Anacortes, WA, March 06, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- Social change visions with love and compassion were Clara's forte. She lived and died at home as she had wished, with her family around her. Her favorite grandson, Joshua, was at her side along with the Director and she passed away peacefully in her sleep.
There will be a memorial in the Anacortes Library Circle Room open to the public on her birthday, March 26th, from 11AM-1PM. Donations are accepted in her memory and to pay her debts online at CSIRI.ORG via paypal.
Clara Olive Senff Bowe was a resident in Anacortes in her early years, a graduate of Anacortes High School in the 1920s, and retired here in the 70s with her husband Andrew A. Bowe, who, although he passed on early in 1978, was still able to get in almost 400 hours of community service driving the senior van around. Clara was a lifelong volunteer, and went from being the Secretary for the Anacortes Arts and Crafts Festival at its beginnings, to delivering meals on wheels from the senior center for over 15 years and also launching many programs that helped the local center obtain national recognition this year. From the plant sale, to the senior band, to the exercise programs, Clara started many an exciting opportunity for life after retirement. She would have been 103 years old on March 26th this year. Born in Sedro Woolley in 1911, Clara and her brother, Les Senff, and her sister, Jennie Gay LeMaister, born in 1909, and her mom Gladys Senff, and her dad, Guy Senff, all relocated to Anacortes in 1915. Her sister Jennie Gay LeMaister, is on one of the Anacortes Mural Projects located downtown near the Chamber of Congress, holding the salmon she won a salmon derby with in the 1930s. Clara is survived by her daughters, five grandchildren and one great grandchild who turns one today, and nieces and nephews and their children. The Director has placed links on her web page under Books and Movies by Andi Bowe to the Memoirs of Clara Bowe: Not the Movie Star! This takes you to the author’s page on lulu.com, where you can order a paperback, hard copy, or even download an ebook with the story of Clara’s Life. Thanks to all her friends. Her family will miss her very much. Aloha.