Clara P. McCarraher

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Feb 7 1943
Jan 7 2018
74 Years
Gap, Pennsylvania

The world lost a warrior.  Clara P. McCarraher, 74, of Gap, died on January 7, 2018 in the company of her daughter Donna, her son Jay, and other family members at Paoli Hospital, where she was the recipient of loving care provided by the hospital staff.

Born in Honey Brook, PA, Clara was one of 8 children. She was the daughter of Charles and Anna Moore. She was a licensed practical nurse (LPN) and worked at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Coatesville, PA, in a psychiatric unit. She also worked at the Harrison House in Christiana, PA and Tel-Hai in Honey Brook, PA, providing care to the elderly. 

In the early eighties, she began her career as a driver for the Amish, which led to close ties with the community, including her beloved friend/sister, Sadie Glick, and her family.

Why a warrior? Clara said what she meant. Her sharp tongue was tempered by the deep love she gave her family and friends.  If her children had to pick two words to represent their mother, it would be “Her way,” because that is how she lived her life. She taught her children and those around her the meaning of friendship, generosity, helping others, and not being afraid of standing up for what you believe and what you think is right, no matter the cost. Her grandchildren, Cody, Kaylyn, Sydney, Katelyn, Dominic, Gracie, Olivia, Paige, and Desmon, will carry with them forever the memories of how she showered them with love, gifts, and free advice!

While her children have lived their adult lives North Carolina, she was embraced by her family and many friends in Lancaster County. To all of you, her children say thank you for being with her when we were not, sharing meals and laughter, and giving her sense of community.  Our mother was seldom alone and for this we are extremely grateful. Finally, we’d like to thank Johnny Walton and his family for the kindness they showed our family during mom’s last moments at Paoli Hospital.

Clara is survived by her children Donna (and her partner Patti) and Jay (and his wife Melissa); her siblings Bette, MaryAnn, Larry, and Linda; and nieces Tonia, Michelle, Sherri (known to Clara as “Shurry”), Lori, and Shannon. 

Mom, your job here is finished. You have done very well. You were loved more than you could ever imagine and will be missed everyday by those whose many lives you have touched. 

The Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 4 PM at Wilde Funeral Home, 434 Main St., Parkesburg, Pa with visitation from 2 until 4 PM. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can the family requests donations to the Water Street Mission in Lancaster PA.

 

 

 

Service Date: 
Jan 11 2018 - 4:00pm

Condolences

Jay,

I am thinking about you and yours.Losing a mother is tough.

Love and sympathy,

Marilyn 

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My prayers are with all, who knew and loved Clara. I loved my relationship with her, we became very close and enjoyed spending time together. I will miss her so much, she is in my heart forever.

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Jay,

Thinking of you through this tough time.

Sincerely, Hessy

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Donna,

We are so sorry. Sending love to you and your family across the miles. Hang in there. 

Love,

Paul, Ricia, Chase and Christian 

 

 

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Mr. Jay and family, 

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time of loss and sadness.

Love and hugs,

Tim & Jenny 

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Jay, 

Know we are all saddened by the passing of your mother. Your mother, you and your family have been in our prayers. We all hope you find peace and comfort in knowing your mother is with God in heaven. Know we care about you. 

Officials of the Northwest Association 

 

 

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Jay,

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother.  My thoughts and prayers are with you now and in the days to come.

Janel 

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Cody I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

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You both are carrying on the torch for your mom! What a formidable person she was...and what formidable people you both are. God bless you all. 

Lots of love,

Niki, Mike, Kirsi and Aila

 

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Jay, Melissa, and family

Our prayers for comfort and healing during these days. We remember the visits by your mom when we were with you at Trinity in Vale. She always had good words to say to us. And we could always tell how proud she was of you and your role as dad/husband!

Peace

John and Anna Lisa

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Jay, we are so sorry for the loss of your Mom.  Sending hugs and prayers for you and your family. We are here for you.   Bob, Jan and Jake

 

 

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Dear Donna and Jay'

The world has lost a truly wonderful person, your Mother was there for me when I needed someone so many years ago. She did so many things for Nathaniel I could never repay her if I wanted too.

She will sorely be missed by many. I know she's up there hugging her "chocolate chip" right now! Give him one for me also. Thoughts and prayers are with you both.

Love Cindy

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Jay,

On behalf of the ACPAPA, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. A donation in honor of your mother to the Water Street Mission is forthcoming. If we can be of assistance or support during this difficult time, please let us know.

Sincerely,

Chad

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My sincerest heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of Clara Pauline.  As I view the 1961 Scott Senior High School yearbook with Clara's photo and now read of her obituary and condolences; all reflect a life of a lovely, lively, laudable person.  May God's promises comfort you in your sorrow and may His blessings bring you peace. Sincerely, Sharon L. Rhoades Scott      

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Donna and Jay, and all family members:

My thoughts and prayers to you and yours.  Your mother, Clara, was a very special person, and someone wonderful to have had as a friend.  She had a heart of gold, compassion beyond belief, a quick and agile brain, and a fierce sense of independence.. Let's just say that she was unforgettable!....

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Dominic,

We are so sorry for the loss of your wonderful grandmother, Gigi, but we are happy that you are old enough to have so many special memories of her that you will be able to hold in your heart forever. We love you!

XOXO

Aunt Kerri and Cousin Alexandra 

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Donna,

We are so sorry about your mom’s passing. Even though we are unable to be there, please know our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family always.

Love, hugs and kisses,

Kerri and Alexandra

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<p>Jay and family, &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother! She was a delight to meet when she first came to Trinity! You are in our thoughts and prayers! We love you! &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Ralph and Nesta</p>

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Donna, Jay & famil

Sending my deepest sympathy to each of you!
Aunt Fats you have always been there to talk to no matter what you will be greatly missed!
With all my Love & Prayers!
Lisa Reeder & family

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Donna, Jay & famil

Sending my deepest sympathy to each of you!
Aunt Fats you have always been there to talk to no matter what you will be greatly missed!
With all my Love & Prayers!
Lisa Reeder & family

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Donna, Patti and Dominic,

Our deepest sympathy pours out to Clara’s family and friends. The extent of their love and friendship is evident in the obituary and responses. We pray for all, especially Donna, Patti and Dominic, who are a vital part of our family. Clara is now at peace.

Thoughts and prayers. Love to all.

Larry and Barbara (Dad and Mom) (FarFar and Nana)

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Dominic,

We know you are sad and how much you loved your Grandmother

You will always remember how she loved you.

Love,

Nana and Farfar

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Lancaster Chapter 301, the National Association of Federal Retired Employees, extends sincere sympathy to the family of one of our members, Clara McCarraher. 

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