Katharine Margaret “Kitty” MacDougall Shearer
Born January 18, 1936, in Chicago, IL, the only child of the late Neil E. and Carroll L. (Cruse) MacDougall passed away on August 31, 2015, at the age of 79.
She moved to Lansing in 1946 and graduated from Lansing Sexton High School in January of 1954. She attended Albion College in Albion, MI for 2 years, where she was a Kappa Alpha Theta. She married the love of her life, Peter P. Shearer, on April 12, 1958 and they recently celebrated their 57th anniversary. She and Peter have 5 children, 15 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.
She loved being a stay-at-home mom to raise her five children, but occasionally held part time jobs that she enjoyed, including Puss in the Corner, Inc., First of America Bank, U.S. Government/Census Bureau, Gibson Greeting Card Co. and her own company, Out of the Barn Antiques. She participated in the Junior League of Lansing, Kappa Alpha Theta Alumnae, River Ridge Garden Club – President and Vice President and Dewitt Lioness – Vice President. She and Peter also bought and renovated a 100-year-old farmhouse in Laingsburg in 1984, where Kitty enjoyed gardening and refinishing antiques.
Kitty was preceded in death by her parents and her granddaughter, Katelyn Elizabeth Mattice. She is survived by her husband, Peter of 57 years; 5 children, Carroll (Kale) Gallatin, Peter (Cindy), Michael, Katie (Michael) Mattice and Betsy (Jason) Marko; 14 grandchildren, Kate and Thomas Gallatin, Jackson, Evan and Maddie Shearer, Victoria (Jake) Bonotto, Kristi, Zachary and Heather Shearer, Kara, Lizzie and Jack Mattice and Ellie and Ty Marko; and 1 great-grandchild, Landen Bonotto.
The funeral service will be held at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel, 325 W. Washtenaw, Lansing, MI 48933 on Saturday, September 5, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. Burial to follow at Reed Cemetery in Laingsburg, MI. Visitation will be also be at Estes-Leadley from 2-4 p.m. and from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, September 4, 2015.
The Family would like to thank Dena Baker, close family friend and Kitty’s nurse; the Staff of Breslin Cancer Center, especially Joe and Therese; Dr. Barbara Fretwell and her nurse, Abby; and McLaren Home Care and Hospice staff, especially Carol, who gave such wonderful care mixed with kindness and gentleness, Kerri and Doug, Margie and Karen.
Donations may be made in memory of Kitty to either McLaren Hospice, 1515 Cal Drive, Davison, MI 48423 or to the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/kitty-shearer/memorial.