Lorene Hundley Clary, 90, of Hillsville, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday Nov. 27, 2013. She was born April 14, 1923 in Figsboro, in Henry County, the seventh of seven children. She was preceded in death by her husband Timothy Willard Clary, Sr. and her parents Mary Caroline Jamison Hundley and Dudley Marshall Hundley, and siblings Gladys, Charlie, Lynwood, Marshall and Flois. Her surviving family includes sister Imogene Lingo of Baltimore, Maryland, children: Diane and Thomas Whitehead of Blacksburg; Timothy, II and Peggy Clary of Mt Crawford; Harold and Kelli Clary of Huddleston; Connie and Steven Akers of Athens, TN; Richard Clary and his friend Paula Melton of Hillsville; Michael and Jane Clary of Blacksburg; and Ronald and Delia Clary of Roanoke; three foster children: Tim and Donna Costigan of Concord, NC, Phillip Bland of Christiansburg, and Billy Woods of San Antonio, TX; 12 grandchildren, including Will and Grey Clary, and 3 great grandchildren as well as many special nieces and nephews. She moved with her family to Martinsville as a young girl, where she graduated from Martinsville High School. After graduation, she moved to Norfolk, where she worked as a secretary for the Navy and also volunteered in the Aircraft Warning Corps during World War II. There she met her husband Timothy Willard Clary, Sr., to whom she was married for 59 years. They moved to Galax, and then to Hillsville, in 1949, where they owned and operated Hillsville Cleaners for more than 40 years. Lorene also ran Claryâ€™s Clean Center for several years. She was well known as an avid â€œAvon Ladyâ€ until her death. She had a deep love for gardening, with roses and all flowering plants her specialty; she loved arranging her flowers, and sharing her plants with everyone. She was a skilled bridge player, introducing the game to many people in Hillsville and beyond. She loved to cook for family and friends, and was well known for her delicious cornbread. She always attended every event including graduations, weddings, et al. involving her children and grandchildren. Her first love was her family and her friends, making herself available to help with their needs and to provide companionship. She was an inspiration to all who knew her, but most of all her children, all college graduates. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Hillsville for over 60 years. A memorial service celebrating her life will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Hillsville in the sanctuary. A reception will be held in the fellowship hall following the service. The public is invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to The First Baptist Church of Hillsville or the Timothy W. Clary, Sr. Scholarship Fund for Carroll County High School graduates at Carter Bank & Trust. A guestbook is available online at www.vaughanguynnandmcgrady.com. Vaughan-Guynn-McGrady Chapel is serving the family.
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Published in Bedford Bulletin from Dec. 4 to Dec. 5, 2013