Clare Abel
1955 - 2019
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Clare Abel

Phoenix - Clare Hollie Abel, age 64, passed away at her home in Phoenix, surrounded by her family on November 4, 2019. She was a Valentine baby, born on February 14, 1955 to Laura Lee and Wallace Abel. She is survived by her beloved husband of 35 years, Richard Bowman; her children, Ty (Shama), Hollie, and Casey; and her sisters, Victoria and Stacey (Jim). Clare grew up in Pennsylvania but graduated from Texas Tech University. Her passion for writing and helping people led her to pursue a Juris Doctorate. She was a graduate of the Arizona State University law school, passed the bar in 1981 and began her 35-year legal career thereafter. Clare was a trailblazer for women in the law. She joined Burch and Cracchiolo, P.A. in 1984. She was recognized as an expert in her practice area and earned many distinctions in her career. She was also very proud of her work as part of the Junior League of Phoenix. While handling a successful career, she also devoted herself to her family. She rarely, if ever missed one of her children's athletic events. Her compassionate and loving nature also led her to take on the role of a caretaker when presented with the challenge. Through her battle with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, her tenacious, courageous, and unyielding personality persisted. Even on lower-energy days, she was able to muster her favorite words, "I love you". A Memorial Service will be held Friday, November 15, 2019 at 4 PM at All Saints Episcopal Church. Please visit for memories and condolences.

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Published in The Arizona Republic from Nov. 11 to Nov. 13, 2019.
Memorial service
04:00 PM
All Saints Episcopal Church
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December 5, 2019
I am deeply saddened to learn of Clare's passing. She was an outstanding lawyer and a great person. My thoughts and prayers are with her family
Steve Kemp
November 16, 2019
With my deepest condolences in this time of such great loss of Clare
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Penny S
November 15, 2019
I am saddened to learn of Clare's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with Rich and the family. I have many happy memories of Clare and Mike Carroll in their early days at Burch & Cracchiolo. Sincerely, Lynne Carroll
Lynne Carroll
November 14, 2019
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November 14, 2019
Clare was a fine attorney and a compassionate professional. She and Rich were a wonderful couple who were cherished by family and friends. RIP, Clare.

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November 14, 2019
Clare will be missed. The whole family lived to help others. She was a great mom and wife and raised some pretty awesome kids. Rich took excellent care of her and he deserves the comfort that we know his dedication to Clare even in his time of sickness.
Sue Sylvester
November 13, 2019
I am shocked and very saddened to see this. My thoughts and prayers are with Rich and the family!!! I worked for Rich and Clare as a nanny for Ty when he was young. Through the years after I left I would run into Clare at the store or at a kids sporting event and she oftened offered me a job helping with the kids. I have wonderful memories of my time with the Bowman family and once again am very sad of Clare's passing.
Amy Scott
November 11, 2019
My condolences are extended as you mourn the loss of your dear loved one. May you find comfort and strength to cope during this trying time. (Psalm 90:10)
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