Clara's Story

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Clara Aster Higginbotham, age 102 and a resident of Palestine went peacefully in her sleep to be with her beloved Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on December 28th, 2017. She was born on December 10, 1915 in Streetman, Texas to Dixie Madewell and Myrtle Weaver. At an early age Clara's mother died so she dropped out of school and lovingly helped her father raise her five siblings which included two sisters: Catherine and Minnie Pearl, and three brothers: JD, Ed, and Elmer.
As a result of Clara's father moving the family to Palestine, it was there that she would later find and marry the love of her life, Clarence Alfred Higginbotham, on April 22, 1933. They were married for 39 years. During this time they owned a business called Higginbotham Ice and later also managed a furniture store. Together they raised four wonderful children, who are all now deceased, but rejoicing with them both in Heaven. Their children's names were: Carl, Harvey, Billie Jean and William Lee (Bo). During her entire life, Clara was a hard worker. For over 19 years she served as both a cook and waitress behind the Soda Fountain Counter at Presley & Crook in downtown Palestine. It was said that her homemade chili and donuts were among the customers' favorites!
Clara was a life member of Unit 63 Texas Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary. Starting in 1972 and ending in 1998 she faithfully volunteered and ministered to disabled American Veterans at the VA Hospital in Marlin, Texas. At the age of 88, she received a medal from the Ladies' DAV Auxiliary for Outstanding Hospital Volunteer.
Clara loved the outdoors and especially raking leaves during the Fall. Even at the age of 101, you could still spot her in the yard raking leaves and putting them in trash bags! Clara also had a great fondness for singing hymns. When recently asked who her favorite singer of all time happened to be she quickly replied, "Me!"
Clara, (Nannie) and Clarence (Paw-Paw) were blessed with six grandchildren. Three grandsons: the late William Denham, the late Dewayne Higginbotham and Daniel Denham. Three granddaughters: the late Hope Higginbotham, Jeannie Denham Kocher, and Brenda Higginbotham Hodges. Clara was also blessed with six great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.
The family would like to express heart-felt thanks to the following people who took tender care of Clara during the past year: Rhonda Thomas, Mindy Danielsen, Virginia and Buddy Howell, Dr. French and the caring staff at TruCare.
Family and friends will gather at Bailey and Foster Funeral Home, 207 South Magnolia, Palestine, Texas on Saturday, January 6th for visitation from 11:00 to 1:00 p.m.  Immediately following will be a Chapel Service at 1:00 p.m., with Rev. Malcolm Harrison officiating. Arrangements have been entrusted to Bailey & Foster Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be David Hodges, Trevor Hodges, Buddy Howell, Bradley Hodges, Nathan Hodges, and Daniel Denham.
Instead of flowers donations can be made to Calvary Baptist Church located at 703 East Gillespie, Palestine, Texas.
To view online leave condolences or sign the guest book go to www.baileyandfosterfuneralhome.com.
Published on January 3, 2018
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