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Martha “Jane” Bearden, 82, of Ravenna, passed away peacefully Thursday, November 24, 2022.

Graveside services were held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, November 28, at Avery Cemetery in the city of Avery, TX. A visitation was held on Sunday, November 27, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at Cooper-Sorrells Funeral Home, Bonham, TX. Officiating was Scott Ellis.

Jane was born on April 1, 1940 in Pilot Grove, TX, the daughter of the late Roy and Vee Neathery. She married John Amos Bearden on September 27, 1996 in Dekalb, TX. She was a member of Ector Church of Christ. She enjoyed and was known for her cooking talents, and she loved spending time with her family, especially her brothers and sisters.

Jane will be missed by her husband, John Bearden of Ravenna, her sons; Stan Nelms and his wife Angela of Bonham, TX; and Jeff Nelms and his friend Raynett of Grand Prairie, TX. Grandchildren; Billy Nelms (Martha) of Arlington, TX, Cheyenne Akcali (Jonathan) of Denton, TX, Kenny Nelms and fiancé Jorja, Jeffery Nelms (Jaclyn) of Waxahachie, TX, Jami Woodard (Seth) of Magnolia, TX, Jason Nelms (Ashley) of Midlothian, TX. Siblings; June Washburn (Ken) of Pottsboro, TX, Jack Neathery (Ethyl) of Klondike, TX, Lynda Knorpp (Jim) of Keller, TX. Great Grandchildren; Bowen, Landry, Kade, Kyla, Peyton, Hudson, Jaxon, Hunter, Hayden and Aiden; in addition to many nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Maurice and Bryon Neathery, her sisters Mattie Heed, Anna Robinson, Majorie Grimes and Brynda Clay and grandson Johnny Nelms.

The family would like to extend an extra special thanks to Dr. Bradley Rue, the staff at Wesley House, Hospice Plus team and special friends Rip Winkler, Phil Ferguson and Bruce Duncan.

Memorials may be made Ector Church of Christ, 101 N Cedar St, Ector, TX 75439.

Pallbearers will be Stan Nelms, Jeff Nelms, Billy Nelms, Cheyenne Akcali, Kenny Nelms and Mickey Roberts.

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