Clarice S. Clouser (1921 - 2017)

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Clarice S. Clouser, age 96, was born in Richmond, Ind., in October 1921, to Noah Fernando Stegall and Florence Gail Free Stegall. She passed on to a life everlasting to join her husband, Col. Maurice L. Clouser (Ret.); brother, Eugene "Buster" Stegall; sisters, Mary Jane Stegall and Dorothy Lucille Lyle; and great-grandchild, Dustin Gates.
Clarice, also known as "Toots," grew up in Richmond, Ind. She enjoyed traveling, was active in sports and, with her love and talent for music, was involved in numerous musical performances. Clarice graduated from high school in 1940 and was awarded a Medal of Appreciation and Involvement in Music. She was also awarded a scholarship to study classical music at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio. While attending the Conservatory, her talent and education was enhanced while performing with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in various programs. Clarice also worked part-time during college at WLW Radio, where she was pleased to meet Doris Day.
"Toots" had to return home when World War ll started and married her high school sweetheart, Maurice Clouser, who was preparing himself for the European Theatre Front under Gen. Patton's 3rd Army. Her wartime efforts consisted of grinding piston rings at a factory and she worked as a Nurse's Aide through the Red Cross Medical Program.
After the war, their life, together with their six children, allowed them to travel and live in many states including Virginia, Hawaii, California, Kansas and eventually ending up in Alaska, where they made their permanent home.
Once in Alaska, they had many years enjoying their boat, The Wanderlust, in Seward. Both Clarice and Maurice traveled around the world. Clarice took many trips abroad on her own as well, sometimes traveling with her children to Europe or with her friends. She loved to travel and took every opportunity to go on a trip.
Her many hobbies and interests were needlepoint, arts and crafts, making several family quilts and singing with the Sweet Adeline's, eventually ending up at Carnegie Hall with her group. That was quite the accomplishment. She was involved with the Anchorage Women's Club and Order of the Eastern Star Chapter #8, where she and Maurice were Worthy Matron and Patron at the same time. She was Bethel Guardian for the Job's Daughters Bethel #2 for several years as well. Clarice also enjoyed her Red Hat Society ladies group that would travel together and met monthly for social luncheons.
In Alaska, Clarice worked in the retail industry for Northern Commercial Company, which later became Nordstrom's, in the Men's Department and Stallone's Men's Store. She also owned and operated The Music Box, where she provided instruments and sheet music for sale, along with music lessons.
Clarice leaves her six children, Judith A. Clouser, Bruce A. Clouser, Carlton R. Clouser and Laura G. Goggins in Anchorage, Alaska, Richard D. Clouser in Arlington, Wash., and Joyce M. Peterson in Visalia, Calif.; and adopted son, Jason P. Clouser in Reno, Nev. Clarice also leaves eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
Mom's words were, "all my children are the love of my life and my very best friends." Her children can also say that "Mom" was our best friend and our love for her has no boundaries. She was always there for us no matter what, ready to help in any way she could, her love was unconditional. Mom was always ready for a good time with family and friends - ready to party - even at 96. Every afternoon was "drinkie poo" time and we had better have it ready for her. Here's to you Mom, with all our love.
A Celebration of Life for Clarice will be held at the family home at 14100 Specking Road in Anchorage, Alaska, on Dec. 17, 2017, from 1p.m. to 5 p.m. Please stop by at your leisure to say a few words, enjoy her spirit and toast her grand life. Her family would love to share her memory with you. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the SPCA. Thank you.
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Published in Anchorage Daily News on Dec. 10, 2017