Verna Soles Sears

GLOUCESTER - Verna Soles Sears, 85, passed away on Saturday, May 15, 2004, after a long illness. She was a native of Gloucester County and was the daughter of the late George B. and Annie Lou Purcell Soles and the widow of Wilbur Garland Sears. She was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Gloucester and graduated from Botetourt High School in 1937. Afterwards she graduated from the Elizabeth Buxton Hospital School of Nursing in 1940. Mrs. Sears worked for Newport News Eye Physicians and Surgeon for 20 years during the 1960s-1970s. Afterwards she worked for Sanders Nursing Home in Gloucester for 15 years. She is survived by her daughter, Ann Sears of Gloucester; her son, Robert 'Bob' Sears and his wife, Von, of Newport News; two brothers, Harry P. Soles and his wife, Jackie, and George Soles and his wife, Lucy; five grandchildren, Dean Bowden, Hope Callis and her husband, Dave, Beth Raposa and her husband, Josh, Tracy Harvey and her husband, Jeff, and Kelly Cox and her husband, Kevin; and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her sister, Louise Bischoff. The family will receive friends from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 18, at the funeral home. Graveside rites will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Bellamy United Methodist Church Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Mrs. G. Edward Mowry, 7274 Joseph Lewis Road, Hayes, VA 23072. Funeral arrangements are by Andrews Funeral Home, Gloucester, Va.

Published in the Daily Press from 5/17/2004 - 5/18/2004.

I met Sister Sears on Saturday the fifteenth of May. Several of us dropped by to visit after church and as a visitor myself I am glad to have gone. We visited, sang a song, and prayed. Sister Sears was happy and peace shown from her. Even though that was the only time we met I am grateful for the testimony she held and look forward to seeing her again.
Mac Connell (Hampton, VA ) - May 19, 2004
I will miss your hot rolls, sitting on your front porch and talking to you. I loved you very much.
Laura Stokes (Lynchburg, VA ) - May 18, 2004
Bobby, I am so sorry to hear your mom passed away.  It is such a tough thing to lose a loved one.   My prayers and thoughts go out to you and your family during these this difficult time.  Thanks for always being a good friend, Johnny Napier
Johnny Napier - May 17, 2004
Ann, I'm so sorry for the loss of your mother. I know you loved her dearly. She touched a lot of lives in her life's work as a registered nurse and mom.
Robin Johnson (Yorktown, VA ) - May 17, 2004