, Colonial Dames of the Seventeenth Century, and Regent of John Donaldson, Jr. Chapter of the Daughters of the American Colonists. She served as National Parliamentarian for the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution for six years and as State Parliamentarian for the Florida State Society Daughters of the American Revolution for more than 20 years; National Parliamentarian for the National Association of Parliamentarians; and many other organizations.

Remembrances: Lake Magdalene United Methodist Church Building Fund, (2902 West Fletcher Ave, Tampa, FL 33618), DeSoto Chapter Historic Schoolhouse Fund (c/o Treasurer Kate Pittman, 2821 West Parkland Blvd, Tampa, FL 33609) or the charity of your choice.

Service: A visitation will be held on Friday, August 9, 2019 from 12pm-1pm followed by a memorial service in the Blount & Curry Funeral Home, 3207 W Bearss Ave, Tampa, Florida 33618. Private cremation to follow. Please visit BlountCurryCarrollwood.com to share online condolences.


  • Visitation Friday, August 9, 2019
  • Memorial Service Friday, August 9, 2019


Mary L Bearss

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Ann Dunlap

August 9, 2019

I will miss you at our meetings for you were such an integral part of each one. Thank you for all the good memories at state conferences. I admired your knowledge of all the rules, protocol and procedures. You will certainly be missed.


Ann Dunlap

Laura Culver

August 7, 2019

On behalf of the De Soto Chapter NSDAR, I wish to express my deepest condolences to her family. She was a beloved & valued member of our chapter for over 50 years.
Laura Culver, Regent De Soto Chapter NSDAR

Kathryn M. RIZZO

August 7, 2019

Edmund Sheffield Chapter, National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century sends our very deepest condolences. Mary was a blessing to each and every society and organization of which she was a member. She will be remembered with gratitude and great reverence.

Kathryn M. Rizzo, President, Edmund Sheffield Chapter

Carl Stickeler

August 7, 2019

To Martin and Marilyn, I was saddened to learn of your mother passing as both of our mothers were dear friends, both sharing a love of Roberts Rules of Order and family genealogy and belonged in many organizations together. Please know that your mother will be missed by many but her legacy of love will live on forever. My prayers are with you and your family.
Carl Stickeler (son of Carl Ann "Jimmy" Stickeler)

Karen Price

August 6, 2019

My sincere condolences to Mary's
family and her many friends. I was fortunate to meet and know Mary for a short time through the Florida State Association of Parliamentarians. Mary was a mentor to many and great fun to be with.

Doray and Tom Lendacky

August 6, 2019

Pound cake!
Grandma ALWAYS had a loaf of THE BEST pound cake sitting on her countertop. We come in thru the kitchen door, and as we cut off a slice we’d yell, “Hi Grandma!”. This is how I introduced Tom to the family. Both he and Aaron often times will ask me to make Grandma’s pound cake....and of course I do but mine is never as good as her’s.
Thanks for all your love and the wonderful memories.
With love,

Linda Burnette

August 6, 2019

She is going to be very missed but know she is always going to be in your heart and her spirit will be by your side.