CLARA BELLE (
Clara B. Reese passed away peacefully July 13, 2007 with her loving family beside her. She was blessed with a long and healthy life. She attributed her longevity and good health to having been given the blessings of God and having been touched by angels combined with moderation in all things and adherence to the 5th chapter of Matthew. Mom prayed every day for others and for herself asking for the strength to persevere over adversity and then, only if it was God’s will.
Clara was born
Clara was never too busy to take time out of her day for others. Her door was always open to those who came to chat, whether it was about religion, world affairs or simply if one whished to have a non judgmental ear to listen to what may have been troubling them. As children we can remember our home being the gathering place for everyone in the neighborhood. Clara was a surrogate mother to many of the kids in the area, dispensing guidance, knowledge, food and love to all.
Clara was preceded in death by her husband of forty four years, Robert, and all of her brothers and sisters. She leaves to cherish her memory her five children, son Robert Jr. (Phenon) of Akron, son Richard (Charmaine) of Norton, daughter Cheryl (John) Stegall of Akron, her loving and devoted daughter and caregiver Becky, and her son James, also of Akron. She leaves ten grandchildren, Robert, Michael, Richard, Eric, Christine, John, Meredith, Laura, John, Janet, fourteen great grandchildren, sister in-law Ruth Reese, and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
The family extends a special thanks to the staff of
Calling hours will be held on Thursday July 19th from to at Stewart Calhoun Funeral Home,
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St.
Bernard Church Memorial Trust Fund, or your favorite charity or St. Bernard
This is a linoleum block print of Mom's Dad George. He was dozing at home when she drew this picture in 1934.
A watercolor titled LIZA from 1937.
A pencil sketch of Occoviena
An untitled water color from 1936. I call it Night Views.