Charlotte Grant Sears, 70, of Chevy Chase, Md., died after a courageous journey with cancer, on Dec. 18, 2018. She was born Dec. 7, 1948, to the late Tempe Haile Curry Grant and Charles Roeder Grant.
Sears was a loving mother, friend and teacher. Born in Washington, D.C., and raised in Bethesda and Chevy Chase, Md., Sears attended the Holton-Arms School, where she memorized songs, psalms and poems that she recalled throughout her life. Her athleticism shined in field hockey and tennis. Sears supported the school after graduation by serving on the alumnae board. The mutual love of her classmates and friends was evident to her last days.
In 1971, Sears graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, following her mother’s footsteps with a degree in home economics. She and her parents cheered on the Terps every football and basketball season as members of the Terrapin Club.
In the summer of 1971, she married H. Edward Sears Jr., also of Chevy Chase. Together they raised four children with such love and support that each pursued his and her passions into adulthood, including the arts and teaching. The best mom, she was generous with hugs, and kisses, hearty laughs, spontaneous songs and the right words at the right time — especially to get a laugh in the midst of tears.
As a teacher at the Concord Hill School, Sears loved her students as much as her own family. For her, engaging 3- and 4-year-old children in learning together was a source of pure joy for almost 30 years.
Sears loved people. She remembered the names and personal details of brief acquaintances as well as lifelong friends, demonstrating that each person she knew was special and important. She will be greatly missed and always loved.
Sears is survived by her loving husband of 47 years, H. Edward Sears Jr.; four children, Dana Sears Schaefer and her husband, Michael, of Ocean View, Del., Edward “Teddy” Sears and his wife, Milissa, of Manhattan Beach, Calif., Richard “Ricky” Sears and his wife, Helén, of Kensington, Md., and Christian Sears and his wife, Elizabeth, of Cornelius, N.C.; and four grandchildren, Grant, Molly, Otis and Sonja; her four siblings and their spouses; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. A memorial service was to be held Dec. 22, 2018, at All Saints Church in Chevy Chase, Md.