View Clara Roberts’s Obituary
Clara Mae (Leonard) Roberts of Yuma, AZ died on Monday, December 21, 2009, due to the need for one more fantastic pinochle player at Jesus’ birthday party up in heaven. Her husband, Donald, has been waiting 21 years for her to come and get tipsy on one glass of champagne.
She was born January 10, 1924, in St. Joseph, Missouri.
Clara was the tap dancing, accordion playing Miss Benton High School beauty queen, who wore dark red lipstick and fantastic curled hair while she proudly served in the Red Cross during WWII and graduated business school. Married on July 2, 1943, she was a homemaker, bookkeeper, casserole and fudge maker extraordinaire, poet, and consummate thrift. A child of the depression filled with practicality and common sense, she proudly washed and reused plastic bags and ugs was known as one and a spare Clare for her extensive collection of a ugs ll things useful, including toilet paper roll rods. She loved jazz and big band music, trips in the motorhome with Don, the colors purple and red, coffee with cream and an apple turnover, nickel slots, and costume jewelry, though she refused to get her ears pierced because she was afraid of the needle.
A tireless volunteer, Clara contributed over 14,000 hours to the YRMC Auxiliary over 36 years, the most of anyone at the time, arranging flowers for the gift shop and crocheting baby blankets. Baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church in Missouri, she loved the good Lord and was ready to take a vacation with Him, as she told her daughter on Monday. She could not wait for a real h ugs igh five from Him, and now she is living the life she learned about with her treasured Bible study sisters.
Clara was a beloved mom, grandma, and great grandma and a wonderful playmate. She tirelessly hosted little overnight guests, baked favorite cakes, rolled hair, directed arts and crafts, read books, and tended to illnesses.
Clara is now watching over her fiercely loved family: three cherished daughters and wonderful sons in law, Su and Jim Kane of Las Vegas, NV, Diane and Darryl Checknita of Edmonton, AB, and Beth and Neil Bowman of Yuma, he ugs r eight grandchildren, Jennifer, Chris (wife Carla), Deanne (husband Trevor), Chad (wife Tara), Cory, Shanna (husband Anton), Matthew, and Kelley, four great grandchildren, Jake, Nick, Nicky, and Livia, her big sister, Betty Birchell, 90, of St. Joseph, MO, and her nephew, Rex Birchell.
She joins her husband, Donald, a former manager for APS, her parents, Fred and Helen Leonard, a railroad man and homemaker, her brother in law Larry, the rest of her extended family, and many friends.
I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears (Psalm 34:4). Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace.