Morris, Clare Elizabeth
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20, of Colorado Springs passed away on May 27, 2011. "Clare Bear" was born to Robert and Angela Morris in Colorado Springs. She attended Madison Elementary School, Irving Middle School, and Mitchell High School. She was an accomplished clarinet player, played saxophone, was on the MHS Swim Team, and was a Girl Scout for 11 years. Always wanting to make her own way, Clare took on a couple of food-service jobs as soon as she got her driver's license before finding her niche in retail. She worked in the women's shoes and fine jewelry departments at JC Penney in the Springs and in Tempe, AZ. Her joyful personality and ability to make others feel good about themselves made her an exceptional sales employee. In fact, Clare was just selected for yet another customer service award her last week at work. Upon graduation from high school, Clare embarked on her college journey in Justice Studies at Arizona State University. She was also pursuing minors in Women's Studies and World Health, along with a certificate in Religious Studies. She was scheduled to graduate from ASU in 2012 and planned to go to Law School. She was absorbing as much knowledge as she could and was extremely concerned about people around the world and that justice was available to all. Clare volunteered with the ASU Student Alumni Association and provided many hours of service to programs including Invisible Children, a movement seeking to end the conflict in Uganda and to stop the abduction of children for use as child soldiers. She also volunteered with Project Connect, an initiative of Lutheran seminaries; and Hayman Fire Relief, which helps victims of a huge forest fire northwest of Colorado Springs in 2002 caused by arson. Clare changed the lives of all of us. She impacted everyone she came in contact with. She carried a spirit of adventure and vibrancy that each person in her life, each person she met, was immediately drawn to and then couldn't help but become a part of her "in the moment," bigger- than-life world. All of the words spoken about Clare - used to describe her - bubbly, confident, effervescent, unafraid, genuine, remarkably gifted - all of these and so many more, are not merely superlatives. Clare was all of this - is all of this - and more. Judging no one, she was infectious and loved others beyond words. Clare was life personified. Clare is survived by her parents and brother Treye. A Celebration of Life for Clare will be held at Holy Apostles Catholic Church in Colorado Springs, CO, Wednesday, June 22 at 11:00 am. Allen Funeral Home & Arizona Cremation - Mesa. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in memory of Clare Morris to the Alumni Association Legacy Scholarship at the ASU Foundation, 300 E. University Drive, Tempe, AZ 85281-2033.
Published in The Arizona Republic on June 12, 2011