May 7, 1928 — January 29, 2019
Nola Shearer, beloved mother and grandmother, passed away after a two-year battle with dementia.
She is survived by her three sons, Dwayne (Lorelle), David (Martha) and Steven; grandchildren, Nicholas, Elizabeth (Sarah), Andrew (Michelle) and Alexander (Kristen); and her great-grandson, Thorvald.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin N. Shearer; and her sister, Lois Frakes Osborne of Lakeview.
Nola was born in Lakeview, Oregon, the daughter of Benjamin Nathan Frakes and Ruby Persis Currey Frakes. She graduated from Lakeview High School in 1946 and attended Oregon State College for two years.
She met her future husband Marvin Shearer at Westminster House in Corvallis. They married on August 28, 1948, after Marvin graduated from OSC. They moved to Madras, Oregon, for Marv’s first job as an extension agent, then back to Corvallis when he became the OSC (later OSU) Extension Irrigation Specialist.
Nola was a mother, homemaker and volunteer as she and Marvin raised their family in Corvallis. She was a Cub Scout den mother, taught Sunday school and volunteered in the church office at the First Presbyterian Church in Corvallis. She attended many, many Corvallis school concerts as all three sons played instruments. She loved reading and was a whiz at crossword puzzles. When her children were older, she worked as a secretary for the Radiation Center and later the Philosophy Department, both at Oregon State University.
After retirement, Nola and Marvin traveled to England, Scotland, Switzerland, New Zealand, China and often to Hawaii. They enjoyed hosting their grandchildren and made frequent family trips to the beach, Black Butte Ranch and Sunriver. As the next generation grew up, they traveled to high school and college graduations for their grandchildren.
After Marvin’s death, Nola moved to Beaverton to be closer to Dave and Marty. For her last two years of life, she was cared for at Anna’s Place at Hearthstone Murrayhill.
A celebration of Nola’s life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, 2019, at Christ United Methodist Church, 12755 NW Dogwood St., Portland, OR 97229.