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Clara Ellen Clanin

Clara Ellen Clanin 96 of Pekin, passed away at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 25. She was born April 13, 1923 in Pekin to Arthur and Blanche(Hocker)Mann. They preceded her in death. She married Phillip Edward Clanin on April 13, 1946 in Pekin. He also preceded her in death on May 1984. She was also preceded in death by one son, Roger Lee Clanin; one daughter, Kristie Rae (Clanin) Noah; and one grandson, Phillip Don Noah; four sisters and two brothers. Clara is survived by four daughters; Linda(Jim) Lawson of St. Charles, Mo.; Kathie (David) Roate of Versailles; Marcia(Ron) Hulsey of Cuba; and Dena Minor of Pekin; fourteen grandchildren; many great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren. Clara loved music and played stringed instruments, mostly guitar, with her sisters who played violin and mandolin. They did a lot of entertaining during the 40’s though she would rather dance. She worked at Hirham Walkers during WWll and later at Atwoods Vacuum Machine Company in Havana. Then at Dana Victor retiring in 1980. For something to do, she took up quilting and genealogy. She also helped her husband with the work on the farm and loved her garden. It was a joy for her to cook up a big meal for her family on holidays. Private funeral services were held Monday, March 30 with Timothy Collard officiating. Burial was in Lakeside Cemetery. Henderson Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting Clara’s family with her arrangements. Memorials may be directed to Clara’s family C/O Henderson Funeral Home 2131 Velde Dr. Pekin, Il. 61554. To leave Clara’s family an online condolence, please visit

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