Clara A. RAINES
October 9, 1919 ~ February 23, 2008
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Mrs. Clara Amy Raines, of Farmington, passed away Saturday afternoon, Feb. 23, 2008, at Parkland Health Center - South, Farmington, at the age of 88 years, 4 months & 14 days. Clara was born Oct. 9, 1919, in Bourbon, MO., & was the daughter of Samuel David Bohenkamp & Amy 'Sites' Bohnenkamp. Also preceding in death were: her husband, Samuel Thomas Raines (Nov. 24, 1997); 1 Sister, Mildred Statler Sellers & 3 Brothers: Earl, Marvin & Henry Bohnenkamp.
Clara was a schoolteacher and started teaching at Advance, MO., & two county schools. She taught 5th Grade at Desloge Elementary School from 1953-1977, retiring from the Desloge School District. Clara accepted Christ at an early age & was active in church work for many years. She was a member of Farmington Free Will Baptist Church. Clara loved the outdoors; liked to write poetry; enjoyed various sports and was an avid ping pong player. She participated in the Sr. Olympics in Track & Ping Pong.
Survivors Include : 2 Step-Daughters, Anne 'Mrs. Kimbal' Strangmeier, of Park Hills & Linda 'Mrs. Bruce' Nash, of Simpsonville, SC; 1 Step-Son, Sam (& Frances) Raines, of Choctaw, OK; 2 Sisters: May 'Mrs. Harry' Summers, of Willow Springs, MO & Lucy Fowler, of Pocahontas, MO; 7 Step-Grandchildren: David, Tom & Scott Raines. Teresa Winings; Kimberly Cole; Eric Nash & Cristi Gale. Also, 12 Step, Great-Grandchildren & a Special Friend, Al VonFange, of Farmington.
Visitation : Monday, 4-8 pm Visitation resumes Tuesday, 6:00 am
Funeral : Tuesday, 10:00 a.m., Feb. 26, 2008,
at : TAYLOR Funeral Service CHAPEL, with Rev. Roger Hogan officiating, assisted by Rev. Randy Rains.
Interment follows at : Bourbon Cemetery, Bourbon, MO.
Memorials : * The St. Francois County 'Relay-for-Life'
Dearest Ann, We are so sorry to read about Clara's death. She was such a sweet person. We will always have fond memories of her. David will always cherish his childhood memories. You and your family are in our prayers. All our love, David & Debbie Detring
Kim and Anne: I am so very sorry to hear about your G-ma and Mom, You are in my thoughts and prayers. If there is anything I can do just let me know. I love you both very much and I think of you as my family.
Dear Ann, Our deepest sympathies for you in your loss. I know my mother and Clara were the closest of friends. I always enjoyed talking with her at church. Our deepest regards.
My deepest sympathy on your loss and my sympathy to all who will never get to experience being a student of Mrs. Raines. What a wonderful time I had in her classroom. She was a great teacher and made it fun. I will remember her fondly.
You are in our prayers. Clara was a good friend while I taught with her at Desloge and after I retired. I always looked forward to her letters and adventures. She enjoyed life and always included something in her letters to make me smile or laugh. I will miss her in my life. She was probably one of the last of the Desloge 5th and 6th grade teachers left. Mae Cook & Angie Cooper