Clara Marie (Reinschmiedt) Ross

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Funeral services for Clara Marie (Reinschmiedt) Ross, age 83, of Clinton were held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Peace Lutheran Church of Bessie, Oklahoma. Officiated by Rob Spicer and burial followed in the Peace Lutheran Cemetery under the direction of the Kiesau-Lee Funeral Home. Ross died early Monday morning, July 7, 2014, at Integris Clinton Regional Hospital after a brief illness. She was born on May 19, 1931, the daughter of Wilhelm "Bill" and Pauline (Wohl) Reinschmiedt. She grew up in Bessie and graduated from Clinton High School in 1949. She married her high school sweetheart and love of her life, Clair L. Ross, on April 9, 1950, at Peace Lutheran Church of Bessie. Clara had worked for TG&Y in Clinton at an early age. In 1962 Clara and Clair moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico where they lived until his death in August of 2003. At that time she returned to Clinton. While in Las Cruces, Clara worked as the Purchasing Agent for the New Mexico State University Bookstore until her retirement in 1996. Clara was a member of the Peace Lutheran Church of Bessie and was a longtime member of the Peace Lutheran Church in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Clara loved the NMSU Aggies Basketball team and always loved hearing from Clinton on how the Red Tornadoes football games turned out. She loved watching sports on TV and spending time with family. Known affectionately by her nieces and nephews as "Aunt Curly" she always had a beautiful smile and a twinkle in her green eyes. Clara was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, her parents, brothers John and his wife Lillian Reinschmiedt, Ruben Reinschmiedt and Donald Reinschmiedt. Sisters Rosa Reinschmiedt Ross and Edna Reinschmiedt Howard, brother-in-law Paul Dick and a nephew Mike Howard. Her survivors include sisters, Vera Dick of Oklahoma City, Gladys and her husband Dwayne of Cordell, Lillian and her husband John Neuman of Northridge, California, double brother-in-law Cork Ross, and sister-in-law Juanita Reinschmiedt both of Clinton, brother-in-law Don Howard of Cordell and sister-in-law Ynez Reinschmiedt of Los Angeles, California. double niece and nephew Marsha Ross Moore of Arapaho and Mark Ross of Allen, Texas, nieces Karen McGurk of Little Rock, Arkansas, Pamela Reichert, El Reno, Oklahoma, Debbie Gudgel, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Linda Nimmo, Weatherford, Oklahoma, Michelle and Shari Reinschmiedt of Los Angeles, California. Nephews Larry Reinschmiedt, Clinton, Oklahoma, Curtis Dick, Winfield, Kansas, Glen Dick, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Doyle Dick, Greenville, Texas, Keith Howard, Palm Springs, California, Kirk Pankratz, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Steve Pankratz, Yukon, Oklahoma, Scott Reinschmiedt of Leland, North Carolina, Donnie and Rick Reinschmiedt all of Los Angeles, California. Along with numerous great nieces and nephews. Memorials can be made to the Peace Lutheran Church Memorial Pavilion Fund of Bessie or to the charity of your choice.
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