Martha Sears 1947~2019

Martha Pearl Sears

  • 1947~ 2019

It is with tremendous sadness that the family of Martha Pearl Sears announces her passing on September 8, 2019, at the age of 72 years.

She was born May 5, 1947 in Topeka, KS, to the late Marjorie T. and Lewis Leroy Jones.

Martha was raised in Wichita, KS, where she spent 30 years with her husband James, working and raising their family. In 1997, they moved to his hometown of St. Joseph, MO, to enjoy their next 20 working and retirement years with his family.

Upon the passing of her husband James in January 2019, she relocated to Roseburg, OR to spend her remaining life with her daughter and son-in-law.

Martha will be remembered by family and friends for always having an open door and goodies to eat for all. Her specialty was Christmas candies and cookies that she made every year to share with their workplace, neighbors, friends and family. One of her greatest pleasures, which she had a special knack for, was decorating their entire home inside and out for every holiday.

Martha was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James Sears; and sister, Marjorie Lee Jones.

Survivors include daughter Connie (Brian) Salmon of Roseburg, OR; son, John (Natalie) Sears of Eureka, KS; grandson, Matthew J. Miller of Portland, OR; five step- grandchildren; 14 step-great-grandchildren; along with a very large extended family.

No services to be held at this time.

Pearson's Funeral Home are in charge of arrangements 541-672-4435.

Gunilla Guenther 1940 ~ 2019

Gunilla Guenther passed away on September 4, 2019, at Oak Park in Roseburg at the age of 78. She was born in Sweden and resided with her folks and brother until she went to nursing school in Southern Sweden.

Gunilla worked at various nursing positions until she migrated to the United States at age 28. This was a difficult move as she had to learn English and get the proper credentials in order to be able to practice as a registered nurse in America. She accomplished this while residing in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Gunilla later moved to San Diego and continued her nursing career there. During this time, she met her future husband, Egan Guenther. After she and Egan got married, she moved to Antlers Resort at Mt. Shasta, since Egan owned the resort.

They managed the resort for 20 years, retired, and moved to the Highlands in Green district. Egan was very active as a Mason and Shriner, and was potentate in 1972.

Egan and Gunilla travelled all over the world. They loved to dance and attend jazz festivals. They frequently visited family and friends in Germany and Sweden. They always had dogs, usually German Shepherds, but their last dog was a black lab.