Virginia Belle Lawrence Clore Ehmann Virginia Belle Lawrence Clore Ehmann was born May 19, 1924 in San Antonio, Texas to Eugenia and Theodore Lawrence and passed away peacefully January 1, 2013. She was a lifelong Texan whose personal accomplishments were surpassed only by her love and generosity to family, friends and church.
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After her graduation from Alamo Heights High School in May of 1941 she began studies at Texas A&I in Kingsville, Texas. Virginia served as Business Manager of the South Texan, the college newspaper, and enjoyed a rich friendship throughout her life with "Mr. Monty" the highly regarded Journalism professor at A&I. She met her future husband, David M. Clore, over a frog in Biology class when they were assigned as lab partners. Virginia earned a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education in 1946 (Major: English-Journalism and Minor: Social Science).
After guiding four children through their teen years, Virginia accepted a job as Secretary for the Athletic Department at The University of Texas at El Paso and later was employed by the UTEP Bookstore as a Buyer. In 1975, the real estate industry beckoned her and she became a successful agent with DeWitt and Rearick. She earned her broker's license in 1988 after moving to Austin, Texas and continued practicing in the industry until 2010. Virginia achieved many accolades and honors as both a real estate agent and a broker, including the coveted "Realtor of the Year" award.
The State of Texas found a loyal employee in Virginia for over 17 years with her service to the Texas State Senate, Texas Department of Community Affairs as well as the Texas Workforce Commission. In retirement, she enjoyed lunches with family, former work colleagues and friends along with swimming, crossword puzzles, books, old movies, local theatre, watching football, basketball and tennis, participation in family and church events, and time with her beloved rescue cat, "Ashley".
Virginia had a generous, giving spirit and donated to many charities throughout her long life. As a spiritual and religious person, Virginia was a faithful member of the Presbyterian Church contributing much of her time and resources to its many missions and programs and serving as a Deacon and an Elder. One of her favorite vacations was Thanksgiving with her family at Mo-Ranch Presbyterian Assembly.
Virginia will be deeply missed by her daughter, Christine Clore Anderson, son-in-law Bruce Warren Anderson, son, David Edward Clore, son Andrew Lawrence Clore, daughter Susan Clore Slimp, son-in-law Ron Slimp, and grandson Tyler Bruce Anderson. The family wishes to thank the Retirement and Nursing Center and Hospice for their loving care and support.
The following traditional folk song is a family favorite that Virginia sang to her children when they were young.
White Coral Bells
Upon a slender stalk
Lilies of the valley deck my garden walk
Oh, don't you wish that you might hear them ring?
That will happen only when the angels sing.
A private gathering is planned to celebrate Virginia's wonderful life. If you wish to honor her, donations may be made to Mo-Ranch Presbyterian Assembly, 2229 FM 1340, Hunt, Texas 78024-3037 or the Austin Humane Society.
Arrangements under the direction of Neptune Society 512-323-0122
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Jan. 6 to Jan. 7, 2013