Leasha Gayle Bear

Leasha Gayle Bear, 64, passed away Dec. 23 at 2:30 a.m. in her home where she was dearly loved. Her faith in God and love for family and friends gave her cour- age to fight cancer the past 14 months that left a final legacy for a life well lived.
Bear was born in Springfield on March 4, 1955 to Dewey and Nathalie Ramey. She grew up in Fair Grove where she graduated from high school in 1973. She attended Evangel College, majoring in her lifelong love of music and graduated in 1977. She received her Masters from SMS in 1980. Her education led her to a nearly 40-year career teaching music at Willard and the Springfield Public Schools. She loved working with kids and produced not only some wonderful programs but gained their love and respect. It was rare to go out in public and not have a former student approach her. She got the thrill of a lifetime when she performed in a 300 voice choir at Carnegie Hall in the 2016 Christmas in New York Concert.
Bear married Jerry Bear on Jan. 16, 1982. The Bear family adventures became a center of joy. They only got better when Justin and Jessica came along in 1988 and 1992.
Bear is preceded in death by her mother Nathalie, her grandparents, and many friends.
Bear is survived by her husband Jerry, son Justin, daughter Jessica, brother-in-law Ken and wife Sheila, and Dad, Dewey Ramey.
Visitation was at Greenlawn Funeral Home East from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27. Services were at Crossway Baptist Church, Saturday, Dec. 28 at 11 a.m. under the direction of Reverend Sandy Baird. Burial followed at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens.


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