ANNISTON - Funeral service for Iris Claudia Dear, age 61 of Anniston, will be Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 3 p.m. at K.L. Brown Memory Chapel in Golden Springs with the Rev. Mark Gidley officiating. The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. until service time at the funeral home. Mrs. Dear died on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009 at Northeast Alabama Regional Medical Center. Mrs. Dear was a member of the first graduating class (1966) of Anniston Academy, held a BS in Political Science, a MS in Education from JSU and a Juris Doctorate from the Birmingham School of Law. She was a member of the National Coalition of Nursing Home Reform, the Alabama Gerontology Society, and a trainer in the Alzheimers Virtual Tour. Mrs. Dear had a multitude of talents she enjoyed sharing with others. She was an avid gardener, a gifted artist, a talented seamstress, and enjoyed cooking for family and friends. She was an advocate for the elderly and often spoke publicly on their behalf. She was also an animal lover; often volunteering for the Calhoun County Humane Society. Survivors include her son, Troy Alan Smith and his wife Leah; her mother, Frances H. Dear; two sisters, Rita Dear Moore and Melynda Dear Martin; one niece and three nephews. She was a very proud grandmother of two precious grandsons, Caleb Alan Smith and Cooper Reed Smith. Mrs. Dear is preceded in death by her father, Claude F. Dear. Online Condolences may be made to the family at www.klbrownmemorychapel.com In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the
, 1100 Ireland Way, Suite 201, Birmingham, AL 35205. (www.cancer.org). K.L. Brown Memory Chapel, 620 Golden Springs Road, Anniston, AL 36207, 256-231-2334.
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Published in The Daily Home on Dec. 15, 2009