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Carolyn R. (Ruth) Clinkingbeard Obituary
Carolyn Clinkingbeard


Carolyn R. (Ruth) Clinkingbeard, 89, passed on at her home in Taylors on Sunday, July 29, 2012. She was predeceased in 1975 by her husband of 33 years, James L. (Larry) Clinkingbeard of Albany, OR.

Born in Mt. Washington, MO, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Valentine Conner Sappenfield. Her lifelong love of music began with violin lessons at age 7. She also learned to play the recorder, vielle, harp and hand bells. A devoted Christian, she sang in church choirs and choral groups. As a working mother she owned and operated a baby clothing store in Chico, CA. Later she became involved with crafts including rosemaling, water colors, oils and china painting, Bunka and machine embroidery, ceramics, stained glass, lapidary, flower arranging and gourd decorating. She was an accomplished photographer. A gifted seamstress, she designed and sewed her clothes including the medieval costumes she wore as a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism. While living in South Carolina, she was a member of the Lutheran Church of Our Saviour.

She is survived by sister, Bernice Peterson and her husband Ed of Scottsburg, OR; daughter, Carol Mitchell of Bradenton, FL; son, Dale Clinbeard and his wife Bonnie of Greenville; grandsons: Barry Dean of Las Vegas, NV; Kevin Dean and his wife Mary Anne of Milwaukee, WI; Jeffrey Dean and his wife Annette of Lake Oswego, OR; granddaughter, Krista Clinbeard Good and her husband Matt of Greenville and three great granddaughters.

Services will be conducted at the Lutheran Church of Our Saviour, Greenville at 11 am, Thursday, August 2, 2012. The family will receive friends in the Parish Hall of the church following the service. The family thanks niece, Bryony Conner, and sister, Bernice Peterson who traveled from Oregon to act as caregivers; friend and neighbor, Frances Carlton; and Lutheran Hospice for their loving care. Memorials may be made to the church. Condolences may be sent to Cremation Society of South Carolina.

Published in The Greenville News on July 31, 2012
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