Clara Elizabeth Thompson died suddenly Feb. 6 in Ottawa at the Ottawa Heart Institute. She was 64.
She was born April 24, 1941 in Mountain to John and Elizabeth Milne (formerly Beggs).
She was married to Don Thompson on May 18, 1966, and lived outside Kemptville until the time of her death.
Clara began her working career at Ottawa Hydro and then transferred to Ontario Hydro in Winchester where she remained until she started her family. She then committed the next 25 years of her life to raising her family on the farm. In later years, she worked at the Kemptville Medical Centre until she retired.
Clara is survived by her husband Don and her three sons; Howie (Maura) of Dorchester, Hugh of Kemptville, and Hal (Shannon) of Kemptville. She was a loving grandmother of Sophie and Ben. She is also survived by her sisters Audrey Gibson of Mountain and Marion Fawcett of Inkerman, and her brother Brian (Alice) Milne of Prescott, and by her sisters-in-law Muriel (Oscar) Milne of Mountain, and Margaret (Gerald) Milne of Ottawa. There are also many exceptional nieces, nephews, and extended family that will miss her greatly.
She was predeceased by her brothers Oscar (Muriel), Jack, and Gerald (Margaret), and her sister Dorothy (Norman) Gibson. She was also predeceased by her brothers-in-law Bill (Audrey) Gibson and Gord (Marion) Fawcett.
Clara was a very cheerful and optimistic person who always met you with a smile. Clara enjoyed her home and her large garden, especially her flowers, but her greatest love was for her grandchildren. Clara loved to travel and saw much of Canada over her lifetime. Over and above caring for her family, Clara was very involved in the community. She spent over 30 years of her life volunteering her time to Minor Hockey for the children of our community. In recognition of her contributions to the community, she was paid tribute by an Honor Guard at her funeral by the Kemptville District Fire Department and a special tribute by the Kemptville 73’s Hockey Club.
In the spirit of her caring and generous ways, Clara will continue to live on through her gift of organ donation.
Family and friends called at the Grant Brown Funeral Home in Kemptville on Feb. 8. The funeral was held at St. Andrews United Church in Heckston, Ontario on Feb. 9, with Rev. Blair Paterson, officiating.
The pallbearers were Austin Payne, Jim Eager, Carl Norton, Dalton Gilmer, Clarence Snyder, and Doug Fawcett.
Memorial donations were directed to Kemptville Hospital Foundation, Heart and Stroke Foundation and Heckston United Church.