School 07

Joan Kear

November 21, 1930 ~ January 26, 2021 (age 90)


On the 21st of November, 1930, Joan Bradshaw Kear was born in Guymon, Oklahoma. She was the second daughter to Willis Bryan Bradshaw and Clara Gertrude Davies Bradshaw. Joan passed from this life to eternal rest with her Lord on the 26th of January, 2021. She was 90 years old.

Joan and her older sister, Jeanne Bradshaw Hart (deceased) and their mother lived their entire lives in Guymon. She attended Guymon Public Schools from beginning to end. She graduated with the Class of 1949 along with many close friends including her future husband Dean Kear. Because of her mother’s devotion for her girls, they enjoyed happy memorable childhoods. One of her fondest memories was the kindergarten production of Snow White, in which she was the lead role. The leading prince was none other than Dean. Truly a storybook life from beginning to end. In school Joan was very involved in GHS music, the Pep Club, Glee Club, Mixed Chorus and the Girl Scouts.

She attended Panhandle A and M College on music scholarships. After her freshman year she left school, got a job and she and Dean were married on February 7th, 1951. They were the first couple to be married in the current Methodist Church. They had three children, Joy Hinchey (Chris) in 1952, Dee Ann Nordean (Chuck) in 1955 and Brad Kear (Rita) in 1957. Raising their children in Guymon and supporting them in all the different activities, school and church, was some of the highlights of their lives. Eventually Joan would return to college, graduate with a degree in elementary education and serve in the Guymon Public Schools alongside Dean for 20 years. Joan and Dean both emphasized education and all of their children and grandchildren graduated from college.

“Joanie”, as Dean used to call her, loved spending time with family and taking kids, grandkids and great-grandkids to Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma City and even camping along the Coldwater Creek. Family time was everything and many special memories were made at a variety of locations.

Joan was preceded in death by her mother Clara, the love of her life Dean, her sister Jeanne, and sister-in-law Donna Mae Andrews. She leaves behind her three children and spouses, nine grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren. Joan lived a full life with no regrets and will be missed by many.

Memorials may be sent to the UMW (United Methodist Women) at Victory Memorial United Methodist Church in Guymon, Oklahoma. 

The family will be having a graveside burial at 3:00pm on Friday, January 29th, 2021.

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