Clara Stanley, 88, died Saturday, June 21, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Village in Albuquerque, NM.
Clara BeEtta Wolff, daughter of Louise (Seidel) and Edd C. Wolff, was born October 17, 1925 in Meadow, SD. She had six sisters and seven brothers in her family. She grew up near Onaka and Tolstoy and graduated from Hoven High School in 1942. She began her teaching career in a one room schoolhouse at age 17 and attended Northern State Teachers College in Aberdeen during the summers to complete her teaching certification. She loved teaching children and those with learning difficulties held a special place in her heart.
Clara married Donald Moore on June 11, 1947 in Aberdeen. She took time off from teaching to care for their four young children – Marcia, Margaret, Donetta and Donald. She continued her teaching career later and taught in the Tolstoy, Lebanon and Hoven elementary schools. Clara retired after a long teaching career and moved to Redfield where she lived for a few years near Donetta and her family. In 2000 she moved to Sioux Falls with her son, Donald, and helped raise her youngest grandchild, Hailey, for 11 years. Clara spent her last years in Albuquerque NM with her daughters.
Clara’s entire life revolved around her love for her family. She enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, crafts and watching all sporting events including Nascar racing. She loved baking everyone’s favorite sweets but she enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren more than anything. She had a great sense of humor and took advantage of any opportunity to tease her loved ones.
She is survived by her four children – Marcia (Bob) Knowles of Albuquerque NM, Margaret (Tony) Hernandez of Albuquerque NM, Donetta Russell of Albuquerque NM and Don Moore of Sioux Falls SD; 7 grandchildren – Michele, Marco, Rhet, Troy, Chris, Carrie and Hailey; 15 great grandchildren and her brother Adolph Wolff of Denver CO and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.
Clara was preceded in death by her parents Edd and Louise Wolff, husbands Donald Moore and Jim Stanley, siblings Evelyn, Carl, David, Reinholdt, Katherine, Esther, Edward, Lillian, Lucille, Clifford, Robert and Shirley.
There will be a private memorial service for the family.