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Elizabeth "Libby" Sears

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Elizabeth Anne Boyce Sears, known by friends and family as Libby, passed on to be with her Lord and Savior Friday, April 10, 2009. Libby was born Oct. 2, 1939, to Daisy and A.G. Boyce in Carlsbad. She grew up in Carlsbad and graduated from Carlsbad High School in 1957. She attended college at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.
She met her husband to be, John Nelson Sears, while they were in the seventh grade. They were good friends and began dating their senior year in high school. They married Feb. 11, 1961, and remained best friends until the day she died. She loved the way he made her laugh.
Libby and John lived in Albuquerque until John graduated from college and then lived in Dallas until John finished dental school. In August 1968, they moved to Ruidoso with their two daughters, and Libby helped John begin his dental practice in Ruidoso. She worked there for a year and a half until their first son was born. After their second son started school, she became a special education aide at White Mountain Elementary School in Ruidoso. There she eventually had her own classroom where she enjoyed teaching fourth- and fifth-graders to read. She retired from the schools in 1999 after 18 years of service. Later, she again assisted John in his dental practice for a few years until both retired in August 2006. They moved to Alamogordo in August 2007.
Libby loved her family. She truly enjoyed being a stay-at-home mom and homemaker as much as possible until all four of her children were in school. She remained involved in her children's and grandchildren's lives until her death. In February this year, she and John celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary with all their children and their families and Libby's brother and his family. It was a festive occasion, especially since it was the first time all had been together in seven years.
Libby was blessed with many good friends. She especially enjoyed playing cards and games and sharing meals. She was known for her sense of fun and her caring ways. The family wishes to thank all those who have encouraged and supported her and her family through her fight with ovarian and breast cancers. The support has been especially appreciated in these last few months.
Libby's interests also included art and travel. She often took art classes, and has left her family many beautiful watercolor pieces. She shared her love of travel with John, and the two of them enjoyed many wonderful trips over the past several years.
Libby was a member of the First Christian Church in Ruidoso for 25 years, attended First Baptist Church in Ruidoso for nine years and attended Christ Community Church since moving to Alamogordo.
Libby was preceded in death by her parents, Daisy and A. G. Boyce. She is survived by her husband, John Sears, of Alamogordo; her children Karri Howard and her husband, Jim, of Cloudcroft, Karla Perry and her husband, Ty, of Las Cruces, Cliff Sears, of Watertown, N.Y., and Craig Sears, of Albuquerque; her grandchildren Grant Howard, Reese Howard, Clay Howard, Kegan Perry, Quinn Perry, Riley Perry, Jack Sears and Ian Sears; her great-granddaughter Katy Grace Howard; her brother Garth Boyce and his wife, Stana; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation was Monday, April 13, 2009, at LaGrone Funeral Chapel of Ruidoso. Funeral services will be held at First Baptist Church in Ruidoso on Tuesday, April 14, 2009, at 1:30 p.m. with Tim Gilliland officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Ruidoso.
The family is asking that contributions be made to the , Great West Division Inc., Otero Unit, P.O. Box 3208, Albuquerque, NM 87190-3208 or to , Attn: Gift Management Services, 5005 LBJ Freeway, Suite 250, Dallas, TX 75244 or to another .
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Apr. 14 to Apr. 28, 2009
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