Jane Carolyn Dearing Kearney, 81, a resident of Long Beach, passed away at home on Sunday, June 21, 2020, in Long Beach.

Jane was a native of Rochester, Minnesota, and graduated from Belhaven College with a degree in education. She retired from teaching and also was a retired executive secretary. She was a Carnival Association secretary and parade secretary.

She was preceded in death by her father, Dr. William Hill Dearing Jr.; her mother, Edith Wintersteen Dearing; two brothers, Carl Baylor Dearing and John Charles Dearing; a stepdaughter, Karon Kearney Baker; a daughter-in-law, Shirley Black Thompson; and the father of her children, James “Grant” Thompson III.

She is survived by her husband of 42 years (43 in July), Dr. Russell F. Kearney Jr.; her three children, Edith “Edie” Thompson Denson (Dana Richard), Ellen Thompson Beaty (Jeff) and James Grant Thompson IV; two stepchildren, Robert Kearney (Cindy) and Mary Lu Kearney Haynes (Scott); nine grandchildren, the Rev. Richard Denson, Brennen Denson, Shelsea Denson Rickman, Matthew Denson, Michael Richardson, Courtney Bouillon, Franklin Kearney, Hailey Haynes and Hunter Haynes; and seven great-grandchildren, Jacob, Elise, Serena, Elijah, Noah, Robin and Cotter (due in September).

In closing, the family would like to thank Fawn McDonell, her staff, and St. Joseph Hospice nurses and aides for their excellent care and compassion.

There will be a graveside service at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Kearney Family Plot in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Greenwood, officiated by her grandson, the Rev. Richard Denson.

Wilson and Knight Funeral Home is in charge.

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