CARTHAGE - Katherine Kate S. Bears, 94, passed at home in Pittsfield, MA on May 3, 2012.
Born on March 11, 1918, in DeKalb, NY, 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.
Kate is pre-deceased by her husband, Malcolm who was a Bronze Star recipient and veteran of World War II, her parents, Hollis and Eva Taylor, her brother. Philo Taylor and her sisters, Mary Peebles, Leona Woodward and Arlene Dubois. Kate is survived by her two sons, Malcolm Ted Taylor Bears III, of Stephentown, NY, and Hollis Robert Bears of Las Vegas, NV, her sister, Orlinda Derby, Lynn, of Carthage, her grandchildren, Malcolm Mac Taylor Bears IV and his wife Christine of Stephentown and Nan Rose Bears Card and her husband Kenneth of Pittsfield, as well as her great-grandchildren, Taylor Rose Bears and Cole William Gerstel.
A graveside committal service will be held on Wednesday, July 11th at 12:00 noon in the Black River Cemetery, Black River, NY. Local arrangements are being handled by the Lundy Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Inc., Carthage.