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Nancy T. Blears, 96, passed away on Monday, July 12, 2021 at her home in Lakewood, NY with her longtime caregiver and dear 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 April 16, 1925 in Jamestown, daughter of the late Kenneth A. and Mildred Danielson Tornebohm. She was also the 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 from Skidmore College in 1947.

A member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Nancy was a member 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. 127, Fenton Historical Society, YWCA of Jamestown, Chautauqua Lake Yacht Club, Lakewood Rod & Gun Club, American Association of University Women and the League of Women Voters of Jamestown. She has also served on the Board of Directors of Family Service of Jamestown.

In addition to her friend and caregiver, Eun Lamb, survive two sons: Matthew Wilson Swanson (Diane) of Winnsboro, SC and Charles Knute Swanson (Diane) of Pulaski, VA; her sister, Lois Galloway of Lakewood, NY; nine grandchildren: Lisa Swanson Preece (Trulan) of Provo, UT, Luke C. Swanson (Joye) of Jamestown, Alycia D. Costanzo (Gabe) of Hemlock, NY, Charles Knute Swanson II (Janette) of 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 of Winnsboro, CS; two stepchildren: Lauren Byrne (Ben) and Kimberly Bausback (Michael), both of California; a number of great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandson; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband, John Blears, Jr., Nancy was predeceased by her first husband, David W. Swanson; son, Mark T. Swanson; daughter, Trudy N. Dublin; grandsons, Peter N. Dublin and Mark D. Swanson; step-sons, Richard J. Blears and Norman J. Blears; and one sister, Carol Tornebohm Nash.

A memorial service will be held at a later date to be announced. Interment will be in Sunset Hill Cemetery.

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

Briefs can be made 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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