Clara Batson(1919 - 2014)

With thankfulness in her heart to God for the many years of His goodness and grace to her, Clara responded to His call ""COME"" on March 10, 2014.

""God is calling so I must go."" Clara Batson was born on Feb. 18, 1919, to parents, Hans and Inga Andersen, in Elko, Minn. She attended the rural school at Eidsvald and high school at Northfield, Minn. After graduation, she worked as a secretary/receptionist/bookkeeper in various offices in Northfield, the National Farm Loan Office and also the First National Bank in Farmington. For some time, she worked in the office of Metropolitan Life Insurance Company in Seattle, Wash.

In November 1945, she married Leo Batson who was serving in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific. They lived in Farmington where their two sons, Douglas and John, were born. In 1956, she moved with her family to Bozeman, where she was employed with the U.S. Forest Services for 12 years, retiring in 1982.

Clara's main interest was her family and serving the Lord in the church where she belonged. She served as a Sunday school teacher, organist, in ladies groups and various committees while also doing secretarial work in the church office. At the time of her death, she was a member of First Lutheran Church in Bozeman.

She is survived by her devoted husband of more than 68 years, Leo; sons, Douglas (Kathy) Batson of Bozeman, John (Nikki) Batson of Worland, Wyo.; seven grandchildren, Deann Benson, Jason Batson and Fred Batson all of Bozeman, Jessica (Joe) Armold of Kingwood, Texas, Jennifer (Chris) Simmons of Helena, Mont., Susan Batson of Humble, Texas, and Josiah Batson, of Worland, Wyo.; two step-grandchildren, Ely Madden of Hawaii and Charro Madden of Denver, Colo. She is also blessed with 11 great-grandchildren and one step-great-grandchild.

She is preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Raymond Anderson, Henry Anderson, Jens Andersen; and sister, Tina Larson.

Visitation will be held Thursday, March 14, at Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service from 5 to 7 p.m. Interment will take place at Sunset Hills Cemetery on Saturday, March 15, at 1 p.m. A memorial service will follow at First Lutheran Church at 2 p.m.

Donations may be made in Clara's name to First Lutheran Church, 22 S. Black, Bozeman, MT 59715 or to a .

Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service,

Funeral Home

Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue Bozeman, MT 59715
(406) 587-3184

Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from Mar. 12 to Mar. 14, 2014