Carol McDermott Pears
25 May 1941 – 9 February 2022
Carol McDermott Pears, beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and friend passed away on February 9, 2022.
Carol was born on May 25, 1941, in Clifton, Idaho to Floyd F and Waldene Bodily McDermott. She was the oldest of eight children. Carol’s family moved to Syracuse, Utah when she was about thirteen. She attended North Davis Junior High and graduated from Davis High School in 1959. She was proud to call herself a Davis Dart and enjoyed seeing the marching band each year in the Fourth of July Parade. Carol earned an associate degree from Weber College and continued her education at Utah State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Carol taught second grade at Hill Top Elementary and later West Point Elementary. She served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the British Mission from June 1966 to December 1967. She married Alfred Raymond Pears on March 21, 1969, in the Logan Utah temple.
Carol was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served faithfully in many callings including Cub Scouts and Primary (in many different capacities). She and Alfred served a mission at the Bishop’s Storehouse in Kaysville, Utah and for many years as ordinance workers in the Bountiful Temple. Carol enjoyed serving in the community as an election judge and substitute teacher in many Davis County schools.
Carol had a strong testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and did her best to share that testimony with others. She was an avid family historian and could recite from memory the names and stories of the many ancestors who came before her. She loved each member of her family and was great at keeping in contact with her many cousins. Carol proudly brainwashed” her grandchildren by telling them that she was “the Grandma who loved them” (her fifteen grandchildren have no doubt that she loved them completely).
Carol was the true embodiment of the phrase “a stranger is just a friend you haven’t met yet.” She had the uncanny ability to speak to anyone and to make meaningful connections. She will be remembered for her smile and cheerful attitude.
Carol is survived by her six children: Norman (Rebecca) Pears, Raymond Pears, Andrea (Michael) Melot, Keith (Rachel) Pears, Jessica Pears, Elizabeth (John) Evans; fifteen grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; her siblings: Georgia, Blaine, Roger, Julie, Lee, and Jane, as well as many nieces and nephews and extended family members. She was preceded in death by her eternal companion, Alfred; her parents and baby sister, Marie; her brother-in-law Jan Montgomery; and sister-in-law Janice McDermott.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, February 18, 2022, at the Willow Pines ward chapel located at 331 South 50 West, Kaysville, Utah.
Friends may visit with family Thursday February 17, at Lindquist Kaysville Mortuary, 400 Main Street, Kaysville from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Friday morning at the Willow Pines chapel from 9:30 to 10:30 prior to the service. Carol will be laid to rest in Kaysville City Cemetery following the service.
In Lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite organization that improves the lives of children or to the Perpetual Education of Missionary Fund of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.