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ELAINE CLAWSON GEAR
1937 ~ 2014
"Elaine was a loving, caring woman
who was truly kind and gentle."
Our beautiful Mother, Wife, Grandmother, Great- Grandmother and Friend passed away peacefully on March 13th, 2014 from Alzheimer's related causes. Dorothy Elaine Clawson was born on September 29, 1937, to Jack and Dorthea Clawson in Lincoln, Nebraska. After several moves, with her father's Air Force assignments, the family settled in Vancouver, Washington in 1947. Elaine and her sister Beverly were active in the First Congregational Church youth group and Girl Scouts. Elaine graduated from Vancouver High School in 1955, and attended Clark College.
We are reminded of Elaine's view of the world by the passage from a book called "The Blessings of Beauty" by Graham Porter ~
"Without beauty as our guide, we can mistake the art of
having for the art of living, only to discover that when our shades are drawn and our lights are out, we lack the riches
of inner content. Without beauty as our friend, we cannot
fully develop our capacities for sensing, learning, aspiring -
for Loving and being worthy of Love in return."
Elaine was loved by all who knew her and will be missed greatly as she has been described by many family, friends and acquaintances as an Angel on Earth and a Great Lady.
Elaine is survived by her husband, Edward R. Gear; three daughters, Debi Vodvarka (Dan), Cari Garrigus, and Jody Shaner (Charles); her sister, Bev Boydstun (Ken); eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, and her beloved dog, Max.
She was preceded in death by grandson, Kyle Garrigus.
A private family service will be held at the First Congregational Church in Eugene, OR. A public Celebration of Life will be held at Valley River Inn in Eugene, on April 13th, 2014 from 1 - 4 p.m.
Arrangements will be handled by Musgrove Mortuary.
In lieu of flowers, Elaine's wishes would be for donations to be made to the
, Sacred Heart Hospice, or the Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation.
Online condolences may be made at:
www.musgroves.com and www.columbian.com/obits.
Musgrove Family Mortuary
1152 Olive Street Eugene, OR 97401
Published in The Columbian on Mar. 23, 2014