Beulah Louise Mears

Beulah Louise Mears, 98, of New London, died Friday, August 11, 2023 at New London Specialty Care.  She was born March 5, 1925 in Ferris, Illinois to Charles Albert and Myrtle Carroll Long.  On March 10, 1945 she married John Leonard Mears in Good Hope, Illinois.  He died May 28, 2011.

Louise worked as a nurse’s aide at Mount Pleasant Mental Health; IAAP in Middletown; and at Motorola for twelve years, retiring in 1986.  She was a member of First Christian Church, Blandinsville, Illinois and later attended Harmony Bible Church and Calvary Baptist Church in Mt. Pleasant.

Survivors include her sons Charles (Connie) Mears and John E. Mears, both of New London; daughter Linda (Larry) Zachmeyer of Ft. Madison; eight grandchildren; twenty-three great-grandchildren and many great-great-grandchildren.  Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; daughter Charlotte Allen; son-in-law Larry Allen; sister M. Maxine Keithley; and nephew Gene Keithley.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am, August 25, 2023 at Elliott Chapel, New London with Mr. Dan Dingus officiating.  Visitation will begin at 9:00 with the family receiving friends beginning at 10:00 until the time of the service.  Burial of her cremains along with her beloved husband, John, will be at Burge Cemetery, rural New London immediately following the service.  A memorial has been established for Harmony Bible Church.  Online condolences may be left at