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Carolyn R. Bearce

Canton – Carolyn R. Bearce, 82, of Canton, passed away at 12:15 AM on Thursday, September 24, 2020 at her residence. She was born on January 27, 1938 in Canton to Threll and Josephine (McMullen) Waughtel. She married Mark L. Bearce on October 29, 1955 in Canton, IL. He preceded her in death in 2000.

Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Wanda (Louis) Whiteman and Norma (Robert) Morgan.

Surviving are two children, Kathie L. Johnson and Mark (Ulrike) Bearce; three grandchildren, Brandon (Amy) Carroll, Jennifer Bearce, and Mark (Melanie) Knight; and five great-grandchildren, Jackson and Mason Carroll, Emily and Kevin Bearce, and Robin Knight.

Carolyn worked as a surgical tech for 45 years at Graham Hospital in Canton. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Canton and the Lady’s Auxiliary VFW. Carolyn loved animals and collecting porcelain dolls.

Graveside services will be held at 11 AM on Monday, September 28, 2020 at Greenwood Cemetery in Canton, IL. Rev. Kevin VanTine will officiate. Memorials can be made to the Fulton County Humane Society. Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory is in charge of arrangements. To view Carolyn’s DVD or to make online condolences you may go to

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  • Kelli Canevit

    Reply September 24, 2020 8:42 pm

    Kathy I’m sorry to hear about your mother. I always loved her stories and the fun things she and Brandon would come up with. When you and I worked together at the bank she bought Brandon a tool set with a saw and he sawed off the heel of your shoe!!

    I later worked with your mom at the hospital in surgery before she retired and she always brought laughter into the room! She would also make sure you did your end of the job right!!
    May you be blessed for knowing she brought smiles to others.

  • Peggy s Lisenbee

    Reply September 24, 2020 9:07 pm

    Carolyn was such a sweet lady, always enjoyed visiting with her, Our thoughts are with you,

  • sylke weaver

    Reply September 24, 2020 9:40 pm

    Wanting to send my condolences to the family of Carolyn I had the honor of working with Carolyn for many many years as she was one of the most good-hearted as well as outspoken women I’ve known. She kept us all in line as well as played the mother role when we needed it. It is a great loss to see that she is no longer with us.
    Rest well Carolyn

  • Anthony Painter

    Reply September 25, 2020 5:56 am

    Kathie, So sorry for the loss of your Mother.

  • Deb and John Etheridge

    Reply September 25, 2020 11:23 am

    Kathie and family,

    We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Jan K Jenkins

    Reply September 25, 2020 12:24 pm

    So sorry for the loss of Carolyn she was a great lady. Jake

  • Becky Coulter

    Reply September 25, 2020 5:00 pm

    Sorry for your loss

    Becky Hamm Coulter

  • Kathy Jump Davis

    Reply September 30, 2020 12:31 am

    Kathie so sorry to hear that your mom passed prayers to you and your family.

  • Larry Avery

    Reply October 1, 2020 1:25 am

    Kathie Just read this or would have came to grave side. Had a lot of good time at the hospital with your Mom and Dad. 10/1 1:24am

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