GREENFIELD - Rev. Anita Louise Clem, 68, of Greenfield died Thursday May 15, 2014 at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Hospital in Worcester.
The Guest Book is expired.
She was born in Richmond, CA on February 6, 1946, the daughter of James E. and Elva G. Stowe Clem.
She is survived by her daughter Jayme D. Clem and grandson Frank J. Christiana of Greenfield, MA, brother Ronald Clem and his wife Karyl, nieces and nephew, Alicia, Carren, and Scott of Kalispell, Montana, her uncle Milton E. Clem, Sr and his children Vicky, Eddie, David and their families. Anita was very close to her grandmother Nellie Milner Hazen, who was a great supporter and for whom she cared in Nantucket, MA.
Rev. Clem was a nurse in California, Oregon, Montana, and Nantucket, MA.
After retiring from nursing due to medical reasons, she went back to school and received her Bachelor's of University Studies from University of Maine, Orono and her Master's of Divinity from Bangor Theological Seminary in Bangor, ME. She was ordained into the Congregational Christian Church in 2000 in Nantucket.
Previous to attending seminary, Rev. Clem was a Lay Minister at the First Congregational Church on Nantucket, MA. She (Anita) then served as a Congregational Christian Minister at Kenduskeag Union Church in Kenduskeag, ME until her health required her to retire.
She had a great sense of humor and a beautiful voice. She loved singing and music, and arranged gospel concerts on Nantucket for many consecutive years. In her last years she sat on the Resident Council at Poet Seat Nursing Home. Rev. Clem was always cheerful and an inspiration to all those who knew her, despite years of health struggles.
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skin in broadside thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming 'Wow! What a ride!'" - Hunter S. Thompson.
To our mother/grandmother, sister/aunt, and forever friend: You lived life to the fullest, What a Ride! You inspire us all.
A celebration of life will be held Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 10 a.m. at the Faith Baptist Church, Silver Street, Greenfield. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.
There will be no calling hours.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Poet's Seat Health Care Center Activities Fund, 329 High Street, Greenfield, MA 01301.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Kostanski Funeral Home.
Sympathy message available at www.kostanskifuneralhome.com.
Kostanski Funeral Home
220 Federal Street
Greenfield, MA 01301
Published in The Recorder on May 19, 2014