Clara M Clement Stephens
82, of Sylvan Springs, AL passed away December 1, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband, L.D. Clement, Jr. and two sisters. She is survived by her husband, Robert B. Stephens; son, Greg Clement (Jennifer); daughter Sherry Kidd (Ron); grandchildren, Brad Clement (Jennifer), Allison Redden (Steve), Brandon Kidd (Rachel), Josh Kidd (Katie), Garrett Kidd (Sarah); great grandchildren, Madelyn Clement, Morgan Clement, Rylie Redden, Logan Redden, Addison Grace Kidd, Spencer Jacob Kidd; eight sisters and one brother. Funeral services will be Friday, December 4, 2015 at 1:00 P.M. at Patterson-Forest Grove Funeral Home with burial in Forest Grove Memorial Gardens. Rev. Cecil Sewell officating. Vistation will be one hour prior to service time.
The last months of our Clara’s life were difficult. However, those moments do not define her as a wife, sister, mother, or friend.
One of the first jobs she ever undertook outside of her home or family farm was in a Chicago candy factory. Like Lucy in “I Love Lucy,” that was not a long term occupation. She had always sewn her own clothes and mine, and mended my Daddy’s and Greg’s. That talent led her to a backbreaking job in a pants factory and later to a job she cherished with new friends at the Wedding Company in Huntsville where she fitted and sewed wedding gowns. All the while, teaching us a strong work ethic.
However, she was a woman who valued family above all else. Her greatest joys were family reunions and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She loved to cook and passed that on to me. Even in difficult times, there was always home cooked food and fresh vegetables from our garden on the table. However, she was especially known for her desserts. Brother Armstrong, a former pastor in Huntsville, once remarked on how incredible it was that he could drop by her house for an unannounced visit, and while he was talking to the rest of the family, Clara would move quickly to her kitchen. Before his visit ended, his favorite lemon meringue pie would appear. Needless to say, his visits were frequent.
Her granddaughter Allison’s favorite dessert was sweet potato pie. Her grandsons Brandon, Garrett, and Josh were often treated with their favorite yellow cake with chocolate fudge icing, and many of you often requested her banana pudding. Her grandson Brad, however, considered her turkey and dressing HIS “dessert” of choice.
Clara loved family vacations in the mountains but most of all she loved the beach. Her husband, R.B. often seemed amazed at how much she loved to just walk on a sandy beach with her feet splashing in the waves. Those who had walked many sandy miles with her were not surprised at all.
Mother was tenacious when she set her mind on a task. Her son Greg called it stubborn, but smiled when he said it. She demonstrated her tenacity when she struggled but finally learned to use an I-Pad. She cherished the ability to easily browse through past and current family photos. Also, after many “interesting” lessons, she learned to Face Time with her great grandchildren.
There was sadness for this family when we lost Clara and our other family members. However, what joy there will be when we all celebrate our biggest homecoming of all and are reunited in His Kingdom!
Thanks to God for making Clara whole again.
Patricia Evans Cole
Love & Prayers for all the family.
Keith & Lynnette Edwards
It was always a delight to watch Aunt Clara and her siblings sharing such love and care of Grandma Wigington at family reunions. Then since Grandma went to Heaven, they have shared such a bond with each other and each others' families setting a beautiful example of God's design for families. May you find comfort in knowing she's at Peace. We will miss her sweet laughter and happiness at those special family reunions!
such a beautiful service
lovely flowers and music
praying for you to rest and start your new lives now