Nina Collett Tear

Nina Collett Tear, 89, passed away Sept. 6, 2013, at Camden Clark Medical Center, Memorial Campus, after an extended illness.

She was born in Petroleum, Ritchie County, W.Va., on April 13, 1924, the daughter of the late Mary Ernestine and Pearly R. Geer.

She is survived by her husband, Allan K. Tear of Williamstown, W.Va.; her daughter, Catharine and husband, Tom Kelley, of Parkersburg; her stepson, Allan K. Tear II of Providence, R.I.; grandchildren, Tom Kelley Jr. and wife, Deidra, of Hurricane, W.Va.; Amy Taylor and husband, Steve, of Parkersburg; step-grandchildren, Raji and Samu Tear of Providence, R.I.; great-grandchildren, Chelcie Staats of Parkersburg, Kalen Kelley of Morgantown, W.Va., and Zane and Brayden Taylor of Parkersburg; step-great-grandchildren, Alexandria and Victoria Dent of Hurricane, W.Va.; and one step-great-great-grandson, Ryan Davenport of Hurricane, W.Va.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Gordon E. Collett Jr.; brother, Kenneth and wife Ruth Geer; sister, Thelma and husband Hoyt Kellar; niece, Patty Kellar Prokop; and sister, Isabelle and husband Ed Beagle.

She loved spending time with her family and was very loved and respected by them and everyone who knew her. She enjoyed traveling with her husband, daughter and son-in law, especially their trip to Hawaii and spending time at their condo in Bradenton, Fla. She worked in the cosmetic field all of her adult life until her retirement, starting with the original Stout’s Drug Store, Broida’s Stone & Thomas, Diamond Department Store and Elder Beerman.

She was an avid bowler for many years, both local and state. She had a love for all music but especially Gospel Music. As a young lady, she played the piano and sang in a Gospel Quartet with her father and siblings, as well as several other local quartets. The highlight of this love of Gospel Music was the opportunity to play the piano at one time for Gospel Music Legend J. D. Sumner and the Stamps Quartet. She attended Liberty Street Church of God.

Services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastor Brian Harrell officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.

Donations in memory of our loved one can be made to Liberty Street Church of God Building Fund, 13th and Liberty streets, Parkersburg, WV 26101.

The family would like to thank Dr. Ryan Lowers and his nursing staff, the staff on the First and Fifth Floors of Camden Clark Medical Center, Housecalls Home Health Agency, and TLC In Home Care Services, especially Delores, for the wonderful care and love shown to our loved one.

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