Nov 072012

Joyce Arvilla Kear, 77, of Pinetop passed away on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at Summit Healthcare Regional Medical Center in Show Low. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Buck Springs Chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, located at 4075 Buck Springs Road in Pinetop, with a viewing beginning at 10 a.m. Interment will follow in the Lakeside Cemetery.
She was born, the oldest daughter of 11 children, to the late Levi and Arvilla (McNeil) Hancock on Jan. 27, 1935, in Snowflake.
Joyce loved her family, and was always helping her mom with her younger brothers and sisters. She enjoyed being around her big family and found comfort in being a “second mom” to them. In 1961 Joyce married the love her life, Mark Russell Kear, and they enjoyed many, many wonderful years together before his passing.
She loved to quilt and crochet and was always making something for her family. An avid reader, she was always seen with a good book. She was an excellent cook, and provided many wonderful meals to her family and friends. Being around her children and grandchildren was a great joy to her, and she was always playing games with them at family gatherings, especially the game of Skip-Bo, which was her favorite.
She had beautiful, sparkling blue eyes and a great big smile that surely made her live up to the meaning of her name, “Full of Joy.” A loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, she will be missed by all.
Survivors include her daughter, Marcia McCloud; her son, James Crawford Kear; 13 grandchildren, Dawn McCloud, Gioia McCloud, Gena Neuroth, Trevor Kear, Kristan Barrington, Marcia Kear, Charity Kear, Kourtnie Kear, Rachael Vito, Logan Kear, Jason Kear, Joey Kear and Trenton Kear; seven great-great-grandchildren; two brothers; and four sisters.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Mark; and 2 sons, Levi Mark and Raymond Starr Kear.
Owens Livingston Mortuary of Show Low was in charge of the arrangements.