Shirley Jean Mears

January 3, 1923 ~ November 18, 2020

Shirley Jean Mears died Wednesday at the self-ascribed age of “plenty-nine” in her residence at the Barton Creek assisted living facility in Bountiful, Utah. Born in Salt Lake City, Shirley attended South and Granite High Schools, then worked at the Tooele Army Depot in support of the troops in WWII. She married Wallace B. Mears upon his return from serving in the Navy. A full-time mom and wife, she also ran Shirley’s Beauty Salon in her Bountiful home. A genuine wit and fun-loving person, Shirley made fast friends wherever she went. The girls’ club she formed in grade school met occasionally for over 80 years. Shirley loved music. She sang in the Sweet Adelines chorus in her younger years and played in harmonica bands in later life. She and Wally also enjoyed square dancing after Wally’s retirement in 1983. She played golf and was good at it, often beating any men who happened to be in her foursome (while playing from the men’s tees). A faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, she taught junior Sunday school classes and served as Cub Scout leader, among other callings. She is survived by her children: Mark (Kathy), Janene Spencer, Lu Ann Samuelsen, Scott (Wendy), Kenny (Kriston); 16 grandchildren; and a bunch of great-grandchildren. The family wishes to thank Barton Creek personnel and Elevation Hospice aide Cassie for their loving care. Due to COVID-19, the family is holding a private celebration of Shirley’s life. Interment at Larkin Sunset Gardens.


Aunt Shirley lived a long and wonderful life. She was my favorite aunt! LuAnn and I sure kept her on her toes when we were together as children. She and Uncle Wally always came to our Gene Fellows' gatherings in Utah and we were always so glad to have them. Every time I would visit her, she would ask about my children and what they and their children were up to. I will miss her. Even though I live out of state and couldn't see her very often, just knowing she was in Bountiful was comforting. Love you, Aunt Shirley!

- Martie Fowles
So sorry to hear about your mom. My mom and your mom are probably having a grand time on the other side. Love Alana

- Alana Winegar
I wanted to send the warmest wishes to Wally and Shirley’s Entire family Who made such an impression on me at a young age. You are the kindest family and I truly adored Wally and Shirley. Thank you for all you have meant to me and I wish for you peace and comfort at this time.

- Jo’D Weatherbie Claiborne
Dear Mark and Kathy, We read the obituary in the Deseret News today of your beautiful, talented, active, remarkable mother who lived a full long life. We extend our condolences as you remember her love and important role in your life. Love, Stan and Pat

- Stan and Pat Schoenfeld
I want to share my condolences with Shirley's family. I hope you're comforted by the "renewal "she's enjoying following the constraints of too many "plenty ninth" birthdays. As a true friend to my mother and father I remember her as always pleasant to be around. She continued to lift my mother's spirit even though Alzheimers had robbed mom of the knowledge of who this friend was. I have always appreciated that. I hope you are all doing well. Kim Roderick

- Kim Roderick
We were saddened to hear of the passing of your mother. Our condolences go out to the family, and especially Scott and Wendy, who have been friends for many years.

- Bill and Sharon Larkin