On May 14, 2021 our precious mom passed away peacefully with her loving lord’s arms wrapped around her; surrounded by her family after complications from her cancer surgery.
Clara was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland at St. Claire’s Hospital on May 7, 1943 to Everall and Violet Miller (Grouchy), Clara was 78 years old.
She arrived in America on a ship with her mother, her father was a serviceman. They lived in several states and then made their home in Anaconda, MT.
Clara married Norris Anderson in 1961 and gave birth to two beautiful daughters, Debra Ann and Leah Marie. They later divorced in 1968 and remained friends.
She married Jim Pearson in 1971 in Reno, NV and together they owned/managed Jim & Clara’s Dining and Lounge from 1971 to 1992, they later divorced in 1993 and remained friends.
In 1998 Clara started a relationship/companionship with Charles “Charlie” Dowd and continued until her passing.
Clara has left behind such a legacy with her family, friends, and acquaintances. She loved her family so much and did not want to miss anything. She was so giving and caring, she would help anyone, no matter what she was going through. She was always someone to call for support and to confide in without judgement.
Clara had strong love and faith for her family and church. She truly enjoyed spending quality time outdoors and traveling with her companion Charlie.
Clara enjoyed dancing, baking, shuffleboard, billiards, fishing.
Most of all, she loved gathering with her family and socializing with her friends and her Red Hat ladies and Breakfast Club. Her favorite time of year besides Christmas was Halloween. She loved dressing up for the contests at the Metcalf Center and was proud to say that she won 5 years in a row. She especially loved showering her family and friends in town with her delicious baked cookies and fudge.
Clara is survived by her companion of 24 years Charles Dowd, daughers Debbie (Dan) Wyant and Leah (Bill) Larsen, her sister June Lague, and brothers Erman (Jean) Miller, Tim (Van) Miller and numerous nieces and nephews, and sons-in-law Chuck (Susan) Dowd Jr. and Justin (Becki) Dowd.
Grandchildren; Chad (Kara) Wyant, Amanda Wyant, Danny Wyant, Tiffany (Lance) Henderson, Ryan (Kayla) Wyant-Newman, Chance Standish, Chelsey (Riley) Wyant-Outland and Harlea Standish.
Great grandchildren; Aiyanna and Aiysha Wyant, Saleena, Keira, Zachary and Glenn Henderson, Klayden, Caylee and Klyde Wyant, Lucia Wyant and Jacob Outland.
She is preceded in death by her parents Everall and Violet Miller, twin sister Mary Elizabeth Miller, Lovina Anderson, Norris Anderson, Fred Lague, and her beloved Pomeranian Elvis.
Clara has left behind her best friend Dee Cron and many more friends, too many to mention. She will be greatly missed by everyone. She has touched many lives.
A service celebrating her life will be held at 11 AM on Thursday, May 27, 2021, at Grace Baptist Church, 501 Cedar St, Anaconda, MT.
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Axelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been privileged to care for Clara and her family.