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Nancy T. Blears, 96, passed away on Monday, July 12, 2021 at her Lakewood, NY home with longtime caregiver and valued friend Eun Lamb by her side.

She was the widow of the late John Blears, Jr., who died on February 26, 1992.

Nancy was born on April 16, 1925 in Jamestown to the late Kenneth A. and Mildred Danielson Tornebohm. She was also a granddaughter of the late John P. Danielson, founder of the former JP Danielson Tool Company in Jamestown.

She graduated from Jamestown High School in 1943 and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Skidmore College in 1947.

As a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Nancy was part of The Creche, Inc., Norden Women’s Club, where she was past president, American Scandinavian Heritage Foundation, Vasa Order of America and Thule Lodge No Jamestown, Chautauqua Lake Yacht Club, Lakewood Rod & Gun Club, American Association of University Women, and the League of Women Voters of Jamestown. She previously served on the board of the Family Service of Jamestown.

In addition to her friend and carer, Eun Lamb, two sons survive: Matthew Wilson Swanson (Diane) from Winnsboro, SC and Charles Knute Swanson (Diane) from Pulaski, VA; her sister Lois Galloway from Lakewood, NY; nine grandchildren: Lisa Swanson Preece (Trulan) from Provo, UT, Luke C. Swanson (Joye) from Jamestown, Alycia D. Costanzo (Gabe) from Hemlock, NY, Charles Knute Swanson II (Janette) from Vista, CA, Ben A Swanson (Mindy) from Houston, TX, Katherin E. Long (Mike) from Akron, NY, Scott Dublin (Angela) from Pittsford, NY, and Lori A. Black (Will) and Angela D. Connor, both from Winnsboro, SC ; two bootlegs: Lauren Byrne (Ben) and Kimberly Bausback (Michael), both from California; several great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, John Blears, Jr., Nancy was preceded in the death by her first husband, David W. Swanson; Son, Mark T. Swanson; Daughter, Trudy N. Dublin; Grandson, Peter N. Dublin and Mark D. Swanson; Stepsons, Richard J. Blears and Norman J. Blears; and a sister, Carol Tornebohm Nash.

A memorial service will be held at a later date to be announced. The inurnentation takes place in the Sunset Hill Cemetery.

The family would like to thank the hospice for all their kindness, help and care, especially Gretchen Weigle in these last few days.

Monuments can be found at Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care, 20 W. Fairmount Ave., Lakewood, NY 14750; OR St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 410 N. Main St, Jamestown, NY 14701.

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