Clara Elaine McCormick Bold passed into the presence of her heavenly father on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, at Eagles Nest Adult Foster Care in Eagle Point, Ore.
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Clara was born May 2, 1922, to Howard J. McCormick and Christine B. (Turk) McCormick in Portland, Ore.
She grew up in Portland, where she attended elementary school and high school. During her school years, she learned to play the violin and was an avid swimmer. She always enjoyed drawing and painting. She was quite a good artist, winning scholarships for her artwork. Clara enjoyed being a campfire girl and camp counselor during summer camps. She also enjoyed spending summer vacations at her grandparents' home in Cottage Grove, Ore.
Clara attended Catlin Gable School for Girls during high school. Upon graduation, she began college at University of Oregon in Eugene, Ore., where she studied French and art. While at college, she met her future husband Ivan Bold. They were married on Feb. 14, 1943, at Clinton Kelly Methodist Church in Portland.
For the next two years, they both worked in the shipyards. She worked as a secretary and Ivan as an electrician. In 1945, they decided to move back to Ivan's hometown of Bonanza and take over his family's business. They owned the general store and a meat cutting business in Bonanza until they retired in 1989.
Besides working hard in the businesses and raising two children, Clara had many and varied hobbies. She enjoyed art, sewing, crafts, and needlework. She also enjoyed outdoor activities: camping, fishing and hunting with family and friends. She had a special interest in the genealogy of the family, collecting many keepsakes and pictures.
She was very generous with her time, especially with her children and family. She loved being a grandmother to Krikett and Luke. She enjoyed traveling to Maui to visit her son Gary. Clara was married to Ivan for 62 years.
She is survived by her son Gary Bold and his wife Jane and daughter Mary Anne Polus and her husband John, granddaughter Krikett Kirk and her husband Nate, and grandson Luke Smith.
Thank you to John and Lisa, who gave her such great care during her last months and welcomed her into their family.
Even though we say goodbye in sadness, her family is celebrating a life well lived and comforted by the knowledge that she now resides in heaven with her savior Jesus.
Clara requested no funeral service. Her ashes will be placed next to her husband Ivan at the Bonanza Cemetery in Bonanza.
Arrangements under the direction of Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home, Ashland, Ore.
Published in Herald And News on Oct. 3, 2012