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  • Clara Elaine McCormick Bold

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  • Clara passed into the presence of her heavenly Father Thursday, September 20, 2012, at Eagle's Nest Adult Foster Care in Eagle Point, Ore. Clara was born May 2, 1922, to Howard J. McCormick and Christine B. (Turk) McCormick in Portland, Ore.
    Clara grew up in Portland where she attended elementary and high school. During her school years she learned to play the violin and was an avid swimmer. She always enjoyed drawing and painting. She was quite a good artist winning scholarships for her art work. Clara enjoyed being a Campfire girl and camp counselor during summer camps. She also enjoyed spending summer vacations at her grandparents' home in Cottage Grove.
    Clara attended Catlin Gable School for Girls during high school. Upon graduation she began college at University of Oregon in Eugene, Ore. There she studied French and art. While at college she met her future husband, Ivan Bold. They were married February 14, 1943, at Clinton Kelly Methodist Church in Portland, Ore.
    For the next two years they both worked in the shipyards. She worked as a secretary and Ivan as an electrician. In 1945, they decided to move back to Ivan's hometown of Bonanza and take over his family's business. They owned the general store and a meat-cutting business in Bonanza until 1989, when they retired.
    Besides working hard in the businesses and raising two children Clara had many and varied hobbies. She enjoyed art, sewing, crafts, and needlework. She enjoyed outdoor activities: camping, fishing, and hunting with family and friends. She had a special interest in the genealogy of the family, collecting many keepsakes and pictures.
    She was very generous with her time, especially with her children and family. She loved being a Grandmother to Krikett and Luke. She enjoyed traveling to Maui to visit her son, Gary. Clara was married to Ivan for 62 years.
    Clara is survived by her son, Gary Bold and his wife, Jane and daughter, Mary Anne Polus and her husband, John; granddaughter, Krikett Kirk and her husband, Nate; and grandson Luke Smith.
    Thank you to John and Lisa who gave her such great care during her last months and welcomed her into their family.
    Even though we say good-bye in sadness, her family is celebrating a life well-lived and comforted by the knowledge that she now resides in Heaven with her savior, Jesus. Clara requested no funeral service. Her ashes will be placed next to her husband, Ivan, at the Bonanza Cemetery, Bonanza, Ore. Arrangements under the direction of LitwillerSimonsen Funeral Home, Ashland, Oregon.
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