Obituary: Barbara R. Clawson
Barbara R. Clawson, 91, of Prescott Valley, Arizona, formerly of Peoria, Illinois, passed away Dec. 5, 2018, at Granite Creek Nursing Home, Prescott, Arizona. She was born Oct. 6, 1927, in Roseville, Illinois, to Jessie and Louis Rodgers. She married Keith Clawson on Dec. 19, 1971. He preceded her in death Sept. 17, 2018.
She was also preceded in death by brothers, Kenneth Rodgers, Wayne Rodgers, and Paul Rodgers; and sisters, Betty Butcher and Eleanor Button; her parents, Louis and Jessie Rodgers; infant son, Edward S. Pettit; and daughter-in-law, Valerie Clawson, wife of Gary Clawson. She married Howard D. Pettit on Dec. 27, 1946, and he preceded her in death.
Barbara Clawson’s survivors are a daughter, Kathy, (Denny) Johnson; stepsons, Gary Clawson and Ron Clawson (Sandra); granddaughters, Angela (Mike) Penny, Jessica (Lauren) Johnson, Vickie Clawson, Valarie Forshee, and Lynn Marie Mulvaney; great-grandchildren, Austin, Logan and Braxton Forshee; Brooklynne Penny, Stela and Paisyn Johnson, and Weston.
Barbara graduated from Roseville High School in 1945. She received her B.S. in Education degree from Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois, in 1960. In 1964 she received her M.S. degree from Illinois State University. She taught special education children in Normal, Illinois, Peoria, Illinois, and Oahu, Hawaii. Over her lifetime, she attended Christian churches in Roseville and Peoria, Illinois, Hawaii, and Prescott Valley, Arizona. She dedicated her life to teaching children and helping young adults obtain their GED’s.
Also she taught Sunday school and women’s groups wherever they lived. During her life, she enjoyed reading, walking, swimming and other sports. She crocheted many beautiful doilies, and even created The Last Supper, which now hangs in Creve Couer Christian Church in Illinois and Prescott Valley Christian Church. Her other interests were working word search puzzles, which helped to keep her mind sharp.
During their 46 years of marriage, they toured the world over. Sharing Jesus with all her friends and family was “who she was.” She was loved and will be missed by all. She held Keith’s hand as he passed into heaven. She went to sleep peacefully and woke up in heaven.
A Dual Memorial Service for both Barbara and her husband, Keith, will be determined. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Sunrise Funeral Home.
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