Celebrating the life of Clara Mae Claver Strand
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Beloved wife of the late Louis Strand, much loved mother to David Strand and Karen Dodd (John). She will always be a cherished grandmother of Samantha Loessin (Tyler), Jessica Clark (Jimmy) and Austin Dodd. She will never be forgotten by her great grand-daughter Mira Loessin.
Clara was born and raised in Helena, Montana where she then went to Western Montana College to become a teacher. She taught for a year in Red Lodge, Montana and then received a job teaching in Stevensville where she met the love of her life Louis Strand and they were married for 56 years. Louis’s career took them to Helena, Montana and Clara did everything there from teaching swimming lessons, working as a school teacher aid and becoming a Mary Kay beauty consultant for 10 years where she loved to make women feel good about themselves. She then retired in Big Timber, Montana where her major past time was attending the Hospitality House for meals and to play cards along with spending time with her many friends.
The remaining 6 years of her life were spent in Deer Park Washington with her family. Where she was taken care of in her final days and was able to fulfill her wishes.
Clara loved to paint, her favorite work was “rosemaling” which is a Norwegian technique of painting wood and metal. She was a member of the Sons of Norway where she loved to do their scrap booking. For 19 years she would recycle cards at the hospitality house and sell them to help the funding.
Clara loved life and would be there for anyone without hesitation. She would come and visit her grandchildren as often as she could. When her great-granddaughter Mira was born she became the light of her life and always made her smile. When she walked into a room everyone’s face would light up as there was never a dull moment when she was around. She loved to entertain guests and would always greet you with a cup of coffee, dessert and a story. She cherished her pictures and memories of them which she would always share with you. Words cannot describe how much she will be deeply missed by all of her family and friends.
Graveside services will be held 2pm Saturday March 21st at Mountain View Cemetery. There will be a get-together following at the Grand Hotel. Memorials in Clara’s name may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
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West of Big Timber
Big Timber, MT 59011
Gathering to follow committal service at The Grand Hotel