Clare Christine Nelson, age 90 years. Born September 6, 1925,in Traverse City, Michigan, Died October 25, 2015, in Houston, Texas.
Clare was the second oldest daughter of Lawrence and Esther LaLonde. Her sisters Nancy and Alice preceded her in death. In her early years she lived in East Jordan, Michigan. Following the death of her parents, she moved to Holly, Michigan where she lived with relatives. After graduation from Holly High School in 1944, she moved to Charlevoix, Michigan where she met and married her first husband, Robert Hamilton. Frances Christine "Chris" Hamilton was born to that marriage.
Clare later worked in the Detroit area, and joined the U.S. Air Force in 1953. While stationed in Albuquerque, NM, in 1954, she met and married Gilbert Nelson. Clare and Gilbert lived in various locations, including Michigan, Colorado, Mississippi and Texas. In 1967 they finally located in Houston, Texas with their son, Lawrence, and daughter, Alice.
Clare worked as a retail clerk, and upon retirement, proudly served as a volunteer in the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), participating as Observer in numerous search and rescue missions, especially along the Gulf Coast and Rio Grande Valley. She held the rank of Lieutenant Colonel when she retired from CAP.
She was an avid bowler, participating in numerous leagues and several national championship tournaments. She has been nominated for entry into the Houston Bowling Hall Of Fame.
Throughout her life she unselfishly dedicated herself to family and friends and will be missed by all. Clare is survived by her husband of 61 years, Gilbert; daughters Chris and Alice, son, Lawrence; granddaughter Jennifer Malone, and great-granddaughters Grace, Audrey, and Margaret Malone.
Final arrangements are incomplete. Following cremation, burial will be in Houston National Cemetery.