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Clara Kirby

Memorial services are scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at West Alameda Church of Christ, 2807 W. Alameda, Roswell, for Clara Dee Kirby.

Kirby, 87, earned her angel wings Tuesday, April 10, 2018, in Roswell.

Harry Tackett will officiate the services.

Clara was born July 12, 1930, in Boswell, Texas, to John Birdsong and Mary Garrett. She lived in the same home in Artesia for more than 50 years and was blessed with many lifelong neighbors and friends.

Clara lived her life with a servant’s heart. She focused her life on raising her children, waiting on her friends as a waitress, and cooking some of the finest pies to be found. Even after retirement, Clara worked as a caregiver for those in need.

People loved her baking of pastries, such as pies, cinnamon rolls, and homemade yeast rolls. At Jackson’s restaurant, she was known for making three to four days’ worth of pies a week that sold out by the first morning once people knew it was “Clara’s day to make pies.” She had a group of customers who were happy to follow her wherever she was working to enjoy her amazing cooking. Clara also had a passion for crocheting, embroidering, fishing and camping.

She won numerous blue ribbons in the county fair for her flawless and meticulous sewing, crocheting and embroidering. She saw to it that each one of her children and grandchildren had a piece of her work.

Clara taught square dancing classes for many years at the Artesia community center. She loved to dance – two-stepping, waltzing, and doing the jitterbug. She bowled on a league several nights of the week for many years. Her daughters learned to do their homework by the sound of clashing pins very well!

Clara enjoyed fishing and camping during her retirement years. Sitting by the side of the lake was as close to heaven as she could get in this great world.

Survivors include daughters Delene Cox of Albuquerque and Jeannie Fitzpatrick and husband Bill of Roswell; stepchildren Laura Kirby of San Angelo, Texas, Naomi Land of West Columbia, S.C., JC Kirby of College Station, Texas, and Heather Allen of Salt Lake City, Utah; grandchildren Justin, Randy, Jennifer, Craig, Brandi, Jaretta, Tim and Ty; and great-grandchildren April, Gavin, Natalie, Allen, Hayden, Logan, Tannon, Rakaylyn, Torriona, Amaia, Mason, Lexus, Ben, Evan and Mckenzee.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Mary; husbands J.T. Rainwater, Glenn Perry and James Kirby; grandson Walker Fitzpatrick Jr.; stepson Gene Perry; stepdaughter Patsy Devore; brothers John, Doc, Jess, Joe, Troy and Luther; and sisters Grace and Dessie.

The family wishes to extend special thanks to Cherri Williams and Patricia Poland for their care of our precious mother and to Sunset Villa for providing comfort care in her final day.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home, 1356 N.M. 236, Portales, N.M., 88130-9411.

Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory. Condolences may be expressed online at www.andersonbethany.com.