Dana Arlene (Christman) Mears

June 28, 1939 - September 12, 2021
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Mother, friend, counselor, gardener and confidant, Dana Arlene (Christman) Mears, passed away in the home of her son, the evening of September 12, 2021 with all of her sons, daughters-in-law, Renee and Erica, and grandson, Cory, at her side. Born June 28, 1939 to John Calvin and Betty Jane (Jones) Christman in Mercy Ho…

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Mother, friend, counselor, gardener and confidant, Dana Arlene (Christman) Mears, passed away in the home of her son, the evening of September 12, 2021 with all of her sons, daughters-in-law, Renee and Erica, and grandson, Cory, at her side. Born June 28, 1939 to John Calvin and Betty Jane (Jones) Christman in Mercy Hospital, she grew up on the family farm on Elmhurst Road in Plain Township, planning and planting flowers with her mother, helping to raise the family. She was a member of one of the last graduating classes of Middlebranch High School where she was involved in many activities and served as homecoming queen. She intended to pursue a college career immediately after but began a family of her own instead.
After getting her three sons off to elementary school, she then pursued and attained that intended college career with a bachelor’s degree from Kent State University and capping it off with a masters degree from Case Western Reserve University. She had a decades-long career in social work, helping others to negotiate the difficult paths of life, deferring retirement but retiring finally at age seventy-five.
Throughout her family and professional pursuits, she was an avid, perhaps obsessive, gardener, winning accolades for her avocation, including the 2018 Canton Garden Center’s Secret Garden Tour of 2018. Her gardens were her refuge, workshop and outdoor healing center.
She is survived by her beloved sons, Orum Glenn III, Mark Calvin and Christopher John; daughters-in-law, Renee Miskimmin, Erica Mears and Karen Katz; grandchildren, Kepler, Seth, Clay, Dylan, Cory and Carmen; sister, Darla; and brother-in-law Jim Schmeltzer; sister-in-law, Nancy Christman; many nieces and nephews; former spouse, Glenn Mears Jr.; and so many friends whose outpouring has been greatly appreciated by these survivors.
An open house in Dana’s residential gardens is planned for Thursday the 23rd of September from 9 to 4. A memorial service will be held at the Christman family church, Saint Jacobs Community Church – Cairo, 8169 Kent Avenue, Canton Ohio, at 2 p.m. on Friday, September 24th, with a celebration of life and receiving line the same day at the Geib Funeral Center at Dover, 5600 North Wooster Avenue, Dover from 5 to 8 pm.
Donations in Dana’s name are encouraged to: North Canton Historical Society, Canton Garden Center or the Wilderness Center which will plant a tree in her memory.

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Service Information

Visitation Information

Date: Thursday, September 23, 2021

Time: 9:00 am

End Time: 4:00 pm

An open house in Dana’s residential gardens is planned for Thursday.


Date: Friday, September 24, 2021

Time: 5:00 pm

End Time: 8:00 pm

Geib Funeral Center at Dover

Address:

5600 N Wooster Avenue, Dover, OH, 44622

Service Information

Date: Friday, September 24, 2021

Time: 2:00 pm

Saint Jacobs Community Church - Cairo

Address:

8169 Kent Avenue NE
Canton, OH 44721

Donation Information

Canton Garden Center

1615 Stadium Park Drive NW
Canton, OH 44718

North Canton Historical Society

185 Ream St. NW
North Canton, OH 44720

The Wilderness Center

PO Box 202
Wilmot, OH 44689
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Born: June 28, 1939
Died: September 12, 2021

Condolences for Dana Arlene (Christman) Mears

Geib Funeral Home & Crematory

On behalf of the Geib Family and Staff, we offer our most sincere sympathy for your loss. We are honored to have been called upon to serve your family.

 

Waliah Poto posted on 9/21/21

Please accept my condolences for your loss. Dana was a warm, lovely, and charming person. May God bless the family, and may He place His loving arms around you for peace and comfort.

 

Chuck and Maxine Perry posted on 9/20/21

We were happy to have known Dana as both a classmate and a friend over the years. Our thoughts are with the family in their loss.

 

Dianne Piraino posted on 9/20/21

I am very sorry for your loss. May God Bless her and all of her family.

 

Dianne Piraino posted on 9/20/21

I am very sorry for your loss. May God Bless her and all of her family.

 

Ella Marshall posted on 9/19/21

My heart is sad to see this. Dana was a beautiful person both inside & out who touched my life & helped me through a very difficult time. We exchanged notes during COVID last year & her card is in my scrapbook. Always a beautiful smile; a positive word; & a hug. She surprised me with a visit to my 'new home' when I moved into town & it was so good to talk with her. We often talked of her garden & it was obvious how much joy it gave her. She will be missed by all who experienced the love & and encouragement she gave. May the warm memories fill your hearts & help you through the period of grief. Caring, Ella Marshall

 

Joan Swaney posted on 9/17/21

So sorry for your loss! Thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

 

Ken and Carol Huprich posted on 9/17/21

Cherish your many memories.

 

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