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Adelaide Denise Smith Clary Brown

Adelaide Denise Smith Clary Brown

Adelaide, better known as "Addie" passed away peacefully at her home in Ashland on November 30, 2006 surrounded by her loving family.

Adelaide Denise Smith was born June 24, 1910, in Woodburn, Ore., to Harry C. and Alma Bouchard Smith, the oldest of six siblings. She graduated from Ashland High School in 1927 and then attended Southern Oregon Normal School.

She met James Ray Clary, who was a mail carrier and they married July 15, 1928 in Ashland, Ore., and welcomed three daughters, Alma Jean, Sandra Lea and Marsha Denise.

Addie went to work at the Ration Board in 1942 during WWII, and then worked for 27 years at Jim Busch Ford Sales.

Ray built their home in Ashland, which is still standing above Lithia Park. Their home and "Clary's Draw" has served as a gathering place for all the family throughout the years. Addie and Ray enjoyed many retirement years traveling with friends in their RV's. She enjoyed bowling, crafts, Bridge club, photography, traveling and spending time with her family. She enjoyed sewing for her three daughters and two younger sisters.

They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversay in 1978. Ray passed away a few years later in 1982.

Addie married Ross K. Brown November 11, 1989. He preceded her in death in 1999.

Addie always said that she never met a stranger, and that she enjoyed entertaining friends and family around her kitchen table. Addie was a long time member of of the First United Methodist Church in Ashland, Soroptomist Club, Guardian of Job's Daughter's, Bethel #22, a Tribal member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of Montana and was honored in 2003 as a 75 year member of the Order of the Eastern Star Alpha Chapter #1 where she was a Past Worthy Matron.

Addie lived in her house on the hill in Ashland until a few years ago when she moved to Mountain View Retirement Center in Ashland. Many of her friends and aquaintances were already there. Due to a fall, she was moved home, which was where she always wanted to be.

Addie is survived by her two sisters, Fern Backholm and Betty McMullen; her three daughters and their families, Jean Burleson, Sandra and Chet Rapp, and Marsha Farrow; eight grandchildren, Lyn & John Naillon, Harry Burleson, Jeri & Mike Corbett, Becky & Mike Lindgren, Charlie & Tamara Taylor, Libby & Jeff Watson, Sabrina Ferte and Jason Ferte; 14 great-grandchildren, Ian & Darcie Hunter, Jeremy & Katie Hunter, Adam Lindgren, Kimmie Denney, Tawnie, Cody and Clinton Taylor, Azhia Taylor, Melissa and Stephanie Baker, Kati and Hailey Corbett, Jessie and Aaron Burleson; and six great-great-grandchildren, Katelyn and Kayla Denney, Vincent and Colette Hunter, Caleb Taylor and Emma Hunter.

In addition to two husbands, she was also preceded by her three brothers, Bill, Dr. Harry Jr., and Gale Smith; and her granddaughter, Adrienne Ferte.

A Celebration of Life memorial will be held on December 7, 2006 at First United Methodist Church, Wesley Hall on Laurel St. in Ashland at 4:00 p.m.

Adelaide Denise Smith Clary Brown