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Erma Clara Conant

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Erma Clara Conant Obituary
On Christmas morning, December 25th, Erma Clara Conant passed away peacefully in Ukiah, California. March 2016, she celebrated her 100th birthday. Mrs. Conant was born March 8, 1916 in Fort Morgan, Colorado to her parents Henry and Catherine Beideck. She graduated from the University of Denver with a degree in business. She later obtained teaching credentials in business education, English and Library Science. In 1938, she married her childhood sweetheart, Clarence Chester Conant, Jr. The couple lived in Englewood, Colorado until settling in Monterey County where she began her teaching career. A son, Charles Christopher Conant was born in 1946. Chester and Erma moved to Mendocino County in 1950 and she later accepted a teaching position for Willits Unified School District. A beloved and respected educator, Erma's journey began in 1959 at Willits High School and continued until her retirement in 1987 at 71 years young. Through collaboration with administration, she was a driving force in securing a grant from the State of California to build an innovative Willits High School media center and library. With her vision, commitment and tireless energy, this facility would nurture literacy and research supports for students and faculty for years to come. Throughout her life in Willits, Erma valued community and she supported various organizations. As a life-long learner, she was an avid reader, a weekly bridge player and delighted in discovering new crafts. She continued to educate herself by taking courses and exploring learning opportunities throughout her life and retirement years. Most of all, she enjoyed discovering the world through travel and she appreciated the diversity of the world around her. Her kitchen was always alive with good food and friends. She was a marvelous cook and loved sharing recipes. To quote from one of her honors, "Her enthusiasm for life and vision has enriched all of us." She was truly wonderful.
Erma is preceded in death by her husband, Clarence; her son, Charles (Chris) and her sister, Lucy. She is survived by her nephew, Donald Conant; great-niece, Alana Conant; niece, Tina Kunzweiler and great nephew, Matthew Kunzweiler. She is also survived by her dear friends, Gary, Diana, Jennifer Mann and Molly and Katelyn Snider. At Erma's request, there will be no services. If desired, contributions can be made in her name to a an organization that supports literacy or the arts.
Published in Willits News from Jan. 4 to Feb. 3, 2017
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