Claire Anchick loved the river. As the mighty Rogue runs through the heart of the Rogue Valley, so too has the life of Claire Anchick swept softly through the hearts of all who knew her.
The tributary of her life began in Denver, Colo., 66 years ago. She grew up in a melded family surrounded by loving parents as they lived in places like Kingsville, Texas, Winsfield, Kans., and Albany, Calif., where they were living when she graduated from high school. Growing up, Claire attended 13 different schools.
At age 19, she spent a year traveling the world before she met and married Jack and started a family. Their 46 years together we exemplified in the word, together. A union such as theirs is an inspiration and great example of what love truly is. Claire was so proud of her sons, John and Troy and for their service to this country in the Navy. Her daughter-in-law, Tami Rupp-Anchick, filled her heart with joy. Her eyes lit up when she talked of her two grandchildren, Connor and Logan. They were the delight of her life.
While living in Ashland she opened up a storefront, Hot Dog Restaurant, that also served sushi and a variety of sandwiches. The entire family worked at the business. She loved Ashland, but the call of the river was too great and they moved to their home on the banks of the Rogue River, near Gold Hill. She needed to be near the water.
Claire and Jack owned and operated Town and Country Cleaners, which is known for excellent customer service and the catchy tagline, Got Your Purple Bag? She was an active member in the Ashland, Talent, Phoenix, Medford and Upper Rogue Chambers of Commerce. She was also tirelessly involved in the local Soroptimist International of Medford, using her special expertise and management skills to advance the status of women and make the world a better place.
Claire had a heart for the business community and believed that everybody in one way or another needed to give back to their community. It is that legacy of service and community involvement that will live on in the lives of all she influenced.
A celebration of Claire's life will be at the First United Methodist Church, 175 N. Main St., Ashland, at 2:00 p.m., on June 26, 2010.
It is Claire's wish that any memorial gifts be made to The Camelot Theater Company, P.O. Box 780, Talent, OR.
Yes, Claire Anchick loved the river.
Let us cross the river and rest under the shade of the trees.
General Stonewall Jackson's last words, May 10, 1863