Clara May Ross

Clara May Ross

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BLOOMINGTON — Clara May Ross, 89, of Normal and formerly of Downs, passed away at 1:20 p.m. Friday (March 12, 2010) at Heritage Manor, Bloomington.

Her funeral will be at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at Carmody-Flynn Williamsburg Funeral Home, Bloomington, and at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Holy Trinity Church, Bloomington. Burial will be in Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home, with a VFW Post 454 Ladies Auxiliary service at 6:30 p.m.

Memorials may be made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars or the United Service Organizations.

Clara was born April 18, 1920, the fourth of 16 children of John H. and Mary H. Coup Taylor. She married Charles D. Ross on Oct. 21, 1939, in Bloomington. He passed away Dec. 19, 1976.

They were the parents of Jerry Ross of Bloomington; Terry Ross Sr. of Normal; Linda (Terry) Pitcock of San Antonio, Texas; twins Deanna and Donna Ross, both deceased; Jack Ross of East Palatka, Fla.; Stephen (Lori) Ross of Lexington; Charles “Doc” (Anita) Ross of Bloomington; Ruth (John) Clymer of Goodfield; and Baby Boy Ross, deceased. She was the grandmother of 19, the great-grandmother of 21 and the great-great-grandmother of four; her siblings include Howard Taylor, deceased; Carrie Burgess of Normal; Rosemond Mott-Sheets, deceased; Ben Taylor of Bloomington; Elsie Price of Columbia, Tenn.; John Taylor, deceased; George Taylor, deceased; Charles Taylor, deceased; Mary Hodge, deceased; Helen Shaffer, deceased; Pansy Taylor; deceased; Delmar Taylor, deceased; Wilbur “Bill” Taylor of Bloomington; Jack Taylor, deceased; and Baby Taylor, deceased.

Clara last worked for Denny’s Doughnut shop in Bloomington. She was past president of the Downs VFW Ladies Auxiliary in the 1970s. She was known as the only Honorary Recruiter for the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was a strong believer that young men should fight for and protect our country, including her five sons. Clara was very proud of the fact that her children and grandchildren understood that freedom is not free and that we have to fight to protect it.

Clara loved to sew, crochet and garden. She always found the hottest day of the year to can without air conditioning. Clara loved being with people. Everyone who knew her will say that when you came to her home she would always ask you if you wanted something to eat; she didn’t want anyone leaving her house hungry.

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