Clara Ellen Isenhart Clara Isenhart passed away peacefully on Jan. 24, 2016 in Bellingham at the age of 91. She was born on Oct. 20, 1924 in Paoli, Colo to Oscar and Olive Lohn. Her brothers were Oscar Jr. born in Oct 1923 and Glenn born in 1927. She graduated from Haxtum High in Colo in 1942 and went to work for the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad. She was a telegraph operator at the Bridgeport NE switching station. After the war was over she attended Denver University and that is where she met future husband James E. Isenhart Jr. They were married on Aug. 24th, 1947 and both graduated from DU in Aug. of 1948 with degrees in Business Administration To this union was born 3 sons and one daughter. Steve in 1948, Ken in 1950, Wes in 1952 and daughter Barbra in 1954. The family lived in Lakewood Colo for many years when the kids were growing up. In 1975 Clara and Jim moved to Whatcom County. In 2004 Clara moved to W. 2nd in Everson. She was a long time member of the Garden St. & Nooksack United Methodist Church She enjoyed spending time with Family and friends. Clara was proceeded in death by mother Olive, father Oscar, Brothers Oscar Jr, & Glenn, and husband James. She is survived by Children: Steve (Sharon), Ken (Marsha), Wes (Linda) and Barb (John) Archuleta; Grandchildren Scott (Anne), Jeff (Wendy), Becky (Kristian) Peterson, Derek, Lily (Andrew) Vagelatos, Nick and Eric; and Great Grandchildren, Justice, Sarah, Emily, James and Kate. Thanks Mom for the example you set for all of us and the multitude of blessing and benefits that have flowed from you to family and friends for 91 years. A memorial service will be held at the Former Nooksack Valley United Methodist Church at 203 E. Lincoln, Nooksack, WA on Jan. 29th, 2016 at 6:00PM with a reception to follow. Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice House in her name and sent to 2800 Douglas Ave., Bellingham, Wash.
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Published in Bellingham Herald on Jan. 27, 2016